- Northwestern University School of Law (J.D.)
- New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study (B.A.)
Jesse-Justin Cuevas represents both plaintiffs and defendants in high stakes, complex commercial litigation across the country. Cuevas has secured landmark wins and settlements for her diverse portfolio of clients, who range from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses and individuals. Her skillset is versatile as well – she has successfully litigated cases related to insurance, product liability, False Claims Act, cryptocurrency, and intellectual property law. The common thread among each of Cuevas’s cases is the confidence she instills in her clients and her instinctive and nimble talent for understanding complex subject matters and intelligibly translating them into facts and arguments to judges, juries, and arbitration panels.
Named a Rising Star of the Plaintiffs Bar by National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyers (2021, ALM), Cuevas served as counsel to the largest political subdivisions in the largest state in the nation—including the University of California system, the California State University system, and the County of Los Angeles—in a landmark suit against the “Big 4” wireless carriers, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile for over-billing the government. Cuevas led the defensive side of the case, working closely with clients and preparing them for and defending them in many important depositions. On the offensive side, Cuevas elicited critical admissions that led to a major plaintiffs’ ruling. In 2020, a deal worth $175 million was struck to settle the matter (award net of fees and expenses to be determined) – this is California’s second largest False Claims Act settlement in state history outside of the healthcare industry. Read more about the case on Law Street Media and Law360* (*Subscription required).
Cuevas is also part of a team that represents a large international retailer in product liability litigation regarding its sale of plastic gasoline containers manufactured by now-bankrupt Blitz USA. She has handled many key aspects of these cases, including the deposition of a plaintiff, and helped achieve extremely favorable outcomes.
A leader at the firm, Cuevas is currently spearheading two COVID-19-related business interruption insurance litigation putative class actions, Protégé Restaurant Partners LLC v. Sentinel Insurance Co, Ltd. (N.D. Cal.) and Troy Stacy Enterprises Inc., et al v. The Cincinnati Insurance Company, et al. (S.D. Ohio). Both actions concern the respective insurer’s unlawful denial of coverage to business interruption insurance policyholders nationwide who filed insurance claims in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Troy Stacy matter, Cuevas played an integral role in securing case consolidation and Susman Godfrey’s appointment as interim co-lead counsel. In both cases, Cuevas is chiefly responsible for developing trial strategy and overseeing the approximately 1,500 (and growing) cases filed nationwide against various insurers for similar misconduct in these complex and timely lawsuits.
Cuevas is a member of the Steering Committee for Just the Beginning Foundation’s Los Angeles Summer Legal Institute. Just the Beginning’s (JTB) mission is to encourage students of color and from other historically underrepresented groups to pursue career and leadership opportunities in the law. Summer Legal Institute is JTB’s cornerstone youth program, a one-week legal immersion program for high school students across the country. The LA Summer Legal Institute was recently awarded with California LAW’s 2021 Education Pipeline Award.
Cuevas is also Susman Godfrey’s representative in the Association of Business Trial Lawyers’ Young Lawyers Division and the founder and co-chair of the firm’s Mentoring Committee. She is also an active member of the Federal Bar Association.
In her spare time, Cuevas volunteers with Los Angeles Animal Services.
Prior to joining Susman Godfrey, Cuevas served as a federal Law Clerk to Judge Albert Diaz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Dolly M. Gee of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Cuevas received her law degree, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, where she served as an Executive Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.
A Los Angeles native, Cuevas grew up primarily in Nashville, Tennessee. She currently lives in Santa Monica with her husband and two dogs.