Jessica A. Blanton

Associate

Jessica Blanton represents clients on commercial litigation matters. Jessica’s experience includes drafting briefs, motions, discovery requests, and pleadings; preparing witnesses for depositions; conducting legal research; and leading settlement discussions. Prior to joining Venable, she was an intellectual property litigation associate at an international law firm. Jessica also has a broad range of experience in family and immigration law. Her experience includes serving as a Her Justice extern, where she represented low-income women in divorce, custody, and order of protection cases in Supreme Court and Family Court in Queens and Brooklyn.

She has worked on pro bono immigration matters with City Bar Justice, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), and Disability Rights Advocates (DRA).

Before practicing law, Jessica worked at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where she performed legal research on the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts and Practices (UDAAP) and conducted financial analysis to support enforcement case work.

Experience

Government Experience

  • Director’s financial analyst, Enforcement and Supervision Divisions, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. Harvard Law School 2018
    • Dean’s Scholar Prize for Legal Research and Writing
    • Intern, Legal Aid of Manasota
    • Clinical student, Harvard Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
    • Legal intern, Civil Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York
  • B.A. Economics with Distinction cum laude Yale University 2013

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Served as a full-time Her Justice extern representing low-income women in divorce, custody, and order of protection cases
  • Drafted a motion for emergency preliminary injunction and supplemental briefings in a class action case against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) representing immigrant detainees with COVID-19 risk factors
  • Secured T visa status for an undocumented victim of sex trafficking
  • Represented a former Satmar Hasidic member in a child financial support case