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Jessica Watkins is a litigator who focuses her practice on commercial litigation, professional liability defense, long-term care facility litigation, and medical malpractice defense. She counsels her clients on risk management and represents professionals before disciplinary agencies. Jessica also handles personal injury, automobile negligence, and Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act matters.

Experienced in all aspects of the litigation process, Jessica ensures her clients are informed throughout, from a case's inception to fact-witness depositions and trial preparation.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw as an associate, Jessica was a law clerk with the firm.

During law school, she worked as a 711-licensed intern in the Legal Department of Metra Commuter Rail, and served as a student attorney in the Housing and Community Development Legal Clinic.  Additionally, Jessica was a judicial intern to the Honorable Jacqueline P. Cox, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois and a judicial extern to the Honorable Allen P. Walker, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division, Mortgage Foreclosure Section.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
    • Young Lawyer Section
      • Professional Responsibility Committee, Legislative Liaison
  • Cook County Bar Association, Member
  • Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago, Inc., Member
    • Judicial Evaluation Committee, Co-chair  

Presentations

  • "BOSS and Claver Society College Perspectives Panel," St. Ignatius College Prep's Annual College Perspectives Panel, Chicago, Illinois, November 12, 2018

  • Co-Presenter, "To-Do List for the Ethical Practice of Law," Chicago Bar Association – Young Lawyers Section, Professional Responsibility Committee, Chicago, Illinois, September 5, 2018
  • "Career Insights for High School Students: Becoming an Attorney," Al Raby School of Community and Environment Career Day, Chicago, Illinois, April 27, 2018
  • "Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Information," Chicago Bar Association – Young Lawyers Section, Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, November 17, 2016

Hinshaw Publications

Community/Civic Activities

  • Lawyers in the Classroom, Volunteer
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Member
  • Wisconsin Alumni Association, Member
  • Saint Ignatius College Prep Young Alumni Society, Member

J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2016

B.A., History, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2013