Jessica is an Alabama native with a diverse background. She was born in Germany to a U.S. military family and then moved frequently for the next ten years. Living in different places at an early age taught her many lessons, including how to engage and make friends and the value of understanding others who come from a different background. Jessica settled down in Alabama when her father took a position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her parents still live in the home that they purchased in 1988.
Jessica, the fierce competitor, grew up playing several sports. She earned Alabama All-State honors in soccer and basketball and went on to play Division I soccer at Creighton University. She finished her career as a Division I All-American and Academic All- American, leading her team as captain and eventually being inducted into the Creighton Hall of Fame in 2007.
Jessica spent several years after college working in Washington D.C. for a crisis management firm before returning to attend law and business school at the University of Alabama. She graduated in 2006 after earning both a law degree and a masters degree in business administration. Jessica’s fight for the little guy began in law school where she received the highest public service award, Order of the Samaritan, in recognition of her time spent volunteering legal services to the community. She was the president of the Public Interest Institute and worked part time for Legal Aid Society representing abused and neglected children.
Jessica began her legal career (after passing the bar exam while nine months pregnant) working as a clerk for the Honorable Robert S. Vance, Jr. in the Jefferson County Circuit Court. She then went to work for Legal Services of Alabama where she represented families dealing with the devastating impact of the foreclosure crisis. Jessica’s experience at Legal Services of Alabama convinced her that the voices of too many people go unheard and those with no legal expertise often find the process intimidating. Jessica now devotes her career to fighting for those who deserve to have their voice heard. Jessica gives back with Pro Bono work through the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program.
Jessica is active in both the legal community and Birmingham community at large. She currently serves on the board of Space One Eleven, a visual arts organization in downtown Birmingham that offers arts education to area youth. Jessica’s oldest daughter cultivates her own talent at Space One Eleven. Jessica also serves on the Board of Directors of Creative Montessori and coaches her middle daughter’s U-6 YMCA soccer team. Jessica and her husband spend their precious free time working the hardest job of all: parenting.