She specializes in high-stakes civil and criminal matters by capitalizing on her extensive experience to serve clients across all industries, economic sectors, and jurisdictions. She leads high-profile corporate investigations, internal investigations, government investigations, and higher education investigations.
Beyond investigations, Jess has litigated cases involving fraud and business torts; business divorce; commercial breach of contract claims, shareholder disputes, lender litigation, IP protection, and insolvency-related issues. Jess publishes extensively in these areas, including the leading authority on lending: the Treatise on Lender Liability. Jess’s practice also extends to drafting and reviewing technology and entertainment contracts. Some of Jess’s clients include book authors, film producers, and musicians.
Jess has developed a reputation for her ability to respond quickly, formulate a strategy, and execute an action plan to achieve the most favorable outcomes such as protection of reputational interests and reduction of harm to business assets. Jess is considered a national legal expert, has lectured throughout the world, and is frequently featured in news programs, print media, and documentaries, including CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NPR, PBS, SundanceTV, TruTV, and Discovery+. Her pro bono cases have been the subject of several true-crime podcasts. Jess also has lectured throughout the world on business law, bankruptcy, complex evidence, white collar crime, and trial strategy. Jess has received several awards for her legal work and public service.
Before joining Krevolin & Horst, Jess was a tenured, full professor at Georgia State University College of Law teaching courses on evidence, contracts, bankruptcy and scientific evidence. Jess also served as GSU Law’s academic dean.
Jess attended law school at the University of Miami School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. After law school, Jess clerked for the Honorable Peter T. Fay on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced in the litigation and white-collar departments of a large firm in San Francisco, California.
Beyond her legal practice, Jess enjoys spending time with her husband and trying to keep up with her twin boys.