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Jessica McColl Neilson

Federal Way, Washington

Phone: (253) 237-0748
Fax: (877) 716-3984
Email: jneilson@jmnlawoffice.com

Jessica M. Neilson has sixteen years of experience as a litigator and legal educator in the Seattle area, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York. Following a clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and a big-firm practice, Ms. Neilson received her LL.M from Harvard Law School focusing on contracts and legal education. Now committed to teaching law in her home state, Ms. Neilson has a part-time legal practice consisting primarily of contract drafting and disputes, consumer protection, and estate planning. Clients say that Ms. Neilson is friendly, compassionate, efficient & cost-effective.

Areas of Practice

  • Consumer Protection
  • Contracts
  • Estate Planning
  • Contract Disputes
  • Contract Drafting
  • Consumer Protection
  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • Garnishment/Execution of Judgments
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2003

Education

  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1999
    LL.M

  • University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon, 1991
    J.D.
    Honors: Class Rank 2 (of 160)
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Award: Contracts
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Award: Criminal Law
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Award: Constitutional Law I
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Award: Constitutional Law II
    Honors: Michael Johnston Memorial Award
    Law Journal: Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, Executive Editor

  • Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington, 1988
    B.A., English Literature
    Honors: Cum Laude

Published Works

  • Shot in the Dark: The Ninth Circuit Pulls the Wrong Trigger in California Insurance Law (co-author Jeffrey S. Davidson), Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance, 1 Stanford J. of Law, Business & Finance, 1995

Representative Clients

  • Small Business & Individuals
  • Other attorneys

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Instructor: Torts, Ethics, Intellectual Property, Contracts & Negotiations, Civil Procedure, Introduction to Law, and Employment Law, Highline Community College Paralegal Department, Des Moines Washington, 2005 - Present
  • Lecturer, "Legal Analysis & Research for Students Not Trained in a Common Law System" (for International LLM Students), University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington, 2002 - 2005
  • Lecturer, "Introduction to Law for Non-Law Students", University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington, 2002 - 2005
  • Lecturer, "Professional Responsibility", University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington, 2002 - 2005
  • Lecturer, "Pretrial Practice and Analytical Writing", University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington, 2002 - 2005
  • Law Teaching Colloquium Fellow, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1999 - 2001
  • Lecturer, Literature Appreciation, Delancey Street Foundation
  • Legal Research & Writing, Univ. of Washington Law School, 2002 - 2005
  • Pre-trial Litigation, Univ. of Washington Law School, 2003 - 2004

Honors and Awards

  • Order of the Coif, 1992 - Present
  • American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts, Criminal Law, Family Law & Constitutional Law, 1988 - 1991

Past Employment Positions

  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Visiting Researcher, 1999 - 2001
  • Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C. Boston, Massachusetts, Litigation Associate, 2001 - 2002
  • Tarlow, Breed, Hart, Murphy & Rodgers, P.C. Boston, Massachusetts, Litigation Associate, 1999 - 2001
  • Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart, Oliver & Hedges, LLP, Los Angeles, California, Litigation Associate, 1995 - 1998
  • Kirkland & Ellis, Los Angeles, California, Litigation Associate, 1993 - 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York, New York, Law Clerk for the Honorable George C. Pratt, 1992 - 1993
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., Legal Intern, 1991
  • U.S. Army Reserves, Vancouver, Washington, Executive Officer, 1985 - 1990

Pro Bono Activities

  • Silverlake Chamber of Commerce
  • Society for Creative Anachronism
  • Children's Healthcare is a Legal Duty, Inc.
  • Member, Des Moines Area Food Bank Board of Directors, 2007 - 2008

Languages

  • English

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