"I argued a case before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for a pro bono client who was cheated out of her home through a mortgage foreclosure scam that resulted in affirmance of one of the largest punitive damages awards that has been upheld in Washington, D.C."
- Jessica Ellsworth, Partner, Washington, D.C.
I focus on appellate matters, particularly with regard to white collar litigation.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
I was a summer associate my 3L summer, before clerking, while I was also taking a bar review class at night. I remember everyone being very sympathetic that I was trying to both pass the bar and get an offer from then Hogan & Hartson. Fortunately, both happened!
I wasn’t sure how long I would stay when I came to the firm after my clerkships. Eight years later, I am still here. I have been amazed to learn how intellectually engaging the practice of law can be and thrilled with the opportunities I have gotten to argue in court and pursue pro bono work.
One of my favorite community service activities is the work we do with the Thurgood Marshall Academy, a law-based charter school in Washington, D.C. We work in teams with the 9th grade students on critical thinking and public speaking skills. It is a lot of fun and a great way to work with lawyers from a variety of practice areas with a common goal: keeping a bunch of ninth graders on task!
One of my favorite projects took to me Cheyenne, Wyoming, where after attending a hearing at the Wyoming Senate, I got to spend a little extra time at the Cowgirls of the West Museum before getting snowed in (it was February) and having to hope the highway didn’t close before I could get to Denver to get a flight back to Washington, D.C.
I argued a case before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for a pro bono client who was cheated out of her home through a mortgage foreclosure scam that resulted in affirmance of one of the largest punitive damages awards that has been upheld in Washington, D.C. Our client was so appreciative and it was great to engage with the court for an extended discussion of the issues.
I have worked every year on projects for a number of pro bono clients on a wide variety of issues — Supreme Court briefs discussing everything from Native Hawaiian land ownership to school district compliance with the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act to the impact of strip searches on domestic violence survivors, as well as appeal briefs in support of an Iraqi asylum seeker.
As a member of the Litigation and Arbitration practice group, I focus primarily on appellate and Supreme Court litigation, with a focus on white collar work. I regularly work on matters pending before federal courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court on issues arising under the False Claims Act, federal jurisdiction, antitrust law, energy regulation, employment law, contract disputes, and torts. I have testified on behalf of clients as a healthcare fraud expert in the Wyoming and Arkansas legislatures. I have also drafted numerous Supreme Court briefs on behalf of pro bono clients.
I joined the firm as an associate in 2003 after working with Hogan Lovells as a summer associate. I served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and The Honorable Rebecca Beach Smith of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. I am a graduate of Harvard Law School, where I was named Best Oralist by U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter in the Harvard Law School Ames Moot Court Competition.
When I’m not pursuing my legal practice, you might find me competing in sprint triathlons, hiking in national parks, or participating in a women’s interfaith discussion group.