Civil lawsuits for sexual assault and abuse can involve individuals and organizations. Individuals may include health practitioners, teachers, coaches, parents, relatives or neighbours, among others. Institutions and organizations may include but are not limited to children’s clubs or organizations, group homes, religious institutions, businesses, employers, hospitals and treatment centres, educational institutions, training schools or school boards. Jessica represents adults and children of all genders and has completed the First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training delivered by the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services.
When it comes to family law matters, Jessica is a dedicated lawyer who focuses on finding practical solutions to each client’s unique situation and working to minimize conflict to achieve an ultimate resolution.
Jessica has also represented clients in personal injury claims (for both defendants and plaintiffs), insurance disputes and corporate commercial litigation. She is an active member of the Advocates Society and regularly attends continuing legal education seminars.
Jessica provides a candid and objective assessment of each client’s claim. This includes explaining the civil litigation process, evaluating the evidence to determine the likelihood of a case succeeding at trial, providing potential ranges of compensation and discussing the realities of recovering compensation.
Jessica has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta. She has trial experience in matters before the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench, the Court of Appeal and in private arbitration. Jessica has also represented clients in settlement negotiations and mediations. As a former clerk of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, she has a unique perspective of the trial process that allows her to better serve her clients, both inside and outside of the courtroom.
Before becoming a lawyer, Jessica completed a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and French Literature (Honours) and a Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Distinction). She has worked and studied in Spain, France and Quebec. In addition to her native language of English, Jessica is proficient in both Spanish and French. When not in the office, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and training her dogs.