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Bar Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
Georgia Supreme Court 
Georgia Court of Appeals

Education

J.D., Georgia State University College of Law
B.A., Georgia State University – Journalism

Jessica J. Wood, Principal

Jessica Wood is one of the top 100 Super Lawyers™ in Georgia.  She has won all of her trials, including two directed verdicts.  However, most cases do not go to trial: clients need to control costs, outcome, and the time expenditure of key executives.  Jessica is known for achieving outstanding results for her clients without going to trial, including pre-suit resolutions, summary judgment dismissals after suit is filed, and defense settlements for no payment.  Her practice areas include breach of fiduciary duty, contracts, employment, fraud, tortious interference with business relations, and trade secrets.

Jessica is active in the legal community.  She serves on the Atlanta Bar Association’s Board of Directors and on advisory boards for Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. and Good Thinking, Inc., a non-profit that creates communications strategies for other non-profits.  She created Water Cooler Office Hours, an innovative mentoring program that allows law students to find role models and champions in an informal environment.   In addition, Jessica is a frequent lecturer at law schools and continuing legal education classes for attorneys on a wide range of topics, including contract drafting, mindfulness in the practice of law, networking, pro bono work, and trial techniques.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Anti-Defamation League (Jurisprudence Committee)
Atlanta Bar Association (Board; Member, International Law Section, Litigation Section, Wellness Committee)
Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. (Advisory Board)
Bleckley Inn of Court (Master)
Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (Member)
Georgia Latino Law Foundation (Mentor)
Good Thinking, Inc. (Advisory Board)
Lawyers Club (Member)
South Asian Bar Association of Georgia (Member)
State Bar of Georgia (Wellness Continuing Legal Education Subcommittee)

Presentations and Publications

Bar Leadership – Georgia Latino Law Foundation
Business Prenup: What to Do Before You Start a Company (co-authored with Mark Zyla)
Closing Arguments – Trial Skills Seminar
Creating Your Own Personal Brand: A View from the Partnership – Leader Within Panel
Executive Presence – Georgia Latino Law Foundation
Integrating Community Service and Pro Bono Work Into Your Practice – Leader Within Panel
Leave Policies that Work for the Firm and the Lawyer: Doing Well and Being Well in the Law – Presentation
Mentoring – GAWL Leadership Academy
Mindfulness: An Essential Skill for a New Generation of Attorneys – Georgia State University College of Law Panel
Networking – Atlanta Bar Association Developing Lawyer Series
Women in Law: Making Rain, Climbing the Ladder and Forging Your Path – Daily Report Panel

Awards and Honors

10 rating by Avvo (highest rating available)
AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating available)
Commitment to Equality Award, State Bar of Georgia (2012)
Distinguished Service Award, Atlanta Bar Association (2014)
Georgia Super Lawyers (2006-2019)
Kathleen Kessler Award, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (2012)
Legal Elite, Georgia Trend Magazine (2007-2014)
Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award, Atlanta Bar Association (2011)
President’s Award, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (2009)
Professionalism Award, Atlanta Bar Association (2018)
Top 100 Super Lawyers, Georgia Super Lawyers (2012-2019)
Top 50 Women, Georgia Super Lawyers (2011-2019)
Trailblazer Award, Georgia Latino Law Foundation (2018)
Visionary Award, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (2007)
Volunteer Award, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (2004)
Volunteer of the Year, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. (2017)

Representative Cases

Secured denial of temporary restraining order for Defendant, a design company, in a breach of contract and Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act action in which Plaintiff sought unspecified damages.
Secured dismissal with prejudice on behalf of Defendant, a preschool, in a wrongful termination action in which Plaintiff sought unspecified damage.
Secured dismissal with prejudice with favorable settlement terms on behalf of Defendant, an enterprise resource planning company, in a breach of commission action in which Plaintiff sought unspecified damages.
Secured dismissal with prejudice with favorable settlement terms on behalf of Defendant, a company officer, in a fraud action in which Plaintiff sought unspecified punitive damage.
Secured order granting motion for temporary restraining order and injunction on behalf of Plaintiff, a law firm, in an action involving a former employee who was trespassing on Plaintiff’s property.