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Jessica joined Heyl Royster in 2016 after nearly two years of defending workers' compensation claims in Cook, DuPage, Will, and Kane County. She primarily focuses her practice on defending civil rights claims filed by inmates within the Illinois Department of Corrections, and the clinical psychology facilitators at the State of Illinois sex offender treatment facility in both civil rights and state law claims. Her practice also includes general casualty defense, tort litigation defense, and workers' compensation defense.
Jessica is a native of Mahomet, IL., who returned to Illinois in 2013 after graduating with honors from Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas. While in law school, Jessica was an editor for the Journal for Biosecurity, Biosafety, and Biodefense. She earned CALI Awards for Excellence in Torts and Commercial Litigation, Top Grade Award in Pre-trial Litigation, and Jurisprudence Award for the second highest grade in Contracts, Advanced Contracts, and Trial Advocacy. Jessica was certified as a trained mediator in the State of Texas and has mediated a number of cases to resolution. She also acted as a First-Year Contracts teaching assistant during her second and third years of law school.
Jessica attended Eastern Illinois University where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations. While in college, Jessica served as the President of the Association of Honor's Students and as the Secretary of the College of Sciences Student Advisory Board.