Overview

Jessie Shields represents clients in white collar criminal matters, including state and federal investigations, and represents clients in complex civil litigation, including class actions, civil RICO actions, and antitrust litigation, among many others. Jessie assists clients with various stages of legal proceedings and trial preparation by conducting legal research and drafting legal memoranda, discovery requests and responses, motions, settlements, and briefs. Jessie also has considerable experience representing clients in connection with federal criminal sentencings.

Jessie is a contributor to the firm’s Enforcement Highlights blog, which provides reports, discussion, and analysis on noteworthy trends in enforcement and regulatory activity of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Jessie joined the firm after graduating from law school. From August 2017 through August 2018, Jessie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Christopher C. Conner for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Following her clerkship, Jessie rejoined Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP to work alongside her colleagues on behalf of the firm’s clients.

While in law school, Jessie served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Theodore A. McKee, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; a judicial intern for the Honorable Holly J. Ford of the Court of Common Pleas, Family Division; and a judicial intern for the Honorable Robert B. Kugler, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Jessie’s Comment, “On the Subject of Partial Verdicts: A Series of Practical Questions Answered for District Court Judges,” was published in the Temple Law Review. By summarizing existing case law and offering a practical guide of best practices, her Comment seeks to advise district court judges on the appropriateness of issuing partial verdict instructions and receiving partial verdicts.

Prior to attending law school, Jessie participated in Teach for America and taught high school history in Philadelphia, PA.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
New York

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Education

Temple University Beasley School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Temple Law Review - Research Editor (2016)

University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
M.S. in Urban Education (2011)

Vassar College
B.A. (2009)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Jessie maintains an active pro bono practice. In 2019, she represented an incarcerated individual in an excessive force action against a correction officer that resulted in a favorable settlement. Also in 2019, Jessie represented a survivor of sexual abuse in a case involving a petition to terminate the parental rights of her abuser — the biological father of her children. The appellate court overturned the trial court’s denial and granted the survivor’s petition.

Professional Associations

  • The Temple American Inn of Court
  • Temple Law Alumni Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Associate Subcommittee of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Large Firm Management Committee

Firm Leadership

  • Summer Associate Host, 2019

Honors

  • Temple University Beasley School of Law — Faculty Award for Academic Achievement 
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law — Ethan Allen Doty Award
 
Awards Methodology
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