Jessica moved to California in 2004 to pursue her law degree at Santa Clara University, and has been a Californian ever since, with over 10 years of experience as an attorney. She has a deep passion for the law and its power to help people. This passion began during her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin. While pursuing a degree in psychology and government, she studied with Sarah Weddington, the attorney who successfully represented “Jane Roe” in the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. Jessica was inspired by the remarkable potential of what can happen when an attorney truly listens to the needs of her client and doesn't take “no” for an answer. After this experience, she graduated with high honors, married her high school sweetheart, and drove their old Jeep Cherokee out to California to pursue a career in the law.
In law school, Jessica continued to cultivate her commitment to social justice, while also receiving recognition for her excellent academic performance, earning a CALI award in Consumer Protection and being appointed an articles editor of the Santa Clara Law Review. After her first year, she was awarded a prestigious and nationally competitive internship in the congressional office of then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in New York, where she worked to help constituents with immigration matters. This experience further illuminated to Jessica the need for lawyers to serve underrepresented communities and the positive impact she could have on her clients’ lives. Upon returning to California, she continued to work on immigration issues with clients at the Alexander Community Law Center in San Jose and interned at the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office.
After graduating law school in 2007, Jessica began her professional career defending indigent clients in the office of the Orange County Public Defender. Working as a Deputy Public Defender for over seven years, she litigated numerous misdemeanor and felony trials as well as hundreds of other hearings. Working on behalf of her clients, she strove to provide outstanding legal advice and advocacy to every client, wanting to make sure that each felt understood, safe, and that someone was always in their corner.
Following her time in the Public Defender’s Office, Jessica turned to learning more about Medicaid law in California and assisted individuals with Medicaid eligibility and appeals. In the past two years, she has also developed further expertise in conservatorship proceedings, mediation, and arbitration proceedings.
At Case Barnett Law, Jessica brings together many years of successful and effective litigation experience with her life-long commitment to helping those in need. She now has two beautiful young daughters with her husband and loves spending weekends in the park and walking the Colorado Lagoon with their dog in Long Beach.