Jessica McKeegan Jensen brings mind and heart to her practice of law.
With almost 40 years of experience as an attorney and paralegal, Jess is knowledgeable in more than just one narrow aspect of the law. Her practice focuses on business, real estate, land use, estate planning, and probate because these areas so often intersect. She also assists clients with business succession planning, buying or selling a business, and business dissolutions. Her family law practice is limited to matters where both parties are committed to resolving their financial and parenting issues out of court.
Jess worked in law firms as an attorney, law clerk, and paralegal for 17 years in Maine and Vermont before relocating to Washington in 1995. She worked as the Contracts Administrator for the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services from 1996-2000 and as a Real Estate Services Manager for the State of Washington Department of Transportation from 2000-2003. She launched the firm in 2003.
Jessica is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law (1992), University of Vermont (B.A. Economics 1989) and Woodbury College (Certificate in Paralegal Studies 1982). She is licensed to practice law in Washington and Maine. Jess has been the lead instructor in the University of Washington’s postgraduate Contract Management certificate program since 2007 and taught for many years in the University of Washington’s post-graduate Paralegal Certificate program and Central Washington University’s Undergraduate pre-law program. She is a frequent speaker at business, real estate, and legal seminars.
Jessica serves on the Board of the Thurston County Economic Development Council and is Past Chair of the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce Board. She is Vice President of the Center for Business and Innovation and the West Olympia Business Association. Jess is counsel for a variety of nonprofits including South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust, Thurston Climate Action Team, Thurston Housing Land Trust, and Veterans’ Ecological Trades Collective.
You’ll often find Jess singing or playing acoustic Celtic or Classic Rock music with her partner Mark and other music friends in one of the area’s farmer's markets, pubs or wine bars with her high-energy Celtic band Curlew’s Call or Classic Rock trio Humor & Heart. She has played for the last 15 years with one of the Northwest’s most beloved folk musicians, Hank Cramer. Jess performs regularly throughout the Northwest and at special events around the US and Canada and appears on several CDs. She loves hiking, camping, biking, and contra dancing. She’s been an organic gardener since she was 19 and raised chickens and ducks for over 20 years. Jess has two stepsons and 4 grandkids in Vermont.