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Jessica Katherine Stern

Jessica Katherine Stern

also known as Jessica Stern

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Immigration, Appeals

About Me

Handling any criminal matter in Georgia or immigration courts nationwide, Jessica has the reputation of pushing the envelope and challenging common practices in order to uphold and protect one’s constitutional rights and the basic principles of fairness. A person is not defined by the worst thing they (may) have done in life.


Jessica has litigated well over a thousand felony cases.  She has done careful investigation and skillful research, along with strategic negotiations with dozens of government attorneys.  She maintains effective client communication.  She's argued hundreds of motions arguments before different judges, and she confidently has the willingness to force the state to prove its case at a jury trial. 


Jessica not only views successes in the trials and motions she has won, but also in the dismissals and reductions, in arguments that change a judge’s view on a sentencing statute or evidentiary law, and most importantly in the overall satisfaction of her clients.


Jessica is on the board of the Atlanta Bar Association's Women in the Profession and Criminal Law sections, a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association, Georgia Association of Women Lawyers and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.


She is admitted to practice in any Georgia Superior Court, the GA Court of Appeals, the GA Supreme Court, the United States District Court of the Northern District of Georgia, and Immigration Courts nationwide.  



J.D., Northeastern University School of Law

B.A., University of Central Florida, magna cum laude



Criminal Defense; Immigration Deportation Defense; Reformative Justice; Appeals; Rehabilitative programs; Georgia sentencing issues; Padilla Consultations 




Practice Areas

Licensed since 2008

  1. Immigration: 45%
  2. Criminal Defense: 45%
  3. Appeals: 10%



Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

19 total 

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    Jessica is truly an amazing attorney. She handles each and every case with care and diligence. She not only treats every client with respect but she works tirelessly in their defense.


    Lavie Lang
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Scott William Dawkins

    Ms. Stern is one of the brightest, most talented, hardest working lawyers I have ever come across. Her integrity is impeccable. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an experienced, talented advocate. She is simply outstanding.


    Scott Dawkins Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info


1100 Spring Street NW
Suite 460
Atlanta, GA, 30309


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200805/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Training Certification AwardSouthern Public Defender Training Program2009

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Staff AttorneyAtlanta Judicial Circuit Public Defenders Office2008 - 2011
Legal ClerkUS Army JAG Corps2007 - 2007
Legal Clerk/InvestigatorSouthern Center for Human Rights2006 - 2007
Judicial clerkMiddlesex Juvenile Court2006 - 2006
ParalegalOrange County Public Defender2004 - 2005

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Atlanta Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionBoard Member, At Large2012 - Present
Georgia Association for Women LawyersMember2011 - Present
Atlanta Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers SectionN/A2011 - Present
Building Locally to Organize for Community Safety (BLOCS)Member2009 - 2010
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Phi Alpha DeltaMember2003 - Present

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawN/AJuris Doctor2008
University of Central FloridaPolitical ScienceBachelor of Arts2005