Jessie provides strategic solutions to complex business issues. She litigates commercial and employment cases before state and federal courts, arbitration panels and administrative agencies throughout the country. She also has significant experience resolving matters through mediation and other forms of ADR. A litigator with a background in complex corporate transactions, Jessie understands that favorable results—whether at trial or before—are achieved only through strategic pretrial work that positions cases to win at trial. Before joining Shook, Jessie served as an appellate court clerk and practiced in the Chicago office of Mayer Brown, focusing on capital markets, commercial transactions and corporate governance—experience that provides her with valuable insights in litigating commercial cases.

Jessie represents clients across industries including automotive, biotechnology, design and construction, broadcasting and entertainment, finance, consumer products and telecommunications. She handles commercial disputes involving contract and warranty claims, securities litigation, business torts, defamation, construction delay and defect claims, unfair competition and restrictive covenants including non-compete, employee non-solicit, customer non-solicit, and confidentiality clauses. Jessie also handles employment disputes involving harassment, discrimination, retaliation, concerted activity and wage-and-hour claims. 

Jessie is actively involved in the community. She serves on the board of directors for several organizations and has been recognized as a leader by KC Business Magazine and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.


Jessica A.E. McKinney & Bill Martucci, Social Media Issues Generally in the Employment Context: A Pragmatic Overview, National Employment Perspective - Focus on Policy, Jan. 9, 2014.

Mark Tatum & Jessica A.E. McKinney, Joint Employer Liability Does Not Extend to Co-Employer's Illegal Deductions, National Employment Perspective - Focus on Wage & Hour, June 4, 2013.

Edward S. Best & Jessica A.E. McKinney, Corporation Law: Illinois, Practical Law Company (2012).

Jessica A.E. McKinney, Rescuecom Corp. v. Google Inc.: A Conscious Analytical Shift, 95 Iowa L. Rev. 281 (2009).


An Update of Current Labor and Employment Issues in Agriculture, Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City Seminar, Kansas City, Missouri (January 15, 2015).

Potpourri of Hot Employment Topics: Where Social Media and Employment Law Collide – Emerging Issues in the Context of Social Media & Employment Law, Missouri Bar Employment Litigation CLE: Dynamic and Practical Insights for Today’s Advocates, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri (June 2014).