A former engineer, Jessica has experience in claims litigation involving issues such as differing site conditions, time extensions, delay damages, defective specifications, constructive changes and numerous federal government contracts issues under the Federal Acquisition Regulations and relevant statutes. She also handles bid protests, including Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Hearing and Appeals size appeals and various construction transaction and project advice matters. She regularly appears, litigates and represents clients in various courts and boards of contract appeals, including the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals (MSBCA), the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA). Jessica also has experience with LEED design and SBA small-disadvantaged business and women-owned small business programs.
- Heard Construction, Inc. v. Waterfront Marine Construction Co., Infrastructure Contractors, Inc., Infrastructure and Industrial Constructors USA, LLC, Infrastructure and Industrial Contractors USA Holdings, Inc., Warren Clem Sutton a.k.a. Ken Sutton, John Randolph Sutton a.k.a. Randy Sutton, John Doe 1-10 and John Doe Entity 1-10 (Civil No: CL14-2757). Successfully secured dismissal of three out of four counts of the plaintiff’s first amended complaint, dismissal of the plaintiff’s motion for sanctions regarding a discovery order as well as denial of the plaintiff’s motion for a protective order on discovery information and denial of the plaintiff’s motion to strike the defendants’ answers.
- Costello Construction Co. of Maryland, Inc. v. City of Charlottesville, 97 F.Supp.3d 819 (2015). Successfully secured denial of a municipality’s motion to dismiss. The plaintiff sought breach of contract damages under the Virginia Public Procurement Act for the cumulative impacts related to defects in the plans and specifications and untimely RFI responses and breach of contract damages for failure to pay money previously awarded by the Vendor Appeals Board. Subsequently, successfully negotiated a settlement for the plaintiff.
- Appeal of Costello Construction Co. of Maryland, Inc., Vendor Appeals Board (2015). Recovery of interest and attorneys’ fees on damages that were previously awarded by the VAB but were not paid by the municipality.
- Kathy Fuller, et al. v. Republican Central Committee of Carroll County, Maryland (Case No. 06-C-15-068169). Represented the Republican Central Committee and secured dismissal of the petitioner’s case and lifting of the temporary restraining order.
Before Fox Rothschild
Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Jessica was a law clerk at Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP, supporting the firm's construction law and government contracts practices.
Prior to law school, Jessica worked as a project engineer, completing storm water and sanitary sewer design, grading plans, erosion and sediment control plans and pavement design. She spent time in the field as a resident engineer solving construction difficulties resulting from differing site conditions and overseeing test borings, concrete slump tests, compaction tests and pavement tests.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Jessica graduated from a dual degree program at American University, from which she received her J.D. in 2011 and her M.A. in International Development in May 2014.
Jessica lends her knowledge at seminars and programs, specifically on small business teaming arrangements.
Jessica also participates in a pro bono program that helps veterans appeal denials of disability benefits.
Federal Government Contracts & Procurement Blog
Jessica contributes to the Federal Government Contracts & Procurement blog, addressing current and future issues affecting federal contractors and procurement professionals in both the Washington, D.C., area and throughout the United States.
Honors & Awards
- Recipient, American Concrete Institute for Outstanding Concrete Design Award
- Included in a list of "Rising Stars" by Washington DC Super Lawyers (2016)