Professional Biography

Jill L. Ripke Senior Counsel

  • Phoenix

    D +1.602.351.8025

    F +1.602.648.7152


    2901 N. Central Avenue, Suite 2000

    Phoenix, AZ


  • Los Angeles

    T +1.310.788.9900

    F +1.310.788.3399

    Los Angeles

    1888 Century Park East, Suite 1700

    Los Angeles, CA


  • San Francisco

    T +1.415.344.7000

    F +1.415.344.7050





Media, Newspaper, and Delivery Transportation Clients

Representation of various media and transportation/delivery clients in class action lawsuits based on claims of misclassification of independent contractors under agreements to effect delivery of goods and related services.

Independent Contractor Class Action:  Antelope Valley Newspapers, Inc.

Defeated certification of a putative class of newspaper delivery contractors; limited reversal by California Supreme Court and sent back to trial court for reconsideration of limited claims under a clarified standard.

Independent Contractor Class Action:  MediaNews Group (Digital First Media)

Won class-wide summary judgment finding independent contractor status for all class members. Trial court denied certification on the wage-and-hour Labor Code claims, resulting in limited claims for expense reimbursement, record keeping, and unfair business practices section 17200, on which final Judgment was entered for defendants.  Salgado v. The Daily Breeze, et. al., Case No. BC458074, Los Angeles Superior Court.

Independent Contractor Class Actions:  The McClatchy Company and McClatchy Newspapers, Inc.

Defend two California class actions challenging the independent contractor status of delivery service providers.

Wage-and-Hour Class Actions:  Qwest Communications International Inc., et al.

Defend two collective and class actions involving wage-and-hour claims resulting in settlement.

Antitrust Class Action

Counsel to defendant hospitals in an alleged price-fixing class action and opposing interlocutory appeal from partial denial of class certification.

National Mortgage Company

Initiated a lawsuit against former employee for misappropriation of trade secrets, conversion and Penal Code 502 violation, related to unlawful access to information of mortgage loan provider, in San Diego Superior Court.  As a result of summary judgment motions filed on complaint and cross-complaint, the matter resulted in dismissal of the entire action on terms favorable to the client, including dismissal of the employee’s whistleblowing claim against client.




Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Arizona

  • California

  • Iowa


  • The University of Iowa College of Law, J.D.,
    with distinction
    , 2006,
    Note and Comment Editor, Journal of Corporation Law
  • Wartburg College, B.A., Business Administration and Economics,
    summa cum laude
    , 2003