Jessica’s logical approach is only natural given her original intention to become a math teacher. But after taking a criminal justice course while attending the Honors College at Michigan State University, she became fascinated with the law and embarked upon a legal career instead. In addition to her studies, Jessica analyzed U.S. Supreme Court opinions as a professorial research assistant and volunteered with the Lansing Teen Court, a diversionary program for first-time youth offenders. She also served as Design Editor and later Editor-in-Chief of the Red Cedar Log student yearbook, and was a member of All-Girl Competitive Cheerleading, an intercollegiate club team that started during her freshman year.
After earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, Jessica joined the litigation department of a large Grand Rapids-based law firm, where she was responsible for drafting, discovery, and motion practice in various cases, including claims brought by the General Retirement System of the City of Detroit. Moving on to an in-house counsel role, Jessica managed lawsuits across the country for companies involved in false advertising and deceptive sales practices challenges, collaborating with local counsel to develop and implement case strategies. Many of these actions were brought by states attorneys general, and her efforts led to victories in several matters, allowing her clients to keep proprietary information and product formulas confidential.
Looking to get back in the courtroom and further develop her litigation talents, Jessica joined Zausmer, August & Caldwell in January 2016.