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Jessica S. HollidayView Bio as PDF
Jessica Holliday focuses her practice on labor and employment, education, commercial litigation, and personal injury matters, and since March 2020, has expanded her practice to include the impact of COVID-19 on employers.
Jessica has years of experience handling matters with the EEOC and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.  She has also helped corporations with various internal matters to successfully avoid future litigation.  She has filed numerous successful dispositive motions on behalf of employers, and has provided advice to employers on how to navigate the COVID-19 employment waters due to the enactment of federal laws and their impact on employers.
In addition to her work as a labor and employment attorney, Jessica has a wide array of experience in education, commercial litigation, and personal injury matters.  Jessica has taken and defended a countless number of depositions.  She has successfully tried jury cases in St. Clair County, Illinois, and prepared numerous cases for trial in both state and federal court.  She also has obtained an arbitration award and judgment in her client’s favor in St. Clair County.   In addition, Jessica has successfully prepared and argued numerous dispositive motions, and has argued before the Illinois Court of Appeals.
Jessica has been a speaker on employment matters throughout the country.  She has also authored numerous articles and hosted webinars on a variety of issues, including COVID-19’s impact on the workplace, employee marijuana use, and Title IX.  Jessica has also spoken at seminars on general tort laws and transportation issues.
Jessica serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Defense Counsel.  She is also the chair of the organization’s Employment Law Committee.  Jessica also serves as an arbitrator in the St. Clair County, Illinois mandatory arbitration program.
Jessica is a St. Louis/Metro-East transplant, having grown up in East Tennessee.  As a college graduate of the University of Tennessee, Jessica is an avid supporter of Tennessee athletics.


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Central District of Illinois
  • USDC, Northern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • University of Tennessee, B.A., magna cum laude, 2005

Memberships & Activities

  • Illinois Defense Counsel
    • Board of Directors (2020–present)
    • Employment Law Committee Chair (2018–present)
    • Employment Law Committee Vice Chair (2017–2018)
  • ALFA International (Former Member)
    • Member of Labor & Employment Steering Committee (2019–2020)
    • Member of Women’s Initiative Steering Committee (2019–2020)
    • Member of Future Leaders Forum; Liaison to Labor & Employment Committee (2020)
  • Federal Bar Association (So. IL Chapter)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • St. Clair County Bar Association


  • "Up in Smoke: The Impact of Marijuana Use on Illinois Employers", MONOGRAPH, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 1 (2020)
  • "Judge Made Protected Class Under Title VII Loosens Separation of Powers Doctrine", MONOGRAPH, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 3 (2018)
  • SURVEY OF LAW, Illinois Association of Defense Counsel (2018, 2019, 2020)


  • Presenter: “Another Sick Day: A Rx for Employers on How to Deal with COVID-19’s Impact on the Workforce", Webinar (2020)
  • Presenter: “Let’s Be Blunt: What You Need to Know About the Legalization of Marijuana", IDC Webinar (2020)
  • Presenter: “Getting Schooled: Understanding Title IX in Higher Education", IDC Webinar (2019)
  • Presenter: “Animals in the Workplace", ALFA International Labor & Employment Pittsburgh Regional Seminar (2019)
  • Presenter: “Pay #MeToo: Understanding Equal Pay Requirements and Staying Violation-Free", IDC Synergy Forum (2019)
  • Presenter: “Turning Lemons into Lemonade", ALFA International Transportation St. Louis Regional Seminar (2019)
  • Presenter: “Who’s the Boss? Understanding Employment Relationships in the Contemporary Legal Landscape", Illinois Society of Association Executives Meeting (2016)

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers® in America: Ones to Watch
    • Commercial Litigation (2021)
  • Illinois Defense Counsel
    • Rising Star Award (2020)

News & Events

Baker Sterchi Welcomes Jessica Holliday in Belleville

01.20.21 | Her practice focuses on labor and employment, education, commercial litigation, and personal injury matters, and since March 2020, has expanded her practice to include the impact of COVID-19 on employers.

Blog Posts

Are Jury Instructions "At-Will?" Not Under the Missouri Human Rights Act

06.15.21 | At-will...the ability to do something as one pleases. While most employment relationships are at-will, may an employer modify, at-will, Missouri Approved Jury Instructions in a case involving a violation of the Missouri Human Rights Act? As the Western District Court of Appeals explains, you better have a lawful reason…

OK, Boomer…Does Your Employee Have an Age Discrimination Claim?

04.27.21 | Bread. Cherry. Bogart. Bippy. Fink. IDK what any of these words mean, but apparently, they are slang words popularized in the 1960s by Boomers. Find out about Boomer discrimination and how Boomers aren't too different from Millennials (their generational arch nemesis) in this far out post. I promise it won't be a drag.

Get Woke: Millennials and Age Discrimination

03.04.21 | OMG. Some Millennials are now protected under the ADEA and state age discrimination laws. Learn what this all means for Millennials and employers in the workplace. Unless, of course, you want to be basic.

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