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Jessica W. Catlow


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Jessica has a strong, multidimensional employment practice. Companies and senior executives rely on her to draft and negotiate executive compensation packages, including in connection with mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. In addition, Jessica works with employers to mitigate their risks and ensure their compliance with state and federal employment laws. Jessica takes an entrepreneurial approach to her work. She is deeply invested in her clients and tenacious in her pursuit of the best possible result in every legal matter.

Jessica represents both companies and senior executives in drafting and negotiating executive compensation arrangements in a variety of contexts, including of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, and private equity financing.

Jessica regularly structures deferred compensation arrangements, performance bonus plans, and equity-based compensation plans to comply with employment, corporate, tax, employee benefits, and securities laws in corporate transactions and in the ordinary course of on-going company representation.

Jessica also has extensive expertise in risk mitigation, counseling and training regarding employment practices. She is experienced in representing employers through all phases of litigation before federal and state courts in connection with claims for violation of state and federal antidiscrimination and wage laws, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements.


  • Rutgers University (JD)
  • New York University (BA)


  • Represented BioHorizons and two former Keystone employees in defense of a noncompete enforcement action. The plaintiff, Keystone Dental, claimed that its two former employees breached their customer nonsolicitation obligations by making and attempting to make sales to clients on behalf of BioHorizons that they previously serviced while with Keystone. The court dismissed all of the plaintiff's claims with prejudice and awarded BioHorizons its costs and attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented a wholesale retailer in connection with negotiating the equity awards granted to its CEO, including drafting and negotiating a restricted stock award, a non-qualified option award, two profit interest awards and multi-party put, call and pre-emption rights agreement.

Recognition & Awards

  • Chambers USA: New York (Up and Coming) - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2016 – 2017)
  • Chambers USA: New York (Associate to Watch) - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2015)
  • Included on the New York Super Lawyers: Rising Star - Employee Benefits List (2014)


  • Member, Board of Directors of Terraform ONE, Inc.

Recent Insights

News & Press


The Tax Bill creates a new Section 83(i) of the tax code, which allows certain employees of private companies to defer taxation on the exercise of certain stock options or the settlement of restricted stock units for up to 5 years.
We have been following the high-publicity battle between Uber and Lyft, on the one hand, and the drivers on the other, over whether the drivers are properly classified as independent contractors.  Uber and Lyft argue they are mere technology companies facilitating the connections between drivers and would-be passengers.
Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code precludes the deduction by public companies for compensation paid to certain covered employees in excess of $1,000,000 in any taxable year. This limitation on deduction does not apply to performance-based compensation.
Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code precludes the deduction by public companies for compensation paid to certain covered employees in excess of $1,000,000 in any taxable year.
Following a number of other localities, the City of Philadelphia has enacted the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces law requiring certain employers located in the city to provide employees with up to 40 hours of paid sick time in a calendar year. Here are the 15 things you should know about this law.
Disruptive “technology” companies Uber and Lyft were back in court recently doing their best to ensure their business models are not upended by a ruling that their drivers should be classified as employees rather than independent contractors.
We have written before about the EEOC’s increased focus on the potential disparate impact of employers’ use of background checks in screening applicants for employment, and of a recent federal appeals court decision that put up a significant road block in the EEOC’s efforts to prove disparate impact caused by credit checks as a screening tool.
Back in the summer, we wrote about the Equal Opportunity Commission’s release of its updated enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination claims under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.  Under the PDA, discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related conditions are a form of sex discrimination.
A recent decision from a Georgia federal district court concerning post-employment non-compete agreements reached two notable conclusions of which employers should take note
Understanding the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state and local laws is easy: employers cannot discriminate against individuals with disabilities.

News & Press

Jessica Catlow, an Employment, Labor & Benefits Member, is featured in this Society for Human Resource Management article on recent legislation banning questions about salary history in job interviews and what it may mean for greater pay equality.
Firm’s National Healthcare Practice, NY Corporate/M&A and Litigation: General Commercial Among Newest Rankings
The 2015 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide names 52 Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.  attorneys as “Leaders in Their Fields.”
Thirteen attorneys from Mintz have been named New York Super Lawyers for 2014 and eleven have been named New York Rising Stars. The list will be published in a special advertising supplement in The New York Times Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition.