Jessica Farrelly


Tampa, FL
D 813.774.3486


  • University of Dayton, B.A., English, cum laude; Scholar Athlete
  • Suffolk Law, J.D., cum laude; Executive Member, Moot Court Honor Board

Jessica Farrelly is a Partner and Office Chair of Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP's Tampa office. She is also Vice-Chair of the firm's Southeast Employment practice team. Ms. Farrelly concentrates her practice in the area of employment law.  Her extensive employment litigation experience includes representing employers in the defense of all types of employment law claims at the administrative, trial and appellate levels.  In the state and federal courts in Florida and Massachusetts, Ms. Farrelly has litigated claims of race, national origin, sex, pregnancy, religious discrimination, and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, disability discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Ms. Farrelly has defended similar discrimination and harassment claims under state law, as well as retaliation claims under Florida’s workers’ compensation retaliation statute and the public and private sector Whistleblower Acts.

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Bar Admissions



U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. District Court, Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Representative Cases & Clients
  • Santangelo v. N.Y. Life Ins. Co., Civ. Action No. 12-11295-NMG, 2014 WL 3896323 (D. Mass.
  • Aug. 7, 2014) aff’d, 785 F.3d 65 (1st Cir. 2015)
  • Zang v. NRT New England Inc., 77 Mass. App. Ct. 665 (Sept. 14, 2010)
  • Hrynkiw v. Allstate Floridian Ins. Co., 844 So.2d 739 (Fla. Ct. App., 5th Dist. May 9, 2003)
  • Wausau Ins. Co. v. Tillman, 765 So.2d 123 (Fla. Ct. App., 1st Dist. June 19, 2000)
  • The Florida Bar:  Member; Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Sarasota County Bar Association: Member (2015 to present)
    • Labor & Employment Law Section, Chair (2017-2018)
    • Health & Wellness Committee Member, 2017
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL), Sarasota Chapter
    • Member (2015 to present); Vice President (2017-2018); President (2018-2020); Immediate Past-President (2020-2021)
  • Massachusetts Bar, Inactive Member
Client Successes
Awards and Recognition
  • 2021 – Leader in the Law Award, Florida Association for Women Lawyer