Law & Mediation Office of Jessica Watson
Attorney at Law

Jessica Watson: My Resume

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

WATSON & LEE, San Francisco, California

Owner/Senior Partner, January 2009 - April 2011

LAW OFFICE OF JESSICA WATSON, San Francisco, California

Solo Practitioner, October 2005 - January 2009

HERSH FAMILYLAW PRACTICE, P.C., San Francisco, California

Associate, April 2005 - September 2005

General family law practice involving work on a variety of issues.

LELAND, PARACHINI, STEINBERG, MATZGER, & MELNICK, LLP, San Francisco, California

Associate, June 2003 - March 2005

General family law practice involving work on a variety of issues with a particular emphasis on child custody disputes. Primary experience in marital dissolutions, pre and post-marital agreements, child custody, and domestic violence. Duties included all aspects of case management including legal research, preparation and drafting legal documents, responsibility for filing initial and responsive papers, negotiating and drafting temporary and final agreements, characterization, valuation, and division of marital property, and preparation of complex support calculations. Daily contact with clients, self-represented parties, court personnel, and other professionals. Attended numerous court proceedings, including a long-cause hearing with witness testimony and cross-examination. Participated in all permissible pro bono opportunities.

LELAND, PARACHINI, STEINBERG, MATZGER, & MELNICK, LLP, San Francisco, California

Law Clerk, September 2000 - June 2003

Research and analysis of legal issues, drafting of memoranda, motions, and agreements for all family and other civil law matters.

BLEY & BLEY, San Francisco, California

Summer Associate, Summer 2000

General legal research and writing duties for family law matters. Drafted numerous motions and memoranda.

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PROTECTIVE & REGULATORY SERVICES, CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, Dallas, Texas

Investigator, November 1998 - August 1999

Investigated allegations of child abuse and made recommendations regarding child placement and rehabilitative family services.

COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES (CASA), Dallas, Texas

Child Advocate, May 1999 - October 1999

Appointed officer of the court assigned to child custody and dependency cases to evaluate and advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, HASTINGS COLLEGE OF THE LAW, San Francisco, California

Juris Doctorate, 2002

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS, Denton, Texas

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology 1997

Honors/Activities: Magna Cum Laude, Dean's Honor List, Golden Key National Honors Society, Psi Chi

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

State Bar of California, admitted June 2003

Bar Association of San Francisco

National Association of Counsel for Children

American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Adoption, Custody & Alternative Families Committee

Volunteer Legal Service Program, Family Law Section

Queen's Bench


Law & Mediation Office of Jessica Watson
Attorney at Law
291 Geary Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94102