JessicaKastin

Partner

New York + 1.212.326.3923

For 20 years, Jessica Kastin has been advising employers on complex labor and employment matters. She focuses on issues arising under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and regularly handles collective bargaining negotiations, union elections and representation proceedings, unfair labor practice charges, grievance arbitrations, and strike preparation, in addition to counseling on day-to-day employment issues arising under federal, state, and local law.

Jessica has been recognized repeatedly by Best Lawyers in America, Legal 500 US, and Chambers USA. Clients describe her as "extremely knowledgeable, really thoughtful and really smart" and report that she is "a very experienced traditional labor lawyer" who "provides invaluable advice on significant matters."

She works closely with clients in various industries on identifying and achieving critical business objectives through collective bargaining negotiations. Notably, in 2016, Jessica represented Verizon in connection with a seven-week strike involving approximately 36,000 employees. In addition to providing strategic collective bargaining advice, she obtained a rare injunction under Section 10(l) of the NLRA enjoining the union's unlawful secondary activity targeted at hotels in New York housing workers during the strike. And, in 2021, Jessica represented the Hunts Point Terminal Market in connection with a one-week strike involving approximately 1,400 employees.

Jessica also has a robust transactional practice and has assisted on more than a hundred completed transactions. She frequently advises on complex labor and employment matters arising in high-value mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures representing clients such as ABM, Alcoa, Bally's Corporation, EagleTree Capital, Eastman Chemical, General Electric, J.F. Lehman, Morgan Stanley, and Verizon.

Experience

  • Sensata Technologies acquires DynapowerJones Day is advising Sensata Technologies (NYSE: ST), a leading industrial technology company and provider of sensor-rich solutions and insights for customers, in connection with its acquisition of Dynapower Company, LLC, a leading provider of energy storage and power conversion systems, from private equity firm Pfingsten Partners for $580 million in cash.
  • Avient to acquire DSM Protective Materials businessJones Day is advising Avient Corporation (NYSE: AVNT), a leading provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions, in its $1.485 billion purchase of Koninklijke DSM N.V.’s protective materials business, a leading specialty engineered materials business built around the invention of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber.
  • Owens Corning acquires WearDeckJones Day is advising Owens Corning in the acquisition of WearDeck®, a premium producer of composite weather-resistant decking for commercial and residential applications in North America, from JR Plastics Corporation.
  • Ansys, Inc. acquires OnScale, Inc.Jones Day is advising Ansys, Inc. in the acquisition of OnScale, Inc., a cloud simulation provider.
  • Aaron's Company acquires BrandsMart U.S.A. for $230 millionJones Day advised The Aaron's Company, Inc., a leading technology-enabled, omnichannel provider of lease-to-own and purchase solutions, on its acquisition of BrandsMart U.S.A. for $230 million.
  • Eastman sells adhesives resins business product lines for $1 billionJones Day advised Eastman Chemical Company in the $1 billion sale of its adhesives resins assets and business to Synthomer plc.
  • J.F. Lehman portfolio company acquires InlinerJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sections, in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Inland Pipe Rehabilitation of Inliner, a leading, vertically integrated provider of trenchless pipe rehabilitation solutions addressing wastewater and storm water infrastructure, from Granite Construction Incorporated.
  • American Industrial Partners portfolio company Vertex to merge with VectrusJones Day is advising Vertex Aerospace, a portfolio company of American Industrial Partners, in its stock-for-stock merger with Vectrus, Inc. (NYSE: VEC), at an implied value for Vertex of approximately $2.1 billion.
  • Sonepar to sell Vallen Distribution to Nautic PartnersJones Day is representing the Sonepar Group – a Paris-headquartered global leader in B-to-B distribution of electrical products, solutions and related services – in the sale of Sonepar's subsidiary business, Vallen Distribution, to Nautic Partners, a middle-market private equity firm based in Rhode Island.
  • Monster Beverage acquires CANarchyJones Day advised Monster Beverage Corporation in the $330 million acquisition of CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective LLC, a craft beer and hard seltzer company.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners portfolio company acquires Labeltronix, LLCJones Day advised Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company AWT Labels & Packaging, Inc. (AWT) of Labeltronix, LLC, a leading label manufacturer of premium craft labels serving some of the country's most prominent brands, in a variety of markets including wine and spirits, craft beer, nutraceutical, food and beverage, and other CPG sectors.
  • EagleTree Capital acquires Andronaco IndustriesJones Day advised EagleTree Capital in the acquisition and financing of Andronaco Industries, a leading provider of corrosion-resistant flow control technologies.
  • STERIS sells renal business to EvoquaJones Day advised STERIS in the $196.3 million sale of its Renal Care business to Evoqua Water Technologies, a leading provider of mission-critical water and wastewater treatment solutions.
  • Goode Partners acquires ReadyWiseJones Day advised Goode Partners in the acquisition and financing of ReadyWise, the leader in emergency food preparedness.
  • American Industrial Partners acquires RelaDyne, Inc.Jones Day advised American Industrial Partners in its acquisition of RelaDyne, Inc., a leading distributor of lubricant, fuel, and diesel exhaust fluid providing customers with integrated reliability management services for industrial and commercial businesses, from Audax Private Equity.
  • Asbury Automotive Group acquires Larry H. Miller Dealerships and Total Care Auto for $3.2 billionJones Day advised Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: ABG), one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., in its acquisition of Larry H. Miller Dealerships, and Total Care Auto, Powered by Landcar for $3.2 billion.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners portfolio company acquires MacArthur CorporationJones Day advised Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company AWT Labels & Packaging, Inc. (AWT) of MacArthur Corporation, a world-class manufacturer of innovative labels, tags, decals, and functional film components for the mobility, electronics, health technology, and industrial sectors.
  • Blue Sea Capital sells RESA Power to InvestcorpJones Day represented Blue Sea Capital LLC on its sale of RESA Power, a provider of electrical services and products for industrial, commercial, institutional, government, and utility end-users across North America, to Investcorp.
  • Hard Rock International acquires The Mirage Las Vegas Hotel and CasinoJones Day is representing Hard Rock International (Hard Rock) on the acquisition of The Mirage Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from MGM Resorts International.
  • American Industrial Partners subsidiary Vertex Aerospace announces acquisition of Raytheon Technologies' Defense Training and Mission Critical Solutions business linesJones Day advised American Industrial Partners in the acquisition by portfolio company, Vertex Aerospace, of Raytheon Technologies' Defense Training, Professional Services, Mission Critical Solutions, and Modernization and Sustainment business lines.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • January 27, 2017
      What Can Practitioners Expect From A Trump Board? New York State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section 2017 Annual Meeting
    • September 2014
      2014 Labor & Employment Seminar - New York
    • December 13, 2012
      What to Expect From the NLRB During President Obama's Second Term: Impact on Both Union and Non-Union Workplaces
    • April 12, 2011
      Jones Day Railway Labor Act Symposium