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Seattle attorney Jessica M. Erickson is a compassionate and determined trial lawyer, dedicated to helping businesses and individuals who have been injured or victimized by others. She focuses her practice in the area of complex litigation, representing, among others, victims of childhood sexual abuse against entities such as the Catholic Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the State of Washington, and the Boy Scouts of America. In 2012, she worked on a team that obtained an $8 million jury verdict against the Catholic Church, which is believed to be the largest verdict of its kind in Washington history. 

After graduating with honors from Central Washington University with a double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies and Law & Justice, and living abroad for a handful of years, Jes attended Seattle University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. While at Seattle University, Jes was involved in Law Review, serving as Executive Editor for Lead Articles. 

Jes is a member of the Washington State Association for Justice and Washington Women Lawyers, and is actively involved in her West Seattle community. In 2012, Jes received the Distinguished Alumni Award for the Department of Philosophy at Central Washington University, and has since sat on the Advisory Board for CWU’s College of Arts and Humanities. In her pro bono practice, Jes represents low-income clients in domestic cases where children are at risk as a result of domestic violence, child abuse, or substance abuse.


Languages spoken: English, Polish

Practice areas


  1. Child Abuse: 70%
  2. Personal Injury: 30%



Contingent (33-40%)

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  • Crystal Jo McDonald

    Jessica is a fantastic attorney who takes great pride in her representation of her clients. She has a wonderful reputation and is compassionate. I highly endorse her!


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  • Karen Kathryn Koehler

    Jessica is a rising star in the niche area of helping victims of child abuse. She is warm hearted and tough - a great combination!


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Contact info

Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, PLLC

403 Columbia Street, Suite 500
Seattle, WA, 98104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Distinguished Alumni AwardCentral Washington University2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyPfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, PLLC2011 - Present
Law ClerkState of Washington, Attorney General (Consumer Protection Division)2009 - 2010
Law ClerkState Of Washington, Attorney General (Labor & Personnel Division)2008 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember2013 - Present
Washington Women LawyersMember2012 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member2011 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
S.O. v. Corporation of the Catholic Archbishop of Seattle, et al.$8 million Jury Verdict
Seattle Archdiocese to pay $12.125 millionSettlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Remedial Action Law BlogOngoing contributor2015
Trial News (Washington State Association for Justice)Social Media as Evidence: Cases, Practice Pointers, and Techniques (a review)2014
Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)Networking for Introverts2013
Seattle University Law ReviewComment: Making Live and Letting Die: The Biopolitical Effect of Navajo Nation v. U.S. Forest Serivce2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Job Strategies WorkshopVenturing Out on Your Own -- Becoming a Contract Attorney2011