Jessica is a Washington, D.C. native committed to serving her community through her legal practice and philanthropy. At Ornsby Dozier LLP, Jessica advises clients in family law, landlord-tenant, business and contract matters, and strives to accomplish her clients’ goals through proactive and creative problem-solving. Jessica prides herself on being a responsive and effective advocate for each of her clients.
Prior to founding Ornsby Dozier LLP, Jessica worked as a tax associate at a large law firm based in Washington, D.C., where she litigated complex tax matters and advised large companies on the tax implications of various transactions. Jessica also litigated family law matters on a pro bono basis at her prior firm, which sparked her interest in litigating family matters full time. During law school, Jessica gained valuable experience as a law clerk at the United States Department of Labor where she issued opinions related to EEOC claims. At the United States Department of Justice, Jessica served as a legal intern within the Civil Frauds division, litigating multi-million dollar whistleblower claims. At the Eastern District of Virginia, Jessica served as a summer law clerk for the Honorable Anthony J. Trenga, drafting opinions on a variety of cases before the court. Jessica also clerked for Fay Law Group before joining as an associate, where she litigates a variety of matters, including civil rights, labor and employment and products liability.
In addition to her legal practice, Jessica has served as a tenant advocate for Rockville City Council’s Landlord Tenant Commission. Jessica also participates in various pro bono clinics including Maryland Volunteer Legal Services.
Jessica is a trained Mediator for domestic matters and offers co-parenting coaching for parents seeking to strengthen their parenting relationship.
Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy Fellow 2021-2022
National Blac Lawyers Association Top 40 under 40
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service Volunteer of the Year
American Bar Association GPSolo Magazine – Privacy in the Digital World
YFS Magazine – 15 Entrepreneurs Share The Worst Business Advice They’ve Heard
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IAMCEO – Founder Helps Individuals To Solve Legal Difficulties
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Michael and Mauritia Patcha Foundation Virtual Wellness Seminar
Goal Digger Workshop Panelist – Baltimore, MD
NBLSA 50th Annual Convention Panelist – Virginia Beach, VA
Advancing Latinas into Leadership Professional Development Seminar Panelist – Washington, DC
LL.M. in Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
B.M. in Vocal Music Education, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
In Maryland and the District of Columbia
Vanessa R. Dozier is an adept attorney who uses her passionate approach to help clients achieve the best possible results. Prior to working with Ornsby Dozier LLP, she founded the Law Office of Vanessa R. Dozier, LLC (LOVD) in 2017. Her speciality areas include Family Law (Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support), Bankruptcy (Chapter 7), and Personal Injury. She is most notable for earning the National Black Lawyers Association Top 40 under 40 and the Lawyers of Distinction awards. While law is his/her primary job function by day, Vanessa also enjoys reading, fitness and travel.
National Black Lawyers Association Top 40 under 40
Lawyers of Distinction
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