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Education
  • Vanderbilt University Law School
    J.D., 2014, Chancellor's Law Scholar; Associate Justice, Vanderbilt Moot Court Board; Authorities Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law; Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Summer Fellow, 2013; President, Honor Council; Academic Excellence Chair, Black Law Students Association
  • Howard University
    B.A., Journalism-Broadcast News, 2010, summa cum laude, Dean's List, Howard University Legacy Scholar, Flip Wilson Scholar, National Visionary Leadership Project Fellow
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 2014
  • Georgia, 2016
About Jessica
In addition to her legal training, Jessica draws on her background in journalism to provide clients with effective oral and written advocacy, a solid understanding of the investigative aspects of litigation, and experience communicating and presenting in a universally relatable way.
Q&A
  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?

    My prior experience as a federal law clerk has strongly influenced my practice.In that capacity, I was exposed to legal representation through the lenses of a judge and gained greater insight into the factors judges consider. I rely on this experience when resolving the disputes facing the clients I serve. Through courtroom observation, I learned that advocacy is not always adversarial. I have found that being a lawyer of good character, one who is diligent, respectful, honest, and committed to serving clients soundly and ethically, can have a  substantial imprint on the progress of a case.

  • What do you find most exciting about your work?
  • What legal challenges are you looking forward to tackling in the future?
MORE ABOUT Jessica
  • Represented major retailer in successfully obtaining summary judgment in a premises liability case based on claims of negligence and wantonness. J. Foster v. Target Stores, Inc., Case No. 7:14-cv-01741-AKK (N.D. Ala. 2016). 
      Education
      • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2014, Chancellor's Law Scholar; Associate Justice, Vanderbilt Moot Court Board; Authorities Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law; Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Summer Fellow, 2013; President, Honor Council; Academic Excellence Chair, Black Law Students Association
      • Howard University, B.A., Journalism-Broadcast News, 2010, summa cum laude, Dean's List, Howard University Legacy Scholar, Flip Wilson Scholar, National Visionary Leadership Project Fellow
      Courts
      • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2014
      • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 2014
      • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 2014
      Bar Admissions
      • Alabama, 2014
      • Georgia, 2016
      Professional Affiliations
      • American Bar Association
      • Alabama State Bar
      • Birmingham Bar Association
      • State Bar of Georgia
      • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
      • Women's Energy Network
      • Urban League of Greater Atlanta
      • Young Professionals
      Awards & Accolades
      • National Visionary Leadership Project Fellow
      • Who's Who At Howard University Exemplary Academic, Leadership and Special Service Award
      • Atlanta Chapter, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Unsung Heroine Award
      • American Law Institute CLE Scholarship & Leadership Award, 2014
      • Tennessee Bar Association Diversity Leadership Institute, Class of 2014
      Community Involvement
      • Hands on Atlanta Service Juris Project, Steering Committee Member, 2017
      Clerkships
      • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Honorable Clarence Cooper