Jessica Lopez

Associate
Akron
222 South Main Street
Suite 400
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6778
F 330.376.4577
P 330.849.6778 | F 330.376.4577

Overview

Ms. Lopez’s practice focuses on complex business, commercial, and intellectual property litigation. Ms. Lopez works with businesses and individuals to navigate and manage existing and potential litigation needs in both state and federal courts. Though she has handled many types of complex cases, Ms. Lopez’s work often includes prosecuting or defending commercial disputes, including breach of fiduciary duty, lease disputes, and contract claims related to closely held corporations, partnerships, and large and middle-market companies. She is well-versed in “spin-off” claims regarding corporate waste, zone of insolvency issues, and gross mismanagement of corporate funds. Ms. Lopez’s practice also includes both prosecuting and defending intellectual property claims, including trade secret, trademark, patent, and copyright matters.  Ms. Lopez prides herself on the results she obtains for her clients, having successfully defended many clients facing major potential liability.

Experience

Business & Commercial Matters

  • Representing 50% shareholder in shareholder derivative lawsuit involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, injunctive relief, and accounting
  • Defending specialty jewelry retailer in numerous state court actions involving shareholder derivative claims for breach of fiduciary duty, abuse of control, gross mismanagement, unjust enrichment, and breach of contract
  • Representing closely held corporation in litigation involving confirmation of successful arbitration award and associated valuation process pertaining to removal of Officer and Director for breaches of fiduciary obligations
  • Represented global specialty retailer of crafts and fabrics in dispute with foreign corporation involving claims arising under the Uniform Commercial Code for the purchase of defective and non-conforming goods
  • Representing an American power generation company in New York federal court involving claims for breach of consortium contract, promissory estoppel, unjust enrichment, and fraud
  • Successfully represented same American power generation company in federal litigation involving warranty and indemnity claims for defectively supplied catalyst; successfully represented same entity in recent victory before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Represented a public utility holding company with respect to alleged legacy CERCLA liability related to defunct manufactured gas plants
  • Successfully defended with summary judgment victory national banking institute in probate litigation involving allegations of  breaches of the Ohio Uniform Prudent Investor Act
  • Represented live harness & simulcast horse-racing track in federal litigation involving federal allegations arising under the Interstate Horseracing Act and federal antitrust laws
  • Defended law firm and several lawyers in state court legal malpractice lawsuit
  • Defended limited partnership in dispute before the American Arbitration Association concerning declaration of rights under limited partnership agreement and counterclaims involving breaches of fiduciary duties and mismanagement of partnership assets
  • Represented directors and officers of former insolvent corporation under D&O policy to successfully defend claims for breach of fiduciary duties, corporate waste, zone of insolvency issues, and gross mismanagement of corporate funds
  • Represented casino and racetrack in administrative appeals before the Ohio Department of Health concerning alleged violations of Ohio’s Smoke-Free Workplace Act
  • Successfully represented a municipality in litigation involving inverse condemnation and private nuisance claims resulting from flooding of nearby waterways and subsequent property damage, sitting second chair at trial
  • Successfully represented a commercial landlord in action for forcible entry and unlawful detainer, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment pertaining to the supply of petroleum products and associated lease of property

Intellectual Property Matters

  • Representing foreign tire company in federal patent litigation against global tire manufacturer
  • National coordinating counsel for large automobile dealership in relation to maintenance and enforcement of intellectual property rights
  • Prosecuted in federal court trade dress infringement claims on behalf of national tool manufacturing company 
  • Represented corporation in defense of trade secret rights, including enforcement of non-compete against former employee
  • Successfully defended through motion to dismiss Swedish tool making company against patent infringement claims before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Defended limited liability company in federal court action involving copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and right of publicity claims
  • Represented advertising agency in defending trademark registration rights before the USPTO in relation to an office action denying registration based on a likelihood of confusion with prior registered mark
     
Services

Industries

Education

  1. The University of Akron School of Law, LL.M., Intellectual Property
    • magna cum laude
    • Master’s Thesis, Problems and Solutions to Protecting Trade Secrets in the Film Industry Both Domestically and Internationally
  2. The University of Akron School of Law, J.D.
    • magna cum laude
    • Dean’s List Honors
    • CALI Award for Academic Excellence, Copyright Law
    • Academic Success Program Fellow, Contract Law
    • Akron Law Review, Staff Member
    • Intellectual Property Journal, Akron Law Review, Production Editor
  3. University of Michigan, B.A., Political Science and Spanish

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  3. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Recognitions

  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2017-2019)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Officer, Women in the Profession Section Council (2016-2017)
    • Member, Council of Delegates (2015-2019)
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
Community Affiliations
  • Keep Akron Beautiful
    • Board of Directors (2019-2022)
    • Green the Scene Planning Committee Member (2018-2019)
  • Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce
    • Member, Economic Inclusion Committee (2019-2020)
    • Communications Committee, Young Professionals Network (2014-2015)

Insights

Overview

Ms. Lopez’s practice focuses on complex business, commercial, and intellectual property litigation. Ms. Lopez works with businesses and individuals to navigate and manage existing and potential litigation needs in both state and federal courts. Though she has handled many types of complex cases, Ms. Lopez’s work often includes prosecuting or defending commercial disputes, including breach of fiduciary duty, lease disputes, and contract claims related to closely held corporations, partnerships, and large and middle-market companies. She is well-versed in “spin-off” claims regarding corporate waste, zone of insolvency issues, and gross mismanagement of corporate funds. Ms. Lopez’s practice also includes both prosecuting and defending intellectual property claims, including trade secret, trademark, patent, and copyright matters.  Ms. Lopez prides herself on the results she obtains for her clients, having successfully defended many clients facing major potential liability.

Experience

Business & Commercial Matters

  • Representing 50% shareholder in shareholder derivative lawsuit involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, injunctive relief, and accounting
  • Defending specialty jewelry retailer in numerous state court actions involving shareholder derivative claims for breach of fiduciary duty, abuse of control, gross mismanagement, unjust enrichment, and breach of contract
  • Representing closely held corporation in litigation involving confirmation of successful arbitration award and associated valuation process pertaining to removal of Officer and Director for breaches of fiduciary obligations
  • Represented global specialty retailer of crafts and fabrics in dispute with foreign corporation involving claims arising under the Uniform Commercial Code for the purchase of defective and non-conforming goods
  • Representing an American power generation company in New York federal court involving claims for breach of consortium contract, promissory estoppel, unjust enrichment, and fraud
  • Successfully represented same American power generation company in federal litigation involving warranty and indemnity claims for defectively supplied catalyst; successfully represented same entity in recent victory before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Represented a public utility holding company with respect to alleged legacy CERCLA liability related to defunct manufactured gas plants
  • Successfully defended with summary judgment victory national banking institute in probate litigation involving allegations of  breaches of the Ohio Uniform Prudent Investor Act
  • Represented live harness & simulcast horse-racing track in federal litigation involving federal allegations arising under the Interstate Horseracing Act and federal antitrust laws
  • Defended law firm and several lawyers in state court legal malpractice lawsuit
  • Defended limited partnership in dispute before the American Arbitration Association concerning declaration of rights under limited partnership agreement and counterclaims involving breaches of fiduciary duties and mismanagement of partnership assets
  • Represented directors and officers of former insolvent corporation under D&O policy to successfully defend claims for breach of fiduciary duties, corporate waste, zone of insolvency issues, and gross mismanagement of corporate funds
  • Represented casino and racetrack in administrative appeals before the Ohio Department of Health concerning alleged violations of Ohio’s Smoke-Free Workplace Act
  • Successfully represented a municipality in litigation involving inverse condemnation and private nuisance claims resulting from flooding of nearby waterways and subsequent property damage, sitting second chair at trial
  • Successfully represented a commercial landlord in action for forcible entry and unlawful detainer, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment pertaining to the supply of petroleum products and associated lease of property

Intellectual Property Matters

  • Representing foreign tire company in federal patent litigation against global tire manufacturer
  • National coordinating counsel for large automobile dealership in relation to maintenance and enforcement of intellectual property rights
  • Prosecuted in federal court trade dress infringement claims on behalf of national tool manufacturing company 
  • Represented corporation in defense of trade secret rights, including enforcement of non-compete against former employee
  • Successfully defended through motion to dismiss Swedish tool making company against patent infringement claims before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Defended limited liability company in federal court action involving copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and right of publicity claims
  • Represented advertising agency in defending trademark registration rights before the USPTO in relation to an office action denying registration based on a likelihood of confusion with prior registered mark
     

Education

  1. The University of Akron School of Law, LL.M., Intellectual Property
    • magna cum laude
    • Master’s Thesis, Problems and Solutions to Protecting Trade Secrets in the Film Industry Both Domestically and Internationally
  2. The University of Akron School of Law, J.D.
    • magna cum laude
    • Dean’s List Honors
    • CALI Award for Academic Excellence, Copyright Law
    • Academic Success Program Fellow, Contract Law
    • Akron Law Review, Staff Member
    • Intellectual Property Journal, Akron Law Review, Production Editor
  3. University of Michigan, B.A., Political Science and Spanish

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  3. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Recognitions

  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2017-2019)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Officer, Women in the Profession Section Council (2016-2017)
    • Member, Council of Delegates (2015-2019)
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
Community Affiliations
  • Keep Akron Beautiful
    • Board of Directors (2019-2022)
    • Green the Scene Planning Committee Member (2018-2019)
  • Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce
    • Member, Economic Inclusion Committee (2019-2020)
    • Communications Committee, Young Professionals Network (2014-2015)