Seattle attorney Jessica M. Erickson is a compassionate and determined trial lawyer, dedicated to helping businesses and individuals who have been injured or victimized by others. She focuses her practice in the area of complex litigation, representing, among others, victims of childhood sexual abuse against entities such as the Catholic Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the State of Washington, and the Boy Scouts of America. In 2012, she worked with Mike, Darrell, and Jason to obtain an $8 million jury verdict against the Catholic Church, which is believed to be the largest verdict of its kind in Washington history.
Born in Seattle and raised in Olympia, Jes is proud of her Northwest roots. After graduating with honors from Central Washington University with a double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies and Law & Justice, and living abroad for a handful of years, Jes attended Seattle University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. While at Seattle University, Jes was involved in Law Review, serving as Executive Editor for Lead Articles. Her published article, Making Live and Letting Die: The Biopolitical Effect of Navajo Nation v. U.S. Forest Service, 33 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 463 (2010), combines her passion for philosophical and religious dialogue with her interest in the First Amendment and the effects of law on culture and society. As a research assistant, she also co-authored multiple articles and book chapters on topics such as affirmative action and non-traditional family formation.
Jes is a member of the Washington State Association for Justice and Washington Women Lawyers, and is actively involved in her West Seattle community. In 2012, Jes received the Distinguished Alumni Award for the Department of Philosophy at Central Washington University, and has since sat on the Advisory Board for CWU’s College of Arts and Humanities. In her pro bono practice, Jes represents low-income clients in domestic cases where children are at risk as a result of domestic violence, child abuse, or substance abuse.
When she has a moment to herself, Jes can usually be found with her nose in a book, wandering in the mountains, or sailing on the Sound.
- Seattle University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010
- Central Washington University, B.A., cum laude, 2003
- United States District Court, Western District of Washington
- Washington State Association for Justice
- American Association for Justice
- King County Washington Women Lawyers
- King County Bar Association
- King County Young Lawyers Division
- WSAJ Trial News Editorial Board, Member
- Seattle University Law Review, Executive Editor of Lead Articles, 2009-2010
- CWU College of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board, Member
- YLD Community Involvement Committee