J.D. Hamline University School of Law, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif
B.A. University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Phi Beta Kappa
Awards & Honors
Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2013-2017
Minnesota Rising Star, 2012
Jessica focuses her career on tribal and Indian law—particularly governance and litigation. She represents Indian tribes and their business partners in matters involving sovereign immunity, tribal jurisdiction, treaty rights, and the applicability of federal law. She also assists tribes regarding governance issues, such as the drafting of tribal laws and the day-to-day administration of tribal constitutions and codes.
After only one year on the Rising Star list, in 2013 Jessica was selected to the Super Lawyer list for Minnesota Native American Law. She has remained on the peer-reviewed list ever since. She also earned an AV-Preeminent rating—the ranking service’s top honor—from Martindale-Hubbell. Jessica graduated first in her class from Hamline University School of Law, where she served as Notes and Comments Editor for the Hamline Law Review.
When she is not in the office, Jessica is involved in a number of community activities. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and Federal Bar Association (Indian Law section), and an associate member of the Tribal In-House Counsel Association. Jessica worked with the Minneapolis Public Schools’ Indian Education Department to develop the district’s first-ever Indian-law moot-court curriculum, and she is a past president of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Family Tree Clinic. She lives in Northeast Minneapolis with her husband, tireless preschooler, and two dachshunds, Hermano and Miss Ellie. She discusses Indian law and tribal-sovereignty matters at JIntermill.