Jessica T. Ornsby, LL.M.

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Jessica T. Ornsby, LL.M., Esq.


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 Black Lawyers Association
  • Top 40 under 40
  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction

Speaking Engagements

  • One on One with Courtney Starks
  • April 27, 2024
  • The StepFamily Blended with Love Conference Panelist
  • March 2, 2024
  • October 20-22: The Working Moms Conference Panelist (Managing conflict at work and at home)
  • Sept 18 2023 – Zoom seminar on how to handle property when facing divorce
  • Sept 9, 2023 – NuMomish Conference (How to navigate coparenting issues in marriage, relationships and situationships)
  • Black Family Building Brunch (spoke on legal implications of alternative paths to parenting)
  • June 25, 2023
  • The Bianca Bee Show (spoke on entrepreneurship)
  • June 4, 2023
  • Miss Melanated Podcast Black in Business Panel (spoke on entrepreneurship and overcoming obstacles as a black business owner)
  • June 3, 2023
  • Embassy YPN Networking Social
  • April 27, 2023
  • MDIC Podcast – (spoke on Motherhood in entrepreneurship)
  • February 20, 2023
  • Ladies T.A.L.K. Women in Leadership Conference (spoke on conflict resolution in business and leadership.)
  • Nov. 12, 2022
  • 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
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