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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


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



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

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

21 total 

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  • Sarah Jeanette Katz

    Jessica is a rock star lawyer. She is passionate, energetic, intelligent, and dedicated wholeheartedly to her clients. Jessica is also a great resource in the legal community. Her background as a criminal defense attorney gives her valuable expertise in the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. The legal community is fortunate to have Jessica as a leader and a resource and her clients are very fortunate to have her as their lawyer.


    Sarah Katz Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kathryn Jones Boortz

    Jessica Stern is an exceptional advocate for her clients. She is well versed in the nuances of immigration law and criminal defense, as well as the intersection of the two areas. I highly recommend and endorse this attorney.


    Kathryn Boortz Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info


1100 Spring Street NW
Suite 460
Atlanta, GA, 30309


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200801/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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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/AJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Central FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2005