At Jesson & Rains, PLLC, we are committed to providing personal and cost effective legal services for individuals and businesses in the greater Charlotte area.
Jesson & Rains focuses on three primary areas of the law: estate planning, business, and construction.
For our estate planning clients, we offer a thorough consultation to go over all assets and liabilities to provide an individualized plan that is right for you, including will drafting, trust drafting, powers of attorney, healthcare agent designation, and advanced healthcare directives (also known as a "living will"). Our attorneys also represent personal representatives during the estate administration process when their loved one has passed away, helping them to navigate the probate court process, which can be confusing and time consuming.
Jesson & Rains is also a full-service business law firm. Edward and Kelly help businesses and non-profits form, organize, review and draft contracts, handle employment issues, collections, insurance disputes, and litigation, should the need arise.
We represent clients involved in the construction industry, including both general and subcontractors, providing services such as contract review, drafting, and negotiations; consultations regarding bidding processes; collections, including the filing of mechanic’s liens; and litigation.
We offer clients a wealth of legal experience typically found at big law firms while maintaining relationships with clients one finds only at smaller firms. We proudly serve Charlotte, Gastonia, and Concord, as well as other communities in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln, Iredell, Cabarrus, and Union counties. We look forward to working with you.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2012||08/25/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Legal Elite for Tax/Estate Planning category||Business North Carolina||2019|
|NC Super Lawyer Rising Star in the area of Estate Planning||Super Lawyer||2018|
|Dean’s Certificate - Comparative Constitutional Law||University of Miami School of Law||2012|
|Order of the Coif||University of Miami School of Law||2012|
|CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Business Associations||CALI||2011|
|Dean’s Certificate - Prof'l Responsibility & Ethics Program||University of Miami School of Law||2011|
|Summer Law Intern Program||Department of Justice||2011|
|University of Miami Law Review||University of Miami School of Law||2010|
|Dean’s Certificate - Legal Research & Writing||University of Miami School of Law||2009|
|Capitol Citation in U.S. v. Mobile Billboards of America||NC Secretary of State||2008|
|Recognized for Outstanding Assistance in U.S. v. Kevin Geddings||Federal Bureau of Investigation||2007|
|Partner||Jesson & Rains, PLLC||2015 - Present|
|Associate||Weiss Serota Helfman, Et Al.||2013 - 2015|
|Judicial Law Clerk||Florida Third District Court of Appeal||2012 - 2013|
|Paralegal||United State Department of Justice||2005 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Women Business Owners, Charlotte||Board Member||2017 - Present|
|Women Lawyers of Charlotte||Board Member||2017 - Present|
|Mecklenburg County Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Section||Vice Chair||2018 - 2019|
|Junior League of Charlotte||Member||2015 - 2016|
|North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys||Member||2015 - 2016|
|Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers||Member||2015 - 2016|
|Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale||Member||2013 - 2015|
|Federal Bar Association - Broward County Chapter||Member||2013 - 2015|
|Broward County Women Lawyers' Association||Member||2013 - 2015|
|American Inns of Court||Member||2013 - 2015|
|36 Campbell L. Rev. 75 (2013)||Jan L. Jacobowitz & Kelly Rains Jesson, Fidelity Diluted: Client Confidentiality Gives Way to the First Amendment & Social Media in Virginia State Bar, ex rel. Third District Committee v. Horace Frazier Hunter (cited with approval in ABA Comm. on Ethics & Prof'l Responsibility, Formal Op. 480 (2018))||2013|
|University of Miami School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor, summa cum laude||2012|
|North Carolina State University||BA, magna cum laude||2003|
|North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants 79th Annual Symposium||Estate Planning & Probate Primer—What You Need to Know to Help Your Clients||2018|
|Estate Planning From A to Z||Documenting Long-Term Care, Incapacity and End-of-Life Decisions||2017|
|Fernandez v. Bal Harbour Village, 49 F. Supp. 3d 1144, (S.D. Fla. 2014)|
|Giraldo v. City of Hollywood Fla., 142 F. Supp. 3d 1292 (S.D. Fla. 2015)|
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