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Jessica Ann Foley

Mediation Attorney at Hingham, MA

4.3   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jessica

Learn Jessica’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    I help people prepare for the expected and unexpected. Having an estate plan in place preserves your legacy and allows your loved ones to grieve and honor your wishes. It's never too soon to begin an estate plan.

    16 years

  2. Mediation
    I mediate Probate Disputes - either before or after a court action has been filed. Will disputes are emotional and difficult and sometimes not about the money but about being heard. Mediating is the best way to try to avoid permanent estrangement.

    4 years

  3. Probate
    I help people navigate estates after the death of a loved one. I litigate will disputes in cases where it is necessary and the wishes of the parties. I also mediate these same disputes.

    21 years

  4. Litigation
    I have litigated in State Court for over 20 years. I have litigated in Juvenile Court, District Court, and Superior Court. I have defended all types of criminal matters from arraignment through jury trials and post conviction.

I focus on helping people through some unexpected life challenges.   I have been a litigator and advocate my entire law career and believe that everyone is entittled to due process whether it be in the court room or in their education.  

A large portion of my practice has always been juvenile defense - which encompasses many collateral issues relating to school discipline and educational advocacy.  I work with clients in all arenas with learning disabilities, substance abuse issues, mental health issues and high stress and high conflict lives.  

I enjoy guiding client's through the process and keeping them informed of the proceedings, especially in criminal cases where my clients are sometimes facing substantial prison time.  These clients also often have families and kids that they are worried about and I help them plan for the uncertainty of a criminal conviction.

I love working with people and helping them navigate and address issues they or their children are having so that everyone can get back to their full potential.

Attorney Foley graduated from Northeastern University School of Law (J.D. 2001) and Smith College (B.A. Biochemistry 1997). She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the United States District Court. She is a member of the Norfolk County Bar Association, the Quincy Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association, MAGAL, AFCC, and Wright's Law.





Law Office of Jessica A. Foley
340 Lincoln Street
Suite 2400
Hingham, MA, 02043

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Posted by Anthony | December 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent Attorney, Dismissed Case, Satisfied Client
Jessica seamlessly championed my case and I could not have been more satisfied. Being my first experience with the court system, I was terrified; Jessica put me at ease from our very first meeting. She patiently answered all of my questions in a manner I could understand which addressed any concerns I had. Being from out of state added another layer of stress; however, throughout my ordeal Jessica kept up regular communication and pushed through any logistical issues including opening up her schedule to accommodate changes. Jessica saw my case through to dismissal and I was ecstatic; regardless of this outcome I recommend her completely. Her professional demeanor, knowledge and expertise is combined with her personal attention to provide her clients with a balanced approach.
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2014
The Only Criminal Defense Attorney You Should Hire!!!!!!
I hired Attorney Foley for a probable cause hearing. The case was out of Dorchester District Court. She did an excellent job. She is tremendously hard working and and on top of her cases. She kept me informed throughout the process and was able to keep me calm during the proceedings. She always responded to my calls and emails in a timely manner and made me feel like i was her only client.
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Posted by Mark | August 28, 2012
Ticket Dismissed!
Ms. Foley saved me from years of auto insurance premium surcharges! With a relatively clean driving record, I was clocked by LIDAR speeding on the Mass Pike doing 80 in a 65 during a long ride home from a business trip by a MA State Police Officer. I am generally not a speeder and certainly didn't want the insurance premium hikes, so I decided to appeal to the mercy of the court. From one past experience trying this, I knew that I wasn't skilled at pleading my case to the Court Magistrate without getting a little bit worked up so i sought Ms. Foley's help. Ms. Foley skillfully, honestly and calmly stated my case to the Magistrate and I was quickly found "Not Responsible" with an admonishment to "Slow Down". Perhaps I could have accomplished this on my own, perhaps not, but Ms. Foley provided the necessary skill to increase my chance of having the ticket dismissed and we succeeded! Additionally, Ms. Foley is quite personable and makes you feel confident and at ease. I will keep Ms. Foley's card in a safe place in case needed in the future. Highly Recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2012
Case Dismissed!
Ms. Foley was outstanding! She was there for me from beginning to end. She went above and beyond her duties and even referred me to support groups that would help me with my experiences. I couldn't of asked for a better attorney. Her hands on approach to the problems between me and my girlfriend showed that she truly cared. I was very scared and frightened at first since this was all new to me but Ms. Foley did an amazing job of reassuring me that things were going to be ok. She came to every court appearance on time and ready to defend me to the highest degree of law! Every time she stepped foot in the court room, I knew, I had the best defense I could ever ask for. As a result of her tremendous work, she successfully got my charges dismissed and I am now living stress free of these false accusations. I would recommend Ms. Foley to anyone who's found themselves in wrongful Domestic Violence charges, she is the best there is at fighting for the truth! She also treated my folks well and I am glad I chose Ms. Foley to represent me. God Bless her!
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Posted by Lois | September 19, 2010
Execellent Massachusetts driver
Ms. Foley was effecient, responsive, professional. And she believed in my cause. I have no tickets on my record and believed I was unfairly cited in a speeding ticket by a MA state trooper using LADAR device. She told the truth to me and on my behalf. I never met Ms. Foley in person and found her on the web. I was told by other attorneys in MA that my case was a lost cause. Not only did she represent me, she won. I recommend her without reservation. Very professionally handled. I work with attorneys in business all of the time. She was excellent.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2010
smart, quick
Jessica is a very intelligent lawyer. She listens well and knows what to do right away. She knows the law.
Posted by Joe | April 22, 2010
“Before the law"
Here's how it came that I needed her assistance: I had a roommate who was diagreable and unable to communicate in a civil and appriopriate manner and it got progressively worst. She decided to pull her Trump card and use the 209A abuse prevention order to evict me. This gross misuse of an order designed for victims of violent crimes was now being used as a tool to negotiate money and an eviction. Jessica totally took control of the situation and saw that this girl was taking advantage of law designed to protect abused indviduals and she negotiated a deal that kept us out of court as well as uncovering evidence that my former roommate had perjuried herself and thus is liable for any and all damages that may a rise in future concern. Without Jessica I am sure my former roommate would have gotten the order extended without cause. Thanks to Jessica this case became a slam dunk and before the law there stood a door...
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Posted by Melissa | November 21, 2009
Jessica Foley
Jessica represented me for a SORB hearing, but she also gave me a lot of advice and help for my care and protection case that is still underway. Jessica did a lot of research for my SORB hearing, she was very well prepared. Jessica was available all times of day, and I called once late at night because I was afraid when I heard the sherrif had been at my house while I was gone, she called the police station to find out what was going on and called me back to let me know everything was okay. Jessica always answered her phone when I called, or called me right back. Jessica worked very quickly, when I asked her about finding a doctor to do an evaluation it took her about one day to find him.
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Posted by Gary | November 21, 2009
Expert Criminal Traffic Lawyer
Jessica was there for us. That's part of what I want in a lawyer, the trusted advisor and knowledgeable in the needed topics. I also like her presence in the courtroom. I needed fearless and direct, and that's what I got. I needed an advocate for our position, not an apologist. Someone to defend us, not cut a deal. I got that. I also like that she is modern, with email, etc. And she contributes to the public domain in her areas of expertise. That is what attracted me to her services in the first place. I hope I do not need her again, but I will not hesitate to make her my first contact in those matters.
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2009
I highly recommend Jessica Foley for anyone needing an attorney.
Ms. Foley listened carefully to our situation, followed-through promptly and kept us well-informed during the process. She was also very compassionate and understanding. We were out of state and despite not meeting her in person she made us feel that we were in good hands.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2013
This past spring I met with Jessica Foley to represent me on my first time criminal matter and in speaking with her was convinced that she was more than capable of handling my case. Boy was I ever wrong on hiring her. On my first court appearance she shows up 20 minutes late (mind you I am freaking out that she is not here well ahead of time and in knowing where the courthouse is). In going before the Judge, she looks to get the trial pushed out and asks me my availability for the next date. I told her anytime, she pushes it out a month further than what was initially offer by the court. When we leave the court, she speaks to me for about 10 minutes and just says “Oh well, this is the way the court system works” and leaves. I then get a call later in the day from her office looking for payment of the balance due on the flat fee agreement amount. Really concerned about her clients well-being and just looking to line her bank account. I could have stood before the court and accomplished the same result as she did without having to pay for it. A week later I send her an email asking her to explain herself and what happen and get no response back. As my next trial date approached, I ended up speaking to two other attorney’s and learned far more than anything Jessica initially told me. At that point I decided to terminate my representation as I knew I would be better served going with someone else. We are now in dispute over her legal fees and getting nowhere to resolving it. If you read this, be advised and do not make the same mistake I made as it will cost you spend your hard earned money and get nothing in return. Jessica is an unresponsive, unsympathetic and typical self-absorbed attorney.
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Posted by Ronald | May 18, 2010
Was court appointed for my son, no contact and totally unprepared
Attorney Foley was hired to represent my son and never returned our calls, missed court dates and finally sent another attorney in on the trial date who knew nothing of the case. She never returned a single call despite repeated calls from us. We then found out that she has an extensive workload of court appointed public defender cases. Make sure you can contact her if you hire her.
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Response from Jessica Foley June 4, 2010
I do not believe that these comments were meant for me for the following reasons 1) to the best of my knowledge I have not represented a juvenile with a father named Ron, 2) I have never sent another lawyer on a trial date, 3) I do my best to either personally return calls within 24 hours (or have someone else), 4) I do not have another trial attorney working for me, and 5) although I do represent clients for court-appointed cases (as I believe all attorneys should), it does not encompass my entire practice. I also treat every court appointed client as I do my 'paying' clients. I'm not perfect, but I feel as though I zealously advocate and defend for every one of my clients and work with them to get the best possible outcome.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-375 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Jessica A. Foley
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Sullivan & Sweeney, LLLP
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Sakakeeny & Associates
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Plymouth County District Attorney's Office
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Intern to Judge Hiller Zobel
  • Judicial Intern - Middlesex Superior Court
  • 1998 - 1998
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  • MWI, Inc.
  • Certified Mediator
  • 2020
  • MWI, Inc.
  • Certified Family Mediator
  • 2020
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Smith College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Juvenile
  • Case dismissed.
  • Commonwealth v. Client
  • Dismissed.
  • Commonwealth v. Defendant
  • Probation
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  • Norfolk County Bar Advocates
  • Juvenile Supervising Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • DOVE
  • Legal Advisory Board
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Editor - Criminal Justice Small Firm Newsletter
  • 2009 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Women's Criminal Defense Attorney Network
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Norfolk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Smith College Alumnae Association
  • Chair - South Shore
  • 2007 - Present
  • Women's Attorney Network of the South Shore
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Toastmasters
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • South Shore Women's Business Network
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2008
  • South Shore Business Connections
  • Treasurer
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Quincy Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star 2009
  • Superlawyers
  • 2009
  • Youthful Offender Certification
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • 2009
  • Zealous Advocacy Certification
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Children and Family Law Panel Certification
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • 2008
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  • blog
  • Massachusetts Criminal Defense Blog
  • 2009
  • Blog
  • Massachusetts Driving Law
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Fenway High School
  • The Impact of Crime and Violence on Teens
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (30)
Given (17)
Endorse Jessica
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Jessica is a dedicated attorney who is well-versed in criminal defense. She is unwavering in her advocacy for her clients. I recommend her highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jessica works hard for her clients. In a recent case she was easy to reach and happy to bounce ideas back and fourth, with our client's best interests in mind."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica is a well respected, caring, knowledgeable attorney who will fight to the bitter end for her clients. I would recommend Jessica to anyone looking for a top notch attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is well respected and gets proven results for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Juvenile law Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She has commitment to her clients, to the profession, and to the larger community in which she practices. She is a skilled and dedicated lawyer and an assert to her clients and the legal community"
Unknown Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica is a skillful attorney who brings compassion and professionalism to her practice as she helps her clients navigate a very difficult time. She is a trusted advisor, and I am lucky to count her as a dear friend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jessica and very knowledgeable and well published in the criminal defense field."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An excellent and skillfull attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have followed Jessica's work for a while and her reputation as a zealous advocate for her clients and the results she achieves on their behalf are a credit to the legal profession. I would highly recommend her and endorse her."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Attorney Foley is recognized as a leading DUI lawyer. She is at the top of her field."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Foley is an excellent attorney. She is classy, well prepared and respected in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Foley is a vigorous advocate for her clients and her legal acumen and professionalism are second to none. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking a criminal defense lawyer."
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