Jessica M. Baquet

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Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Garden City, NY

Jaspan Schlesinger LLP
 | 300 Garden City Plaza, 5th Floor
Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: 516-746-8000
Fax: 516-393-8282
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (40%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Appellate (20%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    As partner at Jaspan Schlesinger, LLP, Jessica M. Baquet is an employment litigation lawyer who represents clients in New York City, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island. In federal and state courts, she defends public and private employers facing charges of retaliation, harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour violations. Her practice focus extends to municipal law, trusts and estates, and appellate law.

    Ms. Baquet is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern District of New Jersey, the state of New York and the state of New Jersey. In 2005, she earned a Bachelor of Arts from New York University before attending St. John’s University School of Law, where she obtained a Juris Doctor in 2008.

    A member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the National Hispanic Bar Association and the Long Island Bar Association, Ms. Baquet has published writings in Suffolk Lawyer and the New York Law Journal. In 2016, she received the Outstanding Women in Law Award from Hofstra University School of Law.

    Ms. Baquet also handles cases that involve probate, spousal right of election, the removal and surcharge of fiduciaries, and accountings in contested Surrogate’s Court proceedings. Along with providing legal representation, she drafts separation agreements, employment contracts, and employee handbooks and manuals, and she advises employers in matters of compliance, procedure and policy. Former clients include school districts and municipal employers, represented before the Industrial Board of Appeals and the New York State Department of Labor.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Employment Litigation
    • 30%Business Litigation
    • 20%Appellate
    • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Non-Compete Agreements, Appeals


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    Super Lawyers: 2020 Rising Stars: 2014 - 2019

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    About Jessica Baquet

    Admitted: 2009, New York

    Professional Webpage:


    • New York Metro Area Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014-2018
    • Academic Scholarship, Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2001
    • Award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing, Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, 2005
    • Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business, Long Island Business News, 2018
    • College of Arts and Science Scholarship, New York University, 2001
    • Academic Scholarship, Academic Scholarship, St. John's University School of Law, 2005
    • Finalist, Reverend Joseph T. Tinnelly Moot Court Competition, St. John's University School of Law, 2006
    • Celebrating women who have made meaningful and inspiring contributions to the legal community., Outstanding Women in Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, 2016

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • New York
    • United States Supreme Court
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
    • New Jersey
    • Ms. Baquet is a member of the New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations, as well as the Long Island and National Hispanic Bar Associations.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author, Aiding Avarice: The Inequitable Results of Limited Grounds for Spousal Disqualification Under EPTL 5-1.2, 23 St. John's J Legal Comment 843 (2008). This Note summarizes the limited grounds for spousal disqualification available under section 5-1.2 of the New York Estates, Powers and Trusts Law, and discusses circumstances in which the statute does not provide for the disqualification of a surviving spouse although, as a policy matter, the spouse should be barred from inheriting from his or her deceased spouse's estate.  It provides a detailed history of the spousal elective share, an analysis of cases in which an unworthy surviving spouse could not be disqualified under the statute, and proposes that courts equitably estop unworthy spouses from inheriting until the legislature amends the statute.  This Note was cited as authority by the New York State Appellate Division, Second Department in Campbell v. Thomas, 73 A.D.2d 103, 897 N.Y.S.2d 460 (2d Dep’t 2010), the first case in which a surviving spouse was equitably estopped from inheriting from her deceased spouse's estate although she could not be disqualified under the statute.  Campbell was decided together with Estate of Berk, 71 A.D.3d 883, 897 N.Y.S.2d 475 (2d Dep't 2010), a case in which Ms. Baquet represented the executors of an estate.  The Appellate Division's decision in Berk reversed a decision of the Surrogate's Court in which a surviving spouse was granted summary judgment as to her entitlement to an elective share of the decedent's estate.  In doing so, the Appellate Division held that questions of fact existed as to whether the alleged spouse, a nurse who had married her incapacitated 99 year old ward less than one year before his death, should be equitably estopped from taking an elective share of the decedent's estate.
    • This article discusses recent amendments to New York Commercial Division Rule 26 which permit courts to impose time limits on trials., Author, Practical Considerations for Time Limited Trials, Suffolk Lawyer, 2017
    • This article discusses the 2016 amendments to the New York State Human Rights Law and New York City Human Rights Law, which make discrimination in the workplace on the basis of an employee's family responsibilities unlawful., Author, Family Responsibility Discrimination Now Unlawful in New York, New York Law Journal, 2016
    • This article discusses the fact that hostile work environment discrimination claims may be based on electronic communications that are sent from or received by employees' personal accounts and/or transmitted from personal devices outside of business hours or facilities., Co-Author, Defending Hostile Work Environment Claims in the Digital Age, New York Law Journal, 2015
    • This article discusses the obligation of municipalities to revoke the defense and/or indemnification of public employees who violate the duty to cooperate by refusing to accept a reasonable settlement offer., Author, Defense and Indemnification of Public Employees After Lancaster, NYSBA's Municipal Lawyer, 2014


    • Glacken v. Vill. of Freeport, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146272 (E.D.N.Y. 2010)
    • Lancaster v.Vill. Of Freeport, 92 A.D.3d 885 (2d Dep’t 2012)
    • Matter of Berk, 71 A.D.3d 883 (2d Dep’t 2010)
    • Barrella v. Vill. of Freeport, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 174461 (E.D.N.Y. 2012)
    • Powell v. Westbury Union Free Sch. Dist., 91 A.D.3d 955 (2d Dep’t 2012)
    • Lancaster v. Vill. of Freeport, 22 N.Y.3d 30 (2013)
    • Rose v. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., 4322/2009, NYLJ, Oct. 2, 2014 at p. 22
    • Lawrence v. Sol G. Atlas Realty Co., Inc., 841 F.3d 91 (2d Cir. 2016)
    • Glacken v. Vill. of Freeport, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63871 (E.D.N.Y. 2014)
    • Matter of Berk, 133 A.D.3d 850 (2d Dep’t 2015)
    • Matter of Koeppel, 4098-1996/A, NYLJ, Nov. 28, 2016 at p. 31
    • Matter of Berk, 2488-2006, NYLJ, July 2, 2018 at p. 31
    • Matter of Berk, 2488-2006, NYLJ, May 30, 2017 at p. 29
    • Matter of Koeppel, 4098-1996/C, NYLJ, Feb. 28, 2018 at p. 22
    • Matter of Koeppel, 4098-1996/A, NYLJ, May 25, 2018 at p. 23
    • Lawrence v. Sol G. Atlas Realty Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114063 (E.D.N.Y. 2015); Matter of Berk, 133 A.D.3d 850 (2d Dep't 2015); Rose v. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., 2014 NY Slip Op 32831(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Nassau Cty. 2014); Matter of Lancaster v. Inc. Vill of Freeport, 92 A.D.3d 885, 939 N.Y.S.2d 122 (2d Dep't 2010) aff'd 22 N.Y.3d 30, 978 N.Y.S.2d 101(Nov. 19, 2013). Matter of Powell v. Bd. of Educ. of Westbury Union Free Sch. Dist., 91 A.D.3d 955, 938 N.Y.S.2d 123 (2d Dep’t 2012) Matter of Berk, 71 A.D.3d 883, 897 N.Y.S.2d 475 (2d Dep’t 2010).

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Intern to Hon. Thomas P. Phelan, New York State Supreme Court Justice, 2006

    Educational Background:

    • New York University, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics and Philosophy, 2005
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    300 Garden City Plaza
    5th Floor
    Garden City, NY 11530

    Phone: 516-746-8000

    Fax: 516-393-8282

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