Jessica is a Southwold resident, Town Councillor and Trustee of the Suffolk Preservation Society.
She spent her early career at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York, where she served as First Assistant District Attorney, with oversight of 500 lawyers and 1000 support staff. There she developed innovative programmes to reduce violent crime and improve the delivery of justice to minority communities.
She moved to Southwold in 1987 with her two children and husband (a documentary film maker raised in Suffolk). In England, she developed an investigative legal practice, providing fact-finding and strategic advice for complex litigation involving organised crime, corruption and terrorism. At the request of Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith, she conducted a Review of the Serious Fraud Office (2008) and has worked in Guyana, Mozambique and Canada, helping to develop the capacity of police and prosecutors to investigate and prosecute complex crime.
Publications include ‘DEA: War Against Drugs’ (BBC Books) and ‘The U.S. Constitution and the Ethos of Prosecutorial Independence.’ (SMMP Portugal and U.S. State Department). Jessica is a member of the Bar of England and Wales (Inner Temple, Associate 6 KBW College Hill) and the New York State and Federal Bar. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Yale Law School.