Jessica Apter first came to Levy Ratner as the recipient of a prestigious Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship. That experience confirmed her passion for labor and employment law. Reminiscing about that summer, Jessica recalls a dusk ‘til dawn collective bargaining session: “We stayed up all night with an inspiring group of health care workers committed to their self-determination and improving their working conditions.”
Jessica’s first career was as a medical massage therapist, treating clients suffering from injuries and other serious medical conditions. She also worked in New York City’s spa industry, where she was exposed to an array of wage and hour violations and discrimination. “I did some research and demanded better for myself and my coworkers.” These disputes pushed her to pursue a longstanding career goal: going to law school.
In law school, Jessica focused her studies on workers’ rights law, and completed internships at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, and the Brooklyn Law School Workers’ Rights Clinic. She also volunteered with the Unemployment Action Center, representing workers who were unfairly denied unemployment insurance.
After law school, she served as a fellow in the office of the Public Advocate for the City of New York, doing research relating to prisoners’ rights, children’s rights and disability discrimination in education, transportation and housing.
Jessica returned to Levy Ratner in 2015, and was admitted to practice in New Jersey the same year, and in New York in 2016. Jessica’s experience as a massage therapist informs her empathic and goal-driven approach to serving clients. Jessica primarily works in Levy Ratner’s collections and employee benefits practice, protecting workers’ retirement and healthcare security by enforcing the promises employers make about compensation and benefits.
Admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey