Meet Jessica Coffin! Jessica graduated from USC Law in 2008. She began her career in litigation at Snell & Wilmer in Orange County, focusing primarily on product liability. From there, Jessica embarked on the nomadic life of a military spouse and was unsure of how to maintain her legal career. Since marrying her husband, a Navy JAG, Jessica has lived in Guam, California, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and back to Rhode Island where she currently lives with her husband and two young children. As a freelance attorney, Jessica is able to maintain her career while moving regularly with her family.
I honestly do not know if I would have a legal career if it wasn’t for Montage. I am able to be with and support my husband as he supports our country, but I’m also able to work wherever the Navy sends us. Freelancing with Montage for the past 7 years has provided me with flexibility, opportunities, fulfillment, and balance that I did not know was possible.
Jessica Coffin, freelancing since 2012.
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Jessica Coffin graduated cum laude from Westmont College in 2005 with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California, School of Law in 2008, where she was actively involved in the Public Interest Law Foundation and served as Senior Editor for the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal.
Jessica began her legal career as an associate in the Orange County office of Snell & Wilmer where she focused on product liability, medical malpractice, and consumer product safety and regulatory compliance. During her time at Snell, Jessica regularly propounded and responded to discovery, took many depositions, prepared dispositive motions on a regular basis, argued motions, worked on numerous complex cases, and prepared multiple cases for trial. Jessica also second chaired a trial for a breach of warranty claim against a manufacturer. Additionally, while at Snell, Jessica co-authored an article for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and was named a Rising Star by Southern California Super Lawyers® for 2010 and 2011. She was also an active participant in the Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation Peer Court as an attorney advisor.
Following her time at Snell & Wilmer, Jessica relocated to the U.S. territory of Guam to be with her new husband who was stationed there in his position as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) with the United States Navy. During her short time on Guam, Jessica interned with the Superior Court of Guam’s Family Violence Court. She assisted the Family Violence Court Coordinator in developing protocol to effectively monitor the program’s effectiveness and recidivism rates, and prepared informational materials for the Family Violence Court Diversion Program participants and their family members.
In 2014, Jessica was quoted in a Forbes article, “How Two Stay-at-Home Moms are Changing the Legal Industry,” and has been able to continue to practice law after moving to various states:
Jessica Coffin, a graduate from the University of Southern California Law School, was an associate at Snell and Wilmer in Orange County, Calif., before she became a freelance attorney with Montage in 2012. Coffin says she could not imagine a better way to practice law. “We are doing real substantive work for an hourly rate that is usually in line with our training and practice, “ says Coffin.
She reached out to Montage as a path to help her continue practicing law and follow her husband, who is in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. “We also have a five-month old son, so I feel extra fortunate that I can work from home while taking care of him,” says Coffin.” Other attorneys like Coffin who are mothers, fathers, military spouses or just looking for an alternative mode of practicing law now have the chance to work for law firms with flexibility through Montage, according to Coffin.
Jessica joined Montage Legal Group in 2012, and continues to practice law as a freelance attorney in Rhode Island.