Jessica assists start-up and small business entities to protect their valuable intellectual property assets while achieving their goals through creative corporate and tax planning strategies.
Jessica is a shareholder of Fredrikson & Byron and a member of its Tax Planning & Business Organization, Nonprofit and Internet, Technology & E-Commerce Groups. Jessica supports many businesses in the role of general counsel, and deals with issues relating to choice of entity in entity formation, business ownership and disputes, and the purchase and sale of businesses.
Jessica also works with nonprofit entities. She assists in obtaining tax exempt status and in resolving federal and state law compliance issues for nonprofit entities.
In her work with the Internet, Technology & E-Commerce Group, Jessica concentrates on copyright protection and registration for a variety of works, including technology-based works such as on-line works and computer programs, as well as more “traditional” works, such as books, scripts, art and musical arrangements. She provides advice and drafts agreements relating to the transfer of intellectual property assets in transactions and provides advice in negotiating publishing and licensing agreements.
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Articles & Presentations
December 1, 2017
As of January 1, 2018, all Minnesota limited liability companies (LLCs) will be governed by Minnesota’s new LLC statute, Chapter 322C, including LLCs formed under the predecessor LLC statute, Chapter 322B. Chapter 322C is different in significant ways from Chapter 322B.Read More
September 26, 2016
The short answer is “yes.” Whether you are inspired by this year’s U.S. presidential debates or otherwise to host your own debate, a 501(c)(3) can engage in various election-related activities, so long as the 501(c)(3) follows certain rules so as not to jeopardize its tax-exempt status.Read More
December 2, 2015
New limited liability company (LLC) laws became effective in Minnesota and North Dakota earlier this year, ushering in a significantly different legal landscape relating to the rights and responsibilities of LLC members and management and third parties dealing with LLCs in those states. Although banks and bank holding companies are not typically structured as LLCs for regulatory reasons, banks and bank holding companies commonly establish LLC subsidiaries to engage in tangential activities such as insurance sales or holding other real estate (OREO). Therefore, it is important for banks to note the changes to the LLC laws. This article highlights some important aspects of Minnesota’s new LLC law (Minnesota’s New Act) and North Dakota’s new LLC law (North Dakota’s New Act) (or, the New Acts).Read More
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
- Co-Presenter, “Ten Legal Challenges Faced by Family-Owned Businesses,” Fredrikson & Byron’s 33nd Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminar, November 3, 2017
- Co-Speaker, “Best Practices for Selecting Your Business Entity Type,” 2017 Best Practices Conference, October 26, 2017
Honors & Education
- Temple University Law School, J.D., 1999
- University of Wisconsin, B.A., 1993, Japanese and Sociology, with distinction
- Minnesota, 1999
- Minnesota State Bar Association, North Star Lawyer, 2013
- Frequent presenter on choice of entity, closely-held business entity and tax-exempt entity at Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education and National Business Institute seminars
- Member, American Bar Association, Minnesota Bar Association, and Hennepin County Bar Association
- Adjunct Business Practicum Professor, Spring and Fall, 2008 Spring 2009, and Spring 2010 Semesters, William Mitchell College of Law
- The Afghanistan Transitional Commercial Law Project - Advisor on Partnership Law to The Afghan Transitional Administration, 2002-2004
- United States Department of State Program presenter on intellectual property issues in Almaty, Kazakhstan, October 2002