Jessica joined BrownGreer in 2011 and has been responsible for various aspects of the firm’s mass tort and class action settlement administration processes, including designing customized databases and review systems, coordinating claimant notification processes, and resolving complex payment issues. In her current role, Jessica oversees day-to-day functions for multiple projects, drafts operating policies and procedures, and advises on and ensures compliance with various state and federal law issues. She specializes in providing cost-effective processes that are Bankruptcy Code compliant, addressing bankruptcy coordination issues for debtor claimants and managing settlement disbursements to bankruptcy trustees nationwide. Jessica has also overseen claims administration for more than 5,000 claimants who cannot legally act on their own behalf, including cases involving minors, deceased beneficiaries, and claimants deemed otherwise incompetent. In each program, she takes into account the parties’ settlement goals when optimizing procedures to control costs, streamline processes, and eliminate hurdles that could otherwise lead to delays in settlement distributions.
Before joining BrownGreer, Jessica served in the Labor and Employment Law division of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, where she revised operational procedures and compliance documents, coordinated on wage and hour investigations, and strengthened the child labor law enforcement program. As a law student, she completed a judicial internship with the Honorable Kevin R. Huennekens in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, drafting bench memoranda and collaborating on judicial opinions and court orders. Jessica also interned for the Solicitor General at the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, conducting research and revising petitions and amicus briefs for the Commonwealth’s government litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court and in lower courts of appeal involving constitutional challenge to a statute or a politically sensitive issue.
Before law school, Jessica worked at Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), advocating for children involved in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court processes because of abuse or neglect allegations. Jessica expanded these skills in law school when she joined Suffolk’s Child Advocacy Clinic as a student attorney providing legal representation for young adults who had aged-out of state custody, and she has continued working with child advocacy organizations ever since.
In addition to serving as BrownGreer’s Pro Bono Coordinator, Jessica sits on the Board of Directors for Henrico CASA and the Notre Dame Club of Richmond. Jessica is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association.