Jessica E. Morrison


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  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Member, The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics , 2001
  • Washington College, BA, Department Honors in Philosophy, magna cum laude, 1995
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Member, American Bar Association, 2001-present

Advisory Board Member, Georgetown University Corporate Counsel Institute

Member, Women’s Bar Association

Committee Chair, Women’s Bar Association 2013 Stars of the Bar Reception

Committee Member, Women’s Bar Association Annual Dinner

Pro Bono Co-partner, McGuireWoods Baltimore Office

Pro Bono Volunteer, D.C. Family Court Self Help Center

Pro Bono Volunteer, The D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project

Member, Epping Forest, Inc. Board

Jessi practices in the areas of government investigations and white collar and commercial litigation.

She regularly represents corporate and individual clients in government and internal audits and investigations both in the United States and around the world. Her experience includes defending clients in investigations and enforcement actions by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Election Commission and various state agencies.

As an experienced litigator, Jessi has first- and second-chaired bench and jury trials and has written and argued a variety of motions and appeals in state and federal courts. She has worked on multiple class actions and regularly manages substantial e-discovery projects. In addition, Jessi has experience helping clients navigate EU data privacy laws regulating cross-border transfers of data.

Jessi has spoken on a range of topics, including most recently: managing cyber risks, preparing for and preventing data breach, and navigating investigations under Section 10A of the Securities and Exchange Act. She also previously led McGuireWoods’ data privacy blog Password Protected, which provides timely updates on news and trends in the data privacy and security arena.

Jessi is in the McGuireWoods Washington, D.C. office and serves as its pro bono co-partner, and co-chair of the Women's Legal Network.

Jessica E Morrison
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Representation of a Big Four accounting firm in multiple investigations by the SEC and the PCAOB.

Representation of a Big Four accounting firm in multiple class actions.

Managed large-scale internal investigation of a European bank in connection with inquiries by the Department of the Treasury.

Obtained summary judgment for a global financial services company in civil action where over $100 million in damages were sought.

Representation of a global financial services company in multiple consumer financial class action lawsuits.

Representation of national provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery services in investigation by the Maryland Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors concerning handling of human remains.

Managed investigation and audit of credit card collection law firms on behalf of national bank.

Co-presenter, "Managing Cyber Risks & BYOD- Why High Tech is High Risk," NJCCA Conference, September 2013
Panelist, "Why Women Don’t Ask: The Challenges of Promotion," Georgetown University Law Center Women’s Forum, June 2013