Jessica now advises on federal litigation, insurance claims, ship arrests and maritime liens, and the international carriage of goods for prestigious law firms, leading ocean carriers, and high-profile insurers—and, because maritime issues are largely governed by federal law, she can serve clients nationwide.
Not only is Jessica well-versed in many facets of maritime law, from recreational boating liability to ship arrests, but she has also established herself as a leader amongst maritime lawyers. Jessica has spoken at the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute’s (SEALI) annual conference, served as Chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s (TIPS) Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee (AMLC), and is the current Secretary of the Maritime Law Association’s (MLA) International Organizations, Conventions, and Standards Committee as well as serving on the MLA’s Committee for Proctor Admissions. Her writing has appeared in the ABA TIPS Law Journal and AMLC’s newsletter and she has spoken, chaired and moderated conferences and programs for the American Conference Institute, AMLC, SEALI, and others.
Jessica’s deep knowledge of the practice of maritime law can be attributed to the fact that it has been her sole focus since she attended law school at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Inspired by her pre-law school work as a Special Agent with the Department of Defense, Jessica developed an interest in national security law, which led to several law school internships with the Department of Justice, each of which involved maritime work. From that point forward, she was intrigued by the finer points of maritime law and knew she wanted to pursue it exclusively.
Jessica first landed at the Norfolk, VA offices of Troutman Sanders, a large national firm that had, at the time, a robust maritime law department, where her passion for the complexities of maritime law was solidified. She found few things more compelling than the critical and fundamental questions posed by the practice, in terms of international law and relationships, national security implications, and more. After leaving Troutman and Virginia when her husband began graduate studies at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Jessica continued her career in maritime law and honed her skills with Palmer Biezup Henderson, a Philadelphia-based firm that acts as the designated local correspondent for the world’s leading Protection and Indemnity Insurance Associations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.
When at Palmer, Jessica began to detect the need in the maritime law market she now seeks to fill through Link Martyn. A resident of Philadelphia, Jessica enjoys visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art and catching up with friends at Philadelphia’s excellent restaurants and drinking establishments, when she isn’t absorbed by the complicated and interesting nuances of maritime law and managing a distinctive law practice, or spending time with her husband and their three children.