Through her varied experience with Washington’s state and federal courts, Jessica is well versed in the litigation process. Her extensive background in legal writing and oral advocacy provides a solid foundation for her career as a reliable and effective litigator.
- First chair representation of a university in administrative and court hearings.
- Experienced with Title IX issues as they relate to universities.
- Represent clients in appellate cases throughout Washington and in the Michigan Court of Appeals.
- Experience representing a variety of clients, from large institutional employers to individual employees, in employment litigation and dispute resolution, including wage claims and discrimination issues.
- Represent a prominent Washington nonprofit in a federal lawsuit to protect its interests in affordable housing projects.
- Experience in a variety of real property disputes and litigation, including cases involving real estate purchase option issues and boundary disputes.
- Serve as local counsel in cases with complex substantive and procedural issues, including commercial disputes and products liability cases.
Author, "Racial Impact Statements: Considering the Consequences of Racial Disproportionalities in the Criminal Justice System," 89 Wash. L. Review 1425, 2014
- Member, Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington
- Board of Directors, Washington Women Lawyers
Public Service Vice President, 2017 - Present
- Seattle Clemency Project
Pro Bono Counsel
- Washington State Bar Association
- King County Bar Association
- Coach, Thomas Tang Moot Court team, University of Washington School of Law
Recognized as a 2018 Rising Star by Washington Super Lawyers
Clerk for Justice Mary Fairhurst, Washington Supreme Court
Extern for Judge Robert S. Lasnik, U.S. District Court
University of Washington Law
- Order of the Barristers
- Order of the Coif
- CALI Award (top grade) Torts; Legal Analysis, Research, & Writing; Civil Procedure II; Natural Resources Law; Administrative Law
- Washington Law Review, Chief Notes and Comments Editor
- Moot Court Honor Board
- Thomas Tang Moot Court Team; 2014 Judson Falknor 2L/3L Appellate Advocacy Champion; 2013 HCMP Appellate Advocacy Competition Finalist (of 160 participants), Best Brief, and Second Place Speaker Award; 2012 Mock Trial Second Place Speaker Award
- Student Director of the Legal Writing Center
- Research Assistant for book chapters on administrative law and election law
University of Puget Sound: Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Dean's List
- Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Mortar Board; Phi Eta Sigma (honor society for freshmen); Lambda Pi Eta (National Communication Association Honor Society)
- Peer Advisor Coordinator; Course Assistant; Club Soccer President/Captain; summer research grant recipient
- Northwest Communication Association “Top Undergraduate Paper”
- J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2015
- B.A. in Communication Studies and in Politics & Government, University of Puget Sound, 2012
Having grown up in the foothills of Mount Rainier, I enjoy many of the outdoor activities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer, from hiking and camping to fishing and razor clam digging on the coast. I embrace my family tradition of travelling to compete in barbecue competitions and I occasionally author articles in barbecue-themed publications.