Biography

As a scientist and lawyer, Jessica uses her dual training to effectively represent clients in complex civil litigation.

Jessica defends clients in toxic tort and product liability litigation, including class and mass actions. She handles litigation relating to site remediation and groundwater contamination and counsels clients on projects implicating federal species protection law. She also co-leads the Toxic Torts and Mass Torts section of the firm’s Litigation practice group.

In advising her clients, Jessica draws upon her scientific training and her experiences as a law clerk in the Appellate Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Environment & Natural Resources Division and as a legal intern in the D.C. Department of Energy & Environment Office of General Counsel.

Jessica has a long-standing commitment to pro bono work, which started in law school with her work for the American University Community and Economic Development Law Clinic. She maintains an active pro bono practice that includes both local community-based advocacy and federal litigation.

Prior to law school, Jessica traveled to Panama, Vietnam, China, and the Pacific Ocean’s North Pacific Subtropical Gyre to study coastal zone management, international water resource conflicts, and marine micro-plastics. 

Education

  • Cornell University  (B.S., 2014)
    • Science of Natural & Environmental Systems
    • Minors in Marine Biology and Climate Change
    • 2013 Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Award
  • University of Miami  (M.P.S., 2015)
    • Coastal Zone Management
    • Award of Academic Merit
  • American University  (J.D., cum laude, 2019)
    • Exceptional Pro Bono Service Honors Recipient
    • Sustainable Development Law & Policy Brief, Executive Editor
    • Administrative Law Review Instructional Board
    • Thelma Casto Southard Award

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Professional Affiliations

  • Environmental Law Institute Emerging Leaders Initiative