Jesse C. Ferrantella

Shareholder || San Diego

Jesse Ferrantella is a shareholder in the San Diego office. He specializes in defending employers in class and representative actions, including claims brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act. In several cases, he has secured dismissal of class and representative allegations, defeated class or conditional certification, and obtained favorable summary judgment rulings through targeted motions and innovative procedural strategies.

Jesse also handles significant motions and appeals. He has obtained favorable rulings before the Ninth and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and briefed significant issues of wage-and-hour law before the California Supreme Court. He has also defended clients in lawsuits alleging discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination discharge, and breach of contract claims.

Jesse has been passionate about employment law since serving on Berkeley’s Journal of Employment and Labor Law. He has brought this passion to his practice and works extremely hard to use his expertise and experience to secure the best possible result for his clients.

Jesse has defended public and private employers in various industries, including mortgage lenders, trucking and transportation companies, automotive dealerships and service centers, restaurants, retailers, hotels and motels, institutions of higher education, healthcare groups, and staffing companies.

Prior to entering private practice, Jesse served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Clark at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges. He also externed with the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Jesse has served as defense counsel in significant California and national employment matters, including nationwide class and collective actions. Recent results include:

Class and PAGA Actions

Significant Appeals


Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • San Diego County Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section)
  • American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Division)


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