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With over 20 years of commercial real estate experience, Jessica has represented clients on a variety of real estate needs including  leasing, acquisitions and sales, and financing.  Serving as in-house counsel for a large commercial landlord and developer, Jessica has gained a unique perspective which allows her to effectively and efficiently help clients with their commercial real estate needs.


Jessica’s practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate.  She started her legal career in-house with a large commercial developer and landlord where she experienced a broad range of commercial real estate matters and gained a vast knowledge of commercial leasing.  Jessica has negotiated commercial leases for retail, office, and industrial/warehouse space, ranging anywhere between 1,000 square feet to over 150,000 square feet.

In addition to commercial leasing, Jessica has represented a broad range of clients, both sellers and buyers on the purchase and sale of raw land and commercial buildings.  Jessica has also represented both non-profit and for profit clients on both traditional and non-traditional real estate financing, including bond financing.

When not working, Jessica can be found spending time with her family or running the local greenways.




  • University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 2000
  • Miami University, B.A. in Political Science, 1997

Admitted to Practice:

  • Ohio, 2000 (Inactive)
  • North Carolina, 2002

Prior Experience

  • The Jack Parker Corporation
  • BPG Management Company- NC
  • Weatherspoon & Voltz
  • Forrest Firm

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • North Carolina Bar Association Member
  • Wake County Bar Association Member
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America  for Real Estate Law (since 2021)


Community Engagement

  • Adams Elementary School PTA; Chair of Cultural Arts Committee (2014- 2016)

Representative Transactions

  • On behalf of landlord, negotiated a warehouse lease for over 120,000 square feet with national tenant.
  • Negotiated leases on behalf of landlords and tenants for retail, industrial/warehouse and office building.
  • Represented multiple non-profit corporations in over $30,000,000 of bond financing.
  • Represented client in a re-finance package of over $35,000,000 using multiple buildings as collateral.
  • Assisted in the sale of a real estate portfolio of $250,000,000 containing over 4 million square feet of space.

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