About Jessica Stern
Jessica Stern is a bright, spirited courtroom lawyer and a champion for justice. Blending her experience from years as a public defender and then as an Associate with the well-respected white collar defense firm, Kish and Lietz, P.C., Jessica founded STERN Law, LLC.
Jessica guarantees quality representation to those in need of a client-centered, compassionate, and no-nonsense lawyer. Despite common systematic and societal challenges, Jessica never takes lightly the responsibility to provide each and every person with zealous representation and respect. Jessica is not afraid of pushing the envelope and challenging common practices in order to uphold and protect one’s constitutional rights and the basic principles of fairness. To that end, she is a firm believer that individuals are not defined by the worst thing they (may) have done in life.
Jessica particularly values the experience she has earned in the courtroom, where she has litigated well over a thousand felony cases. She has built skill through careful investigation and methodical research, strategic negotiations with prosecutors, effective client communication, hundreds of motions arguments before various judges, and the willingness to force the state to prove its case at a jury trial. Jessica not only views success in the trials and motions she has won, but also in the dismissals and charge reductions, in arguments that change a judge’s view on a sentencing statute or evidentiary law, and most importantly in the overall satisfaction of the people she has represented.
In addition to her traditional criminal defense practice, Jessica has a strong passion to help non-citizens successfully navigate through the criminal process in order to avoid immigration consequences. She also has the skill and knowledge to handle any immigration-related matter in any Immigration Court nationwide – such as removal/deportation defense or other forms of immigration relief.
Jessica is extremely knowledgeable in the area of probation revocations, has extensive appellate experience, and enjoys counseling criminal defense attorneys through the Padilla Immigration Consequences analysis.
Jessica is admitted to the Bar in the State of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Georgia Supreme Court. Jessica is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court in the Northern District of Georgia. She is a current board member and the former Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section Board (2014-2015) and served on the Board of the Women in the Profession Section from 2012-2014. Jessica was appointed in 2014 to the Bar’s Judicial Selection & Tenure Committee, and sits on the City of Atlanta Board of Ethics through 2018. She is a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity (PAD), and has received the following awards:
2016 Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star List; Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite (2015); National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA); Top 10 Under 40 Award (2015); National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 lawyers (2013 and 2014); Avvo Superb Rated Attorney Award (2014) and Client’s Choice Award (2013).
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
B.A., University of Central Florida, magna cum laude