Sara Jesser is a senior litigation paralegal experienced in environmental matters with particular emphasis on toxic tort defense.

Ms. Jesser has substantial experience in case and document management. She is skilled in legal and investigative research and is highly skilled in digital case management including digital imaging and e-discovery methods. Ms. Jesser has designed and implemented numerous databases custom-tailored for the handling of practice group and client specific data and document management.

Ms. Jesser is a coordinating paralegal for the firm’s Toxic Torts practice for Cook County, Illinois. In this position, she manages the revolving docket of over 500 cases at any given time. She is the client reporting liaison for many asbestos clients, and as such she has sophisticated expertise with various extranets used for claims management and reporting.

Ms. Jesser has been referred to clients of other Hinshaw offices within the practice group for her investigation skills. She has been assigned to perform the investigation and research for many cases where a professional private investigator would have been hired. Ms. Jesser is skilled in witness location and interviewing, co-worker location and identification, alternative and discrete discovery methods, skip tracing, business verification and location of its officers. She is knowledgeable with online, public and subscription based investigative tools. She has been known to go directly to public agencies or private companies and conduct investigation on foot as well. She is also skilled at obtaining archived documents on the local and national level.

Ms. Jesser assists the firms’ attorneys with promoting the practice by way of preparing the research for many of the attorney’s publications, assisting in the drafting of the attorney’s presentations, including creating PowerPoint presentations. She also assists in the drafting of proposals in response to RFPs as well.

Ms. Jesser serves at the firm’s administrator of many subscription-based legal service programs, including LexisNexis File and Serve, various court reporting services such as PohlmanUSA, as well as document procurement/retrieval services such as RecordTrak.

Ms. Jesser assists the Chair of the firm’s Toxic Torts practice, attending the meetings and preparing the minutes.

Professional Background

Ms. Jesser joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in August 1999 as a litigation paralegal for the toxic torts division. Ms. Jesser was for two years a paralegal assistant at Brinks Hofer Gilson and Lione where she gained her first federal case trial experience as part of the defense team for S.C. Johnson Commercial Markets, Inc. v. The B.F. Goodrich Company, Case No.98 C 0052 S (Western District of Wisconsin).  Subject:  Infringement and validity of three patents relating to bulk polymerization process for making acrylic copolymers. 

Ms. Jesser completed her paralegal internship under the direction of a busy Chicago solo practitioner in the area of domestic relations where she quickly gained familiarity with the complexities of the Daley Center and all of its departments, divisions, court rooms and protocols.

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois Paralegal Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member

  • Associate Board of Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS),

    Past Event Raffle Chair and Associate Board Member


Ms. Jesser assisted with the research and writing of “Component Supplier Litigation: What You New Need to Know to Craft a Solid Defense,” a presentation delivered by Hinshaw partner Craig T. Liljestrand in April 2010.


Ms. Jesser has been a contributor to articles authored by Hinshaw attorneys, including:

  • “Exposure to Welding Fumes: Are The Welding Industry’s Risk Management Practices Ready to Face This Growing Litigation Threat?,” 49 For the Defense (DRI) 16, June 2007.
  • “Ballard: Where We Are Now and What We Have Learned,” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Mold, February 2003, 3-2 Mealey’s Litigation Rep. Mold 21 (2003), Volume 3, Issue #2.
  • “The Effects of Mold Beyond the Courtroom,” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Mold, June 2003, 3-6 Mealey’s Litigation Rep. Mold 20 (2003), Volume 3, Issue #6.


In her spare time, she assists families with genealogical research. She is an avid knitter.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Associate Board of Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS), Past Event Raffle Chair and Associate Board Member
  • The Newberry Library - Associate Member
  • Associate Board of Literacy Chicago, Past Vice President of Marketing
  • Chicago Sinai Congregation, Member
  • Jewish United Fund, Contributor
  • Friends of LaSalle PTA, LaSalle Language Academy, Volunteer


Post baccalaureate Certificate, ABA Approved Lawyers Assistant Program, Roosevelt University, 1997

B.A., Bradley University, Sociology / Administration of Criminal Justice, 1996