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Jessica McElfresh is a San Diego criminal defense lawyer and founding attorney at McElfresh Law, Inc. Her practice areas include all types of criminal defense including drug and marijuana crimes. She is devoted to defending the rights and protecting the futures of her clients. An aggressive and dedicated defense attorney, Jessica is also involved in drug policy reform. Jessica has taught educational programs for other lawyers and authored proposed ordinances and ballot initiatives to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. She currently serves as the Community Director for the San Diego Chapter of the NORML Women’s Alliance.

Jessica is a summa cum laude graduate of Scripps College and received her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was a Dean’s Honor Scholarship recipient. While attending law school, she interned with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, where she gained valuable experience in analyzing search and seizure issues. Jessica is a current member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the California Public Defenders Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the Lawyers Club of San Diego. She has been sought out for her legal commentary by media outlets including The Los Angeles Times, The San Diego U-T, NBC, KPBS, and more.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
  2. Land Use & Zoning: 30%



Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Charles Welling O'Donnell

    Jessica is a very smart lawyer, very easy to speak with, and gets the job done. I endorse this lawyer for criminal defense matters.


    Charles O'Donnell Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • James Nelson Dicks

    This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney.


    James Dicks Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

McElfresh Law, Inc.

12555 High Bluff Dr.
Ste 390
San Diego, CA, 92130


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 BestAmerican Institute of Legal Counsel2015
Recognition AwardCasa Cornelia Law Center2010
Outstanding Criminal Clinic InternUniversity of San Diego School of Law2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMcElfresh Law, Inc.2011 - Present
Associate AttorneyLake APC2010 - 2011
Contract AttorneyCasa Cornelia Law Center2009 - 2010
Attorney-at-LawLaw Office of Jessica C. McElfresh2009 - 2010
Certifed Legal InternOffice of the District Attorney San Diego County2008 - 2009
InternSan Diego City Attorney's Office2007 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Cannabis Industry AssociationMember2015 - Present
National Cannabis Industry AssociationMember2015 - Present
Criminal Defense Bar Association of San DiegoMember2012 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2012 - Present
NORML Women's AllianceCommunity Director2012 - Present
Louis M. Welsh American Inn of CourtMember2010 - Present
NORML Legal CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Lawyers Club of San DiegoMember2009 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2009 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Scripps College (Claremont)Spanish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Medical Cannabis Law in San DiegoMedical Marijuana Law2010
Adjustment of Status for U Visa HoldersAdjustment of Status for U Visa Holders2009