Oakland FELA Injury Claims Lawyer
During law school Jessica was awarded the High-Tech Excellence Award for the 2013-2014 academic year, the Witken Award for obtaining the highest grade in Entertainment Transactions, and the CALI Award for obtaining the highest grade in Technology Licensing. Jessica also advanced to the quarter-finals in the Honors Moot Court Competition on Asylum & Refugee law and volunteered as a mediator for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. She was an editor for the Sports Law Publication for the 2013 and 2014 academic years and participated in the Expungement Clinic where she advocated for rehabilitated persons to obtain dismissals of prior convictions. Jessica did all of this while also working full-time as a paralegal and certified bar student for a prominent debt-collection law firm.
After graduating in the top 20 percent of her law school, Jessica began her legal career as an attorney with the debt-collection firm where she had been a paralegal. She drafted and advocated numerous anti-SLAPP motions to strike, prosecuted contested trials, participated in several appeals, and presented a Continuing Legal Education seminar on the Fair Debt Buying Practices Act. In 2017 Jessica opened her own law practice.
In 2017 Jessica also joined the law firm of Hildebrand, McLeod & Nelson as a contract attorney. Over the course of the next year, Jessica’s passion to defend the rights of railroad workers and others in their times of need grew exponentially. So, in 2019 Jessica joined Hildebrand, McLeod & Nelson as Of Counsel so that she can dedicate more time to those in need.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
Want to check lawyer discipline?
It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can:
- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.