Areas of practice
Charitable planning and organizations
Probate and trust administration
Jessica focuses her practice on estate planning and administration, business succession planning and charitable giving. In estate planning, Jessica works with clients whose estate range from modest to high net worth. Jessica enjoys getting to know her clients and assisting them in developing an estate plan that is appropriate for their situation. She has experience with sophisticated estate planning techniques, including insurance trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, charitable trusts and sales to grantor trusts. Jessica also works with charitable organizations. She has helped clients form private foundations and has advised charitable organizations on a range of matters.
Jessica has spoken on estate and gift tax and fiduciary income tax topics at meetings of the American Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association. Jessica was selected as a Fellow for the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Fellows Program for 2012-2014. She continues to be involved with the leadership of the ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section and is currently an Acquisitions Editor for the Real Property, Trust and Estate Journal and a Vice Chair of the Charitable Organizations Group.
Admitted to practice
District of Columbia, 2008 (inactive)
Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. (Taxation, with Certificate in Estate Planning), with distinction, 2008
Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2005
University of Notre Dame, B.A., magna cum laude, 2000
Prior to joining Duffy Kekel, Jessica was an associate at Venable LLP in Washington, DC. Jessica’s experiences before entering private practice include an internship with the US Congress Joint Committee on Taxation and a clerkship at the District of Columbia Probate Court.
Memberships & activities
Estate Planning and Administration and Taxation Sections, Oregon State Bar
Sections on Taxation and Real Property, Trusts and Estates, American Bar Association