Jocelyn focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation representing businesses in a variety of industries. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Jocelyn clerked for the Honorable Barbara A. Jackson at the North Carolina Supreme Court.
After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Jocelyn served on active duty in the Air Force for ten years. She served as a diversity recruiter in the USAFA Admissions Office and an intelligence officer. After law school, she served as a prosecutor and general practice attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. As a JAG, she also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Jocelyn tried seven criminal cases and conducted more than ten administrative hearings as a prosecutor.
In law school, Jocelyn was the president of the Broun National Trial Team and externed at the Wake County Public Defender’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
An active member in her community, Jocelyn currently serves as the president of the Capital City Lawyers Association and the second vice president of the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers. She also serves as a council member on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Military and Veterans Law Section and recently was named to RecruitMilitary’s Top 40 Under 40 List.
“Integrity, service, and excellence are not only three of the firm’s core values, but they are also the Air Force’s core values. As a 10-year veteran, these core values are already my way of life.”
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Named to North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2019, 2020
Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, 2021
Recipient, "Leaders in Diversity Award," Triangle Business Journal, 2020
Recipient, “Women in Business Award,” Triangle Business Journal, April 2020
Named to “40 Under 40: Nation’s Best Advocates," National Bar Association, 2020
Recipient, Diversity & Inclusion Award, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2019
Named to RecruitMilitary’s Top 40 Under 40 List, 2017
Member, SE Raleigh YMCA Advisory Board
Immediate Past President, Capital City Lawyers Association
Member, North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers
Member, Wake County Bar Association
Council Member, North Carolina Bar Association Military and Veterans Law Section
Member, Junior League of Raleigh
McGuireWoods Team Wins First Amendment Victory in North Carolina Supreme Court
June 23, 2021
Firm Sponsors Raleigh Chamber’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Conference 2020
September 4, 2020
Jocelyn Mitnaul Mallette Earns Leader in Diversity Honor from Triangle Business Journal
September 2, 2020
85 McGuireWoods Attorneys Recognized as ‘Ones to Watch’ By Best Lawyers
August 26, 2020