Jessica Lourdes Pearson (Gina Torres) is the co-founder and managing partner of Pearson Hardman. Although she is well-respected, her "overbearing nature" and "holier-than-thou attitude", as described by Harvey Specter, make it difficult for those working with her. When faced with a dilemma, she will choose the less risky choice, although it may have diminished returns. If, in spite of this, Harvey or Mike Ross choose a riskier but more profitable course of action, she will harshly rebuke him, even if the risk pays off. Despite outward appearances, Jessica has performed unethical, immoral, and possibly illegal deeds. She takes loyalty seriously and will react badly to those who betray her as in season 1 when she discovers a good friend has been stealing from the firm for years and harshly leads a lawsuit against her.