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Jessica Claire
  • , , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
  • H: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Summary

Principled bilingual litigation attorney with 18 years of law office experience. Comprehensive understanding of current federal and state statutes. Strong investigative skills. Proven ability to manage heavy case load and maintain professionalism and quality representation. Organized and dependable candidate successful at managing multiple priorities with a positive attitude. Willingness to take on added responsibilities and educational training/schooling to meet firm or bank objectives.

Skills
  • Bilingual Spanish Speaker
  • Court procedure understanding
  • Case management
  • Settlement Negotiation
  • Document filing
  • Efficient researcher
  • Oral debate
  • Strong investigation skills
  • Legal writing
  • Discovery processes
  • Corporate and business legal issues
  • Committee work
  • Organization formation
  • Board member responsibilities
Work History
Assistant Federal Public Defender, 09/2005 to 07/2021
United States Courts White Plains, NY,
  • Assessed cases for probable outcomes by researching current federal and state law and other legal authority, comparing fact patterns to those of precedential cases.
  • Advocated for clients before Magistrate Court and District court in oral argument by presenting facts and evidence in most favorable light.
  • Thoroughly researched cases using Westlaw and Lexis and drafted legal memoranda.
  • Trained summer law interns in federal criminal matters.
  • Supported and represented indigent clients pre indictment ("Targets") out-of-court, in-court, and pretrial and post trial.
  • Individually managed over 1,000 cases.
  • Explained available courses of action and possible repercussions of cases to clients.
  • Conducted Voir Dire during federal trials and selected jurors to verify competency and lack of biases presenting challenges for cause.
  • Questioned and cross-examined witnesses throughout course of trials, motions hearings, competency hearings, and all pretrial hearings.
  • Interpreted laws, rulings and regulations for clients.
  • Formulated trial techniques specifically pertaining to each case.
  • Engaged in complex white collar litigation under statutes relating to wire fraud, international wire fraud, money laundering, international money laundering, bank fraud, identity theft, mortgage fraud, small business fraud, tax fraud, environmental law, and securities fraud.
  • Analyzed probable outcomes of cases using knowledge of legal precedents.
  • Interviewed witnesses, investigated witnesses, and gathered public record research relevant to each case.
  • Researched, wrote and filed motions, writs and briefs for cases.
  • Presented key evidence and exhibits during trials.
  • Apprised clients of potential risks and costs associated with each course of action.
  • Conducted settlement negotiations for restitution cases.
  • Advised clients on legal matters such as restitution, fines, federal and state statutes, appeals, post trial and post conviction relief.
  • Communicated with clients and collected information to research cases and prepare settlement offers.
  • Extensive experience negotiating with Assistant United States Attorneys and Department of Justice Attorneys.
  • Extensive experience working with agents from the United States Secret Service, FBI, ATF, Postal Inspectors, Department of Homeland Security.
  • Extensive experience working with and retaining expert witnesses
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals oral arguments.
  • Frequently traveled out of District to investigate cases and interview witnesses
Attorney , 03/2004 to 06/2005
Pg&E Corporation West Sacramento, CA,
  • Developed strategies to resolve cases in client's best interest.
  • Interviewed witnesses and gathered public record research relevant to each case.
  • Performed court appearances and participated in trial readiness conferences and advocated for clients before court in oral argument by presenting facts and evidence in most favorable light.
  • Worked with staff to resolve pre-litigation disputes.
  • Interviewed and selected jurors in voir dire.
  • Conducted legal research and conferred with colleagues with subject matter expertise to develop strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.
  • Drafted statements of cases and witness lists.
  • Proposed requests for admission and requests for production of documents.
  • Analyzed probable outcomes of cases using knowledge of legal precedents.
  • Learned and operated specialized legal software such as Westlaw and Lexis.
Attorney, 12/2002 to 03/2004
Pg&E Corporation Auburn, CA,
  • Practiced law with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David V. Herriford and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Chet Taylor.
  • Contracted as freelance researcher, writer, attorney.
  • Tracked and researched developing precedent and legislation in criminal federal and state law to maintain expertise and best advise and advocate for clients.
  • Learned and operated specialized legal software such as Lexis and Westlaw.
  • Analyzed probable outcomes of cases using knowledge of legal precedents.
  • Conducted legal research and conferred with colleagues with subject matter expertise to develop strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.
  • Attended hearings as representative of corporate entities and firm clients.
  • Advocated for clients before court in oral argument by presenting facts and evidence in most favorable light.
  • Co-counsel in in federal and state jury trials
  • Appeared in various courts in Southern California including, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego Counties.
Education
Bachelor of Arts: Political Science And Government, Expected in 06/1998
to
University of California - Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA
GPA:
J.D.: , Expected in 05/2002
to
Whittier College - Whittier, CA
GPA:
  • Awarded Cali Center for Excellence Award Constitutional law
  • Dean's List
  • Awarded Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County Wally Davis Legal Scholarship
  • Awarded Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Educational Fund Scholarship
  • Member of the Hispanic Law Student Association
Affiliations
  • Permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. Sponsored by the Honorable Albert Diaz
  • Member, California State Bar
  • Member, North Carolina State Bar
  • Admitted to practice in the Central District of California
  • Admitted to practice in the Western District of North Carolina
  • Admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals-Fourth Circuit
  • Admitted to practice in the United State Court of Appeals-Central District of California
  • Treasurer-Mecklenburg County Hispanic Latino Bar
  • Co-Founder and Past President-Mecklenburg County Hispanic Latino Bar
  • Mecklenburg County Bar-Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Member Hispanic bar Association
Accomplishments
  • Co-founder of the Mecklenburg Hispanic Latino Bar.
  • Organized Office Softball Team sponsored through the Mecklenburg County Bar
Community Service
  • Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools-Current volunteer at St. Gabriel's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools-Current volunteer, Mentor eighth grade students through the Mecklenburg County Bars Lunch with a Lawyer Program
  • Communities in Schools-Mentored underprivileged high school students
  • Mecklenburg County Bar-Participated in various volunteer activities offered by the Mecklenburg County Bar including Lunch with a Lawyer Program, Law Day Luncheon for high school students, and Resume writing workshops.

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School Attended
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • Whittier College
Job Titles Held:
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender
  • Attorney
  • Attorney
Degrees
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • J.D.