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About me

Greetings! Jessica M. Neilson is a litigator and a legal educator with over 16 years experience in the Seattle area, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York City. Her practice focuses on two principal areas: contract law and consumer protection. Ms. Neilson believes in empowering business owners and individuals to maximize their own best interests through contracts and dispute resolution.


My personal time includes raising a baby girl, Julia, and attending church.


Practice areas


  1. Contracts: 80%
    24 years, 35 cases
  2. Car Accident: 15%
    13 years, 3 cases
  3. Unspecified: 5%



Hourly ($240/hour), contingent (33%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Peter Lawrence Maier

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have consulted with Jessica on several cases. She is an excellent lawyer and one of the few in the area who represents consumers in claims against car dealers.


    Peter Maier Lemon law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Jessica M. Neilson

33530 1st Way So. Suite 102
Federal Way, WA, 98003-7332


CAResigned 199405/23/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Order of the CoifN/A2004
Order of the CoifN/A1992
Rec'd Offer for Honors Attorney PositionU.S. Department of Justice1992
American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law I & IIN/A1990
American Jurisprudence Award for Contract LawUniversity of Oregon Law School1989
American Jurisprudence Award for Family LawUniversity of Oregon Law School1989
American Jurisprudence Award for Criminal LawUniversity of Oregon Law School1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office2006 - Present
InstructorHighline Community College2005 - Present
LecturerUniversity of Washington School of Law2002 - 2005
AssociateRuberto, Israel & Weiner2001 - 2002
Litigation Associate - TempTarlow Breed Hart Murphy & Rodgers, PC1999 - 2001
Law Teaching Colloquium FellowHarvard Law School1998 - 1999
AssociateQuinn Emanuel1995 - 1998
AssociateKirkland & Ellis1993 - 1995
Law Cerk to the Hon. George C. PrattU.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit1992 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar Community Legal ServicesVolunteer2008 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2008 - Present
Washington Women Business OwnersMember2008 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
U.S. District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmitted2008 - Present
Harvard Club of SeattleMember2008 - Present
Intellectual Property Section of the Washington State BarMember2008 - Present
Business Law Section of Washington State BarMember2008 - Present
Solo and Small Practice Section, Washington State BarMember2008 - Present
Lifeway ChurchMember2008 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarMember2007 - 2008
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - 2008
Des Moines Area Food BankMember, Board of Directors2006 - 2008
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2003 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Record Producer v. Seattle Rock Band (confidential)Clients let out of contract
Mitalas v. LaiPositive Settlement Outcome
Client v. DefendantPositive resolution of bank garnishment
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Publication nameTitleDate
Stanford Journal of Law, Business and FinanceShot in the Dark: The Ninth Circuit Pulls the Wrong "Trigger" in California Insurance Law1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawLL.M1999
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Whitworth CollegeEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Seminar at U.S. Attorney's OfficeProof-reading Your Legal Work2008
Spring Advanced CLE ConferenceTrademark Clearance Review2007