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Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
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Professional Summary

Chief counsel with demonstrated success solving complex legal problems in fast-paced, high-pressure environment. Skillful litigator with six years experience protecting federal government interests, crafting legal strategy, managing risk, and efficiently resolving cases. Experienced leader of diverse teams with strong written and oral advocacy skills. Graduated cum laude from Northwestern Law. Military veteran with current TS/SCI clearance.

Senior Legal Counsel, 10/2022 to Current
AvanadeMemphis, TN,
  • Legal department head directing 10-person team of attorneys, paralegals, and administrative professionals responsible for all legal matters and approximately 150 active cases on 2,700 personnel nuclear-power aircraft carrier.
  • Conduct damage analysis and investigations for incidents leading to potential litigation under Federal Tort Claims Act.
  • Directed and managed multi-agency federal investigation of 12 NCIS, FBI, and civilian PD investigators, 4 prosecutors, and 8 staff attorneys to uncover criminal drug enterprise operating on 3 aircraft carriers and 2 shore commands, resulting in felony charges against 54 people.
  • Analyzed equal opportunity case processes to identify redundancies, reducing average processing time from 12 months to 3 months.
  • Prepare responses to congressional inquiries, IG investigations, requests for production, and FOIA requests in preparation for litigation. Submitted 5 skillfully written responses to congressional inquiries this year, leading senior attorneys to request work product as examples in future responses.
  • Manage costs of litigation and advise settlement decisions on behalf of command.
  • Conduct approximately 5 search warrant probable cause analysis monthly.
Senior Legal Counsel, 10/2019 to 10/2022
AvanadeJacksonville, FL,
  • Primary legal advisor to admiral, executive staff, and 11 sub-organizations based throughout U.S.
  • Led team of 8 attorneys and coordinated with strategic planning office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) to analyze DoD strategic initiatives and funding constraints and develop courses of action for inter-service integration of legal communities. Presented recommendations to senior officials at the Pentagon, resulting in first-of-its-kind acceptance and implementation of recommendations by JAG.
  • Represented U.S. Navy in tort claim, in coordination with U.S. Coast Guard and National Science Foundation, after equipment incident during Antarctic operations.
  • Coordinated with government and defense counsel to resolve 14 employment disputes with military personnel, federal civilian employees, and contractors.
  • Represented the U.S. Navy in two federal equal employment opportunity mediations. Advised executives during successful settlement negotiations.
  • Responded to federal and state subpoenas on behalf of the U.S. Navy and military and civilian employees.
  • Prepared executive leadership affidavits in unauthorized expenditure litigation with defense contractors, resulting in 0 damages awarded to command.
  • Awarded Meritorious Service Medal for significant contributions to organization's strategic initiatives.
  • Awarded Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for pro bono work with Lazy Lab Hunting Club, a non-profit organization service wounded warriors through disability-inclusive outdoor excursions.
Staff Legal Counsel, 03/2018 to 10/2019
Naval Station Great LakesCity, STATE,
  • Primary legal advisor for military commanding officer and installation department heads.
Federal Prosecutor, 09/2017 to 03/2018
Region Legal Service Office MidwestCity, STATE,
  • Prosecuted 72 federal felony cases (34 as lead prosecutor) for health care fraud, bribery, national security, false statements, conspiracy, manslaughter, sexual assault, and drug distribution.
  • Conducted 4 contested trials for rape, sexual assault, child pornography, and drug distribution. Presented 5 cases before military grand jury. Negotiated settlements for remaining cases.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, coordinating with NCIS and civilian prosecutors, resulting in defendant confession in forcible rape case.
  • Drafted and submitted appellate briefs to Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals and Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces with 100% of outcomes upheld by appeal courts.
  • Managed discovery in complex classified national security case.
  • Researched and wrote Daubert motions, confidentiality agreements, stipulations of fact, and trial briefs in high-visibility U.S. Navy SEALs and ship collision cases.
  • Completed intensive trial skills course with National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).
Joint Professional Military Education: , Expected in to U.S. Naval War College - Newport, RI
Bachelor of Arts: Political Science, Minor: Global Studies, Expected in to University of Illinois - Champaign, IL
J.D.: , Expected in 06/2017 to Northwestern Pritzker School of Law - Chicago, IL,
  • 3.9 GPA, Dean's List
  • Completed Institute of Trial Advocacy and Advanced Topics in Litigation courses.
  • Veteran's Law Society Vice President, International Law Society Executive Board, National Moot Court

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School Attended

  • U.S. Naval War College
  • University of Illinois
  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

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  • Senior Legal Counsel
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  • Joint Professional Military Education
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