“No two legal issues are the same. Each one is a puzzle, and I enjoy the challenge of engaging with the problem and finding the solution that is the best fit for my client.”

Jessica Summers

Principal (She/Her)

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Jessica Summers is a Principal in the firm’s Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Retirement Plans, Litigation and Government Relations practice groups. Jessica works with companies and organizations on a wide range of matters, including establishing and implementing effective employment policies, drafting employment agreements, maintaining employee benefit plans, addressing corporate planning issues and monitoring and advising clients on legislative and regulatory developments of import to them.

As an all-purpose business attorney with experience across several practice areas, Jessica has a comprehensive understanding of the legal and business needs of her clients and uses a common sense approach to finding solutions. In looking out for her clients’ best interests, Jessica remains readily accessible and uses cost effective ways of identifying concerns that they might not have thought of.

Prior to joining Paley Rothman, Jessica was a law clerk at the firm. A cum laude graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law, she served as Topics and Trends Manager on the Administrative Law Review. As a law student, she was admitted to practice and represented low-income clients through the school’s General Practice Clinic. Jessica also interned in the chambers of the Honorable Judge Joan Zeldon in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Bar Admissions
  • Maryland

  • District of Columbia

  • Virginia

  • United States Supreme Court

  • J.D., Cum Laude, American University, Washington College of Law, 2012

  • B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Wheaton College (MA), 2008

Accolades & Awards
  • Maryland Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" (2017-2023)

  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" (2017-2020)

  • Best Law Firms – U.S. News & Best Lawyers (2013-2023)
         - Tier 2 National Ranking for Litigation - Labor & Employment
         - Tier 2 National Ranking for Employment Law - Management
         - Tier 1 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Litigation - Labor & Employment
         - Tier 1 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Employment Law - Management

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Civic & Community Involvement
  • Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association
           -Member, Board of Directors (2022-Present) 

  • Society for Human Resource Management

  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce

  • Bar Association of Montgomery County

  • Maryland State Bar Association

  • Virginia State Bar Association

  • District of Columbia Bar

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