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Jessica Ellsworth
See yourself
helping others.

"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.

Focus

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!

Experience

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.

Pro bono

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.