Jessica Butkera is an experienced trial attorney who focuses her practice on general liability, product liability and toxic tort matters. She represents a wide range of clients across various industries including property management, hospitality, retail, amusement parks, stadiums, construction, automobile, and trucking.
Jessica litigates complex lawsuits in the state and federal courtrooms of Maryland and the District of Columbia, offering clients the myriad benefits associated with her broad perspective and numerous bench and jury trial accomplishments. Jessica has extensive experience in all phases of litigation and works with clients from the claim stage and onset of litigation through trial or settlement, coordinating their legal strategy, personally overseeing site and product inspections, and managing all aspects of discovery, motions, mediation, and trial.
After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she won the 2007 National Championship of law school mock trial competitions and served as an editor of the Maryland Law Review, Jessica clerked for the Hon. Audrey J.S. Carrion in the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, Maryland. She is actively involved in a number of legal and professional organizations, including the Maryland State Bar Association, Bar Association of Baltimore City, and District of Columbia Bar, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Baltimore Bar Foundation. Jessica maintains an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Rising Star by Maryland Super Lawyers every year since 2013. The National Trial Lawyers selected Jessica for its Top 40 Under 40 list in 2016.
Following a one-week trial, successfully obtaining a defense verdict for a restaurant in a premises liability matter.
Obtaining dismissal of a civil lawsuit brought against a water and wastewater utility company.
Successfully obtaining a defense verdict for a local, professional sports team in a premises liability case.
Following a one-week trial, successfully obtaining a defense verdict for a hospital in a medical-malpractice emergency medicine and abdominal surgery matter.
Successfully obtaining a defense verdict for a hospital in a medical-malpractice informed consent case.
Obtaining summary judgment in an automobile accident defense matter.
Securing a directed verdict on behalf of an insured driver in a multi-vehicle collision.
Recovering a client’s defense costs and fees after successfully utilizing a Rule 68 Offer of Judgment.
Securing a dismissal in a medical malpractice case on the basis that the Plaintiff had not complied with the Health Claims statute by first filing in the Health Claims Alternative Dispute Resolution Office (HCADRO).
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 40 Under 40||The National Trial Lawyers||2016|
|Rising Stars, 2013-19||Maryland Super Lawyers||N/A|
|Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent||Martindale-Hubbell®||N/A|
|10 Superb||AVVO Rating||N/A|
|Maryland, 2018||America's Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators®||N/A|
|Maryland, 2018||America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®||N/A|
|“10 Best Female Attorneys” for Maryland, 2016||American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA)||N/A|
|Maryland, 2019||America's Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators®||N/A|
|Maryland, 2019||America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®||N/A|
|Attorney||Goldberg Segalla, LLP||2017 - Present|
|Attorney||Rollins, Smalkin, Richards & Mackie, LLC||2014 - 2017|
|Attorney||Chason Rosner Leary & Marshall, LLC||2008 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Baltimore Bar Foundation||Board of Trustees||2016 - Present|
|The Bar Association of Baltimore City||Communication and News Journal Commitee||2015 - Present|
|National Association of Professional Women||Member||2015 - Present|
|The Bar Association of Baltimore City||Personal Injury Litigation||2013 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar||Member||2009 - Present|
|The Bar Association of Baltimore City||Member||2008 - Present|
|Baltimore County Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Canton Community Association||N/A|
|University of Maryland School of Law National Trial Team||N/A|
|Delta Gamma Baltimore Alumnae Association||N/A|
|Delta Gamma Foundation||N/A|
|DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Newsletter, Vol. 21, Issue 3||"FDA Focuses on Youth E-Cigarette Use as Juul Comes Under Fire in Civil Litigation" (Co-Author)"||2018|
|American Bar Association Mass Torts Litigation Practice Point||"Evidence Must Show What is Fact and What is Just Opinion" (Co-Author)"||2018|
|The Maryland Litigator||"Taking and Defending Corporate Representative Depositions: A Primer"||2018|
|The Baltimore Barrister, May 2017 (updated and republished in the American Bar Association Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Newsletter, Winter 2018)||"When the Vapors Clear — Potential Toxic Tort Litigation from E-Cigarettes"||2017|
|65 MD. L. REV. 1202, 2006||"Maryland Employers Lose Again: The Maryland Court of Appeals’ Interpretations of the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act and Other Relevant Statutes"||2006|
|University of Maryland School of Law||J.D.||2007|
|George Washington University||B.A.||2002|
|National Business Institute, Timonium, MD||"Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law"||2018|
|Seminar||Special Education Laws Made Simple||2014|