|Contact Info||Telephone: 215 979 1159|
Fax: 215 827 5486
|University ||Dickinson College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1999 Phi Beta Kappa; Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, M.A., 2005|
|Law School||Emory University School of Law, J.D., 2008 Notes and Comments Editor, Emory International Law Review|
Jessica Priselac is a trial lawyer who represents clients in a variety of complex disputes in federal and state courts. Ms. Priselac has significant experience representing venture capital and private equity firms in merger-related and breach of contract litigation. She has also successfully defended clients in a variety of class action disputes, most recently representing the Pennsylvania Treasury Department in defeating a putative class action brought by property owners who were seeking as much as $54 million from the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Priselac was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Nora Barry Fischer of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Priselac is a 2008 graduate of Emory University School of Law, where she was notes and comments editor for the Emory International Law Review. She is a graduate of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University (M.A.) and Dickinson College (B.A., magna cum laude), where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Priselac also attended Renmin University of China during her undergraduate studies and is conversant in Mandarin.
Ms. Priselac regularly represents women and children, pro bono, in political asylum, human trafficking, and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) cases. She is active in several community organizations, including the Philadelphia Reads program and the Spark mentoring program. Since 2012, she has served on the Executive Council of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. In 2013, she was named to the list of Pennsylvania Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2012-present
•Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC
- Associate, 2010-2012
•U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- Law Clerk to the Hon. Nora Barry Fischer, 2008-2009
Honors & Awards
•Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2014
•The State Action Requirement in Alien Tort Statute Claims: Does Sosa Matter? Emory International Law Review, Fall 2007
•Final Solutions: Mass Killing and Genocide in the 20th Century (Book Review), SAIS Review, Winter-Spring 2005
|Reported Cases||Representative Matters: Obtained dismissal after successfully arguing the opposition of the certification of a proposed 180,000 person consumer class action, which accused Kennedy Health System and its document processor of illegally overcharging patients millions of dollars for access to medical records. Won motion to dismiss for TD Bank in Florida State Court in a dispute brought by investors in a South Florida real estate company alleging violation of Florida's Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organization Act. Won motion to dismiss with prejudice for TD Bank in the Superior Court of New York, County of New York, in a dispute brought by a California based private equity firm concerning an $87.9 million transaction under a complex Stock Purchase Agreement with an Indemnity Escrow Fund Agreement. Represented the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury in defeating a putative class action brought by property owners, who were seeking as much as $54 million from the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office in excess proceeds from property auctions. Won dismissal with prejudice of lender liability claims against TD Bank in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. DeMarco v. TD Bank, N.A. - won motion to dismiss for TD Bank in a lender liability suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Obtained through the Immigration IMPACT pro bono project lawful permanent residency for a domestic violence survivor, originally from Haiti, under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).|
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