With more than a decade of legal experience, including eight years working in criminal law, Jessica is a driven and supportive professional with a wealth of expertise. Her previous roles include Senior Federal Prosecutor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, where she developed valuable knowledge across areas including drugs, child pornography, online grooming, money laundering and assaults.
Jessica has established a reputation for achieving fair, cost-effective results through active negotiation. With a quietly confident approach, she effectively supports her clients through potentially stressful life experiences. A motivated and skilled in-court advocate, she has extensive experience conducting contested hearings in the Local, District and Supreme Courts.
She has instructed in the trial and long-running re-trial of a major drug importation case involving one of the largest drug seizures in Australia. In 2011 she travelled to Afghanistan to negotiate agreements with the United States government to deploy Australian solicitors to the United States military base at Bagram. The Australians who have been deployed since then provide training and support to Afghan solicitors conducting criminal trials.
Outside of work, she enjoys salsa dancing and is a keen home cook. Being fairly new to the Taree area, she loves exploring the surrounding beaches and hinterland or browsing for local offerings at the farmers’ markets. In recent years, she has been actively involved in the YWCA’s Big Brother Big Sister Program and with her relocation to Taree, is looking forward to discovering new opportunities to get involved in her local community.