Jessica Ragosta Early is a Boston-based member of Holland & Knight's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice and the firm's COVID-19 Response Team, focusing on force majeure and related contract defenses. Ms. Early is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in all phases of the litigation process. She has successfully represented clients in the prosecution and defense of claims in both federal and state trial courts, and courts of appeals.
In addition, Ms. Early advises companies and individuals regarding complex business disputes, including breach of contract, unfair trade practices, unfair competition and breach of fiduciary duty in both the corporate and trusts and estates contexts. Ms. Early also has significant experience with environmental cost recovery and property damage, toxic torts and product liability actions. Clients rely on Ms. Early to help avoid or resolve conflict short of litigation whenever possible and to vigorously represent them through all phases of litigation, including at the trial and appellate level.
Ms. Early's representative engagements include:
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Early served as a judicial clerk in the Massachusetts Appeals Court for the Honorable Scott L. Kafker, now a justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She also interned as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Margaret R. Hinkle (Ret.) of the Business Litigation Session of the Massachusetts Superior Court.
In the community, Ms. Early is passionate about empowering women and girls, and eliminating racism and inequity through the YW Boston. She serves on its Board of Directors, Fund Development Committee and as co-chair for its annual Academy of Women Achievers luncheon. She also supports women in the legal profession through mentoring and her participation in the Massachusetts Women's Bar Association.
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