Top Women: Jessica Yates

by Kaley LaQuea

Snell & Wilmer partner Jessica Yates didn’t initially plan on becoming an attorney. But after working in public administration and policy in Washington, D.C., with lawyers, she liked the work they did and became interested in taking her career in that direction.

She’s a self-described “procedure geek” and naturally fell into business litigation and appellate work after she did a clerkship with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“I love the rules. I love the rules of civil procedure, the rules of evidence, of appellate procedure,” she said. “And in litigation, you get to use all these rules in addition to the statutes — which are another set of rules that have their own procedures — and figure out what is the best path forward doing that.”

One of Yates’ biggest wins this year involved a 10th Circuit resolution on a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case. She represented a major financial institution in an appeal from a homeowner who claimed that her client and co-defendant breached the FDCPA.

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