Jessica Nwokocha focuses her practice on representing both corporations and individuals in white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and government enforcement matters. In addition to her legal training, Jessica draws on her background in journalism to meet client needs with persuasive oral and written advocacy, a solid understanding of the investigative aspects of litigation, and experience communicating and presenting in a universally relatable way.
Prior to joining the firm, Jessica worked as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group of a national law firm in its Atlanta, Georgia office where she represented major financial institutions, distribution and electric utility companies, and health insurance providers in complex cases in state and federal courts. Previously, Jessica was an associate in the Commercial Litigation and Drug and Device Litigation Practice Groups of an international law firm in its Birmingham, Alabama office. Additionally, Jessica served as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Clarence Cooper in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
During law school, Jessica was a Chancellor’s Law Scholar, an Associate Justice for the Vanderbilt Moot Court Board, an Authorities Editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, the Academic Excellence Chair for the Black Law Students Association, President of the Honor Council, and a 2013 Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Summer Fellow. Jessica was also awarded the American Law Institute CLE Scholarship & Leadership Award in 2014, and she was selected as a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Diversity Leadership Institute’s Class of 2014.
Member of an independent compliance monitor and auditor team for a Fortune 10 auto manufacturer that oversaw the company’s compliance with Plea Agreement and Consent Decree obligations arising from parallel criminal and civil cases involving fraud and environmental violations.
Conducted an internal investigation in China concerning potential commercial bribery, money laundering, and conflicts of interest, and advised the public company’s Audit Committee on remedial measures.
*Represented major retailer in successfully obtaining summary judgment in a premises liability case based on claims of negligence and wantonness.
*Represented a major electric utility company in successfully obtaining summary judgment on a high stakes negligence claim.
*Successfully defended a major electric utility company solo in a bench trial and obtained a defense verdict dismissing all claims against the client.
*Obtained a favorable outcome for a major health insurance provider as second-chair in a bench trial against a hostile out-of-network provider.
*Successfully represented an individual in a state evidentiary proceeding in a breach of contract case.
*Managed and facilitated a hospice provider’s compliance with a federal agency’s investigation and subpoena to produce documents.
*Assisted with advising and representing a multinational pharmaceutical company in multidistrict litigation regarding complex legal claims arising under federal and state law.
*Experience gained by attorney prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend
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Vanderbilt University Law School J.D. (2014)
Howard University B.A. (2010) Journalism, Concentration in Broadcast News, summa cum laude, Dean’s List
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama (2014)
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia (2017)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (2014)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (2017)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama (2014)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia (2017)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia - Honorable Clarence Cooper (Oct 2015-Oct 2016)
American Bar Association, Member
State Bar of Georgia, Member
Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy, Class of 2018
Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Member
Professional Development Academy, Class of Fall 2017
Atlanta Bar Association, Member at Large, Women in the Profession Section Board
Gate City Bar Association, Member
Alabama State Bar, Member
Women’s Energy Network – Greater Atlanta Chapter, Director at Large (2017-2018)
Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Young Professionals, Member
Hands on Atlanta Service Juris Project, Steering Committee, Member (2017)
Annual Vanderbilt Black Law Students Association Women’s Empowerment Brunch, Panelist and Co-Founder (2013-Present)
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Eviction Defense Program, Volunteer (2018-Present)
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