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Jessica G. Kingston
Associate

Phone: (248) 254-4980

Fax: (248) 254-4981

Jessica Kingston tackles legal questions head on, breaking down complex condemnation and employment issues to pursue winning solutions for our clients.

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.

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School,
    Juris Doctor, 2010
  • Treasurer, State Bar of Michigan Student Section
  • Student Attorney, UM Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
  • Women’s Law Student Association
  • Michigan Student Senate Admissions Committee
  • Michigan State University of Michigan,
    Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology, 2007
  • Honors College, Active Student of the Year 2007
  • Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Fraternity
  • Psi Chi Psychology Honors Fraternity
  • Editor-in-Chief and Design Editor, Red Cedar Log student yearbook
  • Criminal Justice Professorial Research Assistant
  • Intern, Lansing Teen Court
  • Honors Students Actively Recruiting
  • All-Girl Competitive Club Cheerleading
  • Coalition of Indian Undergraduate Students
  • Volunteer Tutor, McDonel Middle School

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Groups

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Litigation and Young Lawyers Sections

Volunteer, Charitable & Community Organizations

  • Detroit Spartans
    Board of Directors
  • MSU College of Social Science Alumni Association
    Board of Directors
  • Cheer!Michigan
    Site and Training Director
  • Michigan High School Athletic Administration
    Competitive Cheer Official