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Jessica Watkins represents clients in commercial litigation and professional liability disputes, which includes counseling clients on risk management and representing professionals before disciplinary agencies. In addition to defending long-term care facilities and medical professionals, she also helps clients navigate the legal aspects of construction services. 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.

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. Jessica was also 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

  • Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago, Inc.
    • Judicial Evaluation Committee, Co-Chair, 2017 – 2018
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Young Lawyer Section
      • Professional Responsibility Committee, Legislative Liaison, 2017 – 2018

Presentations

  • Moderator, "The Balancing Act: Client Advocacy and Professionalism During Litigation," Chicago, Illinois, February 20, 2019
  • "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

Community/Civic Activities

  • South Side YMCA of Metro Chicago, Board of Directors
  • 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., University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2013