Jessiah practices with the firm’s Criminal and Government Investigations practice group where his primary focus will be working with clients on white-collar criminal defense matters in federal courts. Prior to joining the firm, Jessiah served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary Grace O’Brien of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. During law school he served as a student attorney with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for Augusta County and as an intern for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.
Unpublished short stories written
Movies watched at least twice
Lego minifigures collected
People would be surprised to know:
During law school, I worked a few shifts as a janitor and housekeeper at the hotel my wife managed in Lexington, Virginia. I enjoyed it. I like the inherent satisfaction of leaving a place in better condition than I find it.
Five songs everyone should listen to:
“Vitamin C” by German experimental rock band Can; “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” by American gospel blues artist Blind Willie Johnson; “Djougou Toro” by Burkinabe Yéyé group Volta Jazz; “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel; and “Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78-II: Song About Alexander Nevsky” by Russian-Soviet classical composer Sergei Prokofiev.
In an alternate universe…
I would be an astrophysicist. My father, a brilliant high school physics teacher, instilled a deep appreciation of physics and astronomy in me during my childhood. In this universe, however, I lack the raw mathematical skills required to work as a scientist in either field.
- Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D. magna cum laude
- University of Valley Forge, B.A. summa cum laude
- As a law clerk to the Honorable Mary Grace O’Brien, researched issues of state criminal law and federal Constitutional law on appeal to the Court of Appeals of Virginia.
- As an intern at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for Augusta County, Virginia, tried misdemeanor cases in General District Court, tried a felony solicitation case in Circuit Court, drafted motions, negotiated plea deals with defense counsel, and argued at bond hearings.
- As an intern at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, assisted in the defense of civil suits against the United States and in the prosecution of a variety of federal crimes including narcotics trafficking, deprivation of civil rights under color of law, and bank, wire, and securities fraud.
- Member, Virginia State Bar (2020-Present)
- Judge, National Black Law Students Association Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition (2021)
- Judge, National Moot Court Competition, Region 3 (2020)
- Appellate Advocacy Competition Chair, Moot Court Executive Board, Washington and Lee University School of Law (2019-2020)
- Member, National Black Law Students Association (2018-2020)
- Member, American Bar Association, Law Students Division (2018-2020)
- Virginia Bar
- Runner-Up and Best Petitioner Brief Award, National Black Law Students Association Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition (2020)
- Runner-Up, Mediation Competition, Washington and Lee University School of Law (2019)
- Finalist for Best Oralist, John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition (2018)