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Jessica A. Skelton

Partner

Jessica Skelton has extensive experience representing public and private clients at both the trial and appellate court levels and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Her practice emphasizes complex commercial litigation, federal and state constitutional issues, real estate litigation, eminent domain, and election law. Jessica is admitted to practice in Washington and Oregon state and federal courts and has successfully represented clients in other courts across the country.

Jessica previously spent five years in the Appellate, Governmental, and Constitutional Litigation Practice Group at K&L Gates. Before entering private practice, Jessica served as a judicial clerk for Justice Mary Fairhurst of the Washington State Supreme Court, where she assisted in drafting opinions on issues including Washington public disclosure laws and state and federal constitutional matters. During law school, Jessica worked in the chambers of the Honorable Paul De Muniz, Oregon Supreme Court, and the Honorable Ann Aiken, United States District Court for the District of Oregon.

Jessica donates a significant number of hours each year to pro bono service and has worked with organizations including Legal Voice, the ACLU, and Volunteer Advocates for Immigration Justice. She also is passionate about foster care and adoption issues and, in 2010, Jessica and her husband adopted their son from the foster care system.

Before attending law school, Jessica edited elementary school textbooks for one of the world’s largest textbook publishing companies and worked in programming development for Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop), the company that produces Sesame Street.

Bar Admissions:

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Western District of Washington
  • Eastern District of Washington
  • District of Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education:

  • Brown University, B.A., Modern Culture & Media
  • University of Oregon, J.D. (Moot Court Board; Women’s Law Forum, Director)

Honors:

  • Selected for Washington Rising Stars, 2010-2015

Speaking Engagements & Presentations:

  • Case Law and Legislative Update, Issues in Condemnation, December 2010

Professional Organizations:

  • King County Bar Association, Appellate Section Executive Committee, 2012—present
  • Washington Women Lawyers, 2007—2012 (President, 2010—11; President Elect, 2009—2010; Secretary, 2007—2009; State Board Member of the Year, 2009)