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Jessica Tereasa Ornsby

Family Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2016
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2015
    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. Family
    Custody, child welfare, child abuse, child support.

  2. Landlord or tenant
    Wrongful eviction, eviction, unpaid rent, squatter eviction, mold, uninhabitable rental properties.

Jessica is a Washington, D.C. native committed to serving her community through her legal practice and philanthropy. At Ornsby Dozier LLP, Jessica advises clients in a variety of matters, and strives to accomplish her clients’ goals through proactive and creative problem-solving. Jessica prides herself on being a responsive and effective advocate for each of her clients.

Jessica has previously worked as a tax associate at a large law firm based in Washington, D.C., where she litigated complex tax matters and advised large companies on the tax implications of various transactions. Jessica also litigated family law matters on a pro bono basis at her prior firm which is what sparked her interest in practicing family law. Jessica also represents clients in landlord-tenant, civil rights, business and tax matters.

In addition to her legal practice, Jessica serves as a tenant advocate for Rockville City Council’s Landlord Tenant Commission. Jessica also participates in various pro bono clinics, and is an active member at her church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Jessica is a worship leader at two churches within the Metropolitan area, and co-chair of a young adult bible study group. When she’s not interfacing with clients or volunteering, Jessica spends as much time as she can with her family, exploring locally, and traveling.

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Ornsby Dozier LLP
1250 Connecticut Avenue
Suite 700
Washington, DC, 20036


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Posted by Jesse | April 4, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Knowledgeable
Jessica seemed very Knowledgeable and easy to talk with. I feel she would be a good choice to help me with my issue.
Posted by Raquel | May 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jessica cleared me from excessive and unwarranted fines from my prior landlord
I contacted Jessica to help me with a demand letter for a landlord tenant matter. She exceeded my expectations and was able to get my lease termination fee cancelled instantly. She is very diligent and knowledgeable about state and local laws. She also worked with me from start to end including follow-ups with all the right people to get my issue resolved. I would highly recommend Jessica to all my friends and colleagues. Thank you Jessica for the fast and quality results!
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Posted by Charles | February 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Why I use the word "hero" when explaining mrs ornsby
My name is charles and mrs ornsby is my attorney for alot of different cases including the following, child custody, family criminal charge, and child support modification. I as father was in a very dark place, I was being told by my children that they were being harmed, neglected, abused, etc... But even though i had proof no one would listen to me. Finally someone did and that person name is jessica ornsby, i had a court date that everyone knew i would lose cause i didnt have a attorney, which meant my daughter would have to go back to the woman that was hurting her. I was scared and felt completly alone, until out of no where jessica dropped what she was doing and because she believed me (after showing my evidence to her) she went into the courtroom and saved my baby girl. After that experience i have hired her for multiple situations after that, and EVERYTIME i have come out with what i have gone in wanting. Her results spoke for her actions she a very to the point person with care and understanding with everything fhat she does. Im writing this review for the moms and dads that might be in the same place i was in and felt completly helpless i promise u as i am writing this my daughter just came home with all AS and 3 BS on her report card and she lives with me full time and theres only 1 person that made that happen, jessica ornsby. Shes my hero and hit her up, u wont be dissapointed.
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Posted by Alexandra | December 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved Me from My Tenant
I contacted Jessica to assist me with my tenant who was three months behind on rent. Living outside of the US, Jessica was able to file in court and serve my tenant. Luckily, the tenant paid before the court appearance. She also assisted with moving my tenant out by being my voice and communicating the move-out procedures to the tenant.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 275-325 per hour
  • Contingency 30%-40%
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Tax Associate
  • Miller & Chevalier
  • 2015 - 2017


  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • LL.M - Master of Laws in Taxation
  • N/A
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • Music Education
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • CH v. AW
  • Won full custody of the children for dad with limited supervised visitation with mother; child support order suspended (cancelled); protective order awarded for dad and children against mother.
  • ML v. RL
  • Won full custody of one child and a significant increase in visitation with the remaining three children; child support order suspended.


  • J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Rockville City Council Landlord Tenant Commission
  • Tenant Advocate
  • 2016 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar, Taxation Section
  • Co-chair
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Mid-Atlantic Region National Black Law Students Association 50th Annual Convention
  • Family Law Practice
  • 2018
  • Howard University Career Fair
  • Pathways to a Legal Career
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Jessica
Business Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica is a very experienced business and family law attorney. She treats her clients with care and fights aggressively for each and every client. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Ornsby is a hard-working and respectable attorney who knows what she is doing."
Washington Family Lawyer Jessica Tereasa Ornsby
Jessica Tereasa Ornsby
Family Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 7 years