Jessica Schachter Jewell

Jessica Schachter Jewell is a member of the Labor & Employment practice group. She provides counseling and litigation defense to local and national employers in a broad spectrum of industries, including restaurant/food service, health care, technology and nonprofit organizations.

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on labor and employment litigation in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. Specifically, I help employers located in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Washington DC. I regularly defend against employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistleblower claims and routinely obtain “no probable cause” determinations and summary judgment in my clients’ favor.

I also assist clients with a variety of employment-related matters, including properly handling investigations into employment discrimination and harassment claims, wage-hour issues, employee termination and various labor issues.

I ensure that I am up to date on the current laws as well as recent trends so that my clients know what to expect today, tomorrow and in the future.

What do you see on the horizon?

I’ve been following developments in labor and employment including recent changes to laws affecting interviewing and hiring practices, wage-hour issues and leave entitlement.


  • “The Intersection of Legislation and Diversity in the Workplace,” 20th Annual Rhode Island's Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference, Warwick, RI, March 28, 2019 (break-out session facilitator)

Lawyers see some ambiguities in federal arbitration measure

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | February 25, 2022

Providence Labor & Employment counsel Jessica Schachter Jewell is quoted throughout this article covering the potential impact of H.R. 4445, pending federal legislation that would prohibit employers from mandating arbitration for sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.

Under R.I. equity measure, firms may need wage audit

Providence Business News | August 20, 2021

This article on Rhode Island’s new pay equity law quotes Providence Labor & Employment counsel Jessica Schachter Jewell extensively on what employers can expect under the law and how they can prepare before the law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2023.

MRM research roundup: Mid-August 2021 edition

Modern Restaurant Management | August 16, 2021

This state-of-the-restaurant-industry and outlook article includes NP’s Q3 Food & Beverage Crystal Ball, covering trends around labor shortages, ransomware attacks, wildfires, and brewery distribution agreements. The insights were provided by Intellectual Property co-leader and Cybersecurity & Privacy team leader Jason Kravitz and Corporate associate Anthony Bova, both in Boston; Providence Labor & Employment counsel Jessica Schachter Jewell; and San Francisco counsel Ian T. O’Banion, and Albany associate Dana P. Stanton, both of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group

Employer-side lawyers parse pay equity law

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | July 23, 2021

Providence Labor & Employment counsel Jessica Schachter Jewell is quoted throughout this article on what employers can expect under Rhode Island’s new pay equity law, including the importance of looking across all protected classes, potential complicating factors related to the “ comparable work” concept, and wage history prohibition and transparency.

Hospital ‘offer letter’ found not to be binding contract

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | March 18, 2021

This article covers a recent Massachusetts Superior Court decision in favor of client Lowell General Hospital, finding that a prospective employee could not establish either a breach of contract claim or a promissory estoppel claim. Providence counsel Jessica Jewell and associate Aaron Nadich, both of the Labor & Employment group, are quoted in the article.

Wake Up Call

Bloomberg Law | February 17, 2021

This roundup of notable legal industry news and people moves includes Nixon Peabody’s promotion of 12 attorneys to counsel.

PBN announces 2020 40 Under Forty winners

Providence Business News | June 12, 2020

This article highlights the publication’s 16th annual “40 Under Forty” award winners, a list that includes Providence Labor and Employment associate Jessica Jewell among the honorees.


Jessica Schachter Jewell



Phone: 401-454-1046


Phone: 617-345-1000

Fax: 855-858-8804

Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A., Social-Organizational Psychology

Tulane University, B.A.


Rhode Island


District of Columbia

U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2022—Up & Coming for Labor & Employment (Rhode Island); she has also been recognized in Chambers USA in previous years.
  • 2020 Providence Business News 40 Under Forty Winner
  • Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law 2020—Up & Coming Lawyers

Rhode Island Bar Association

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