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Jessica Savoie is a seasoned litigator whose practice centers on civil-rights and all kinds of discrimination claims. Savoie previously worked at a New Orleans civil-defense firm, where she practiced in the areas of personal-injury defense, appellate advocacy, natural-gas/liquid-propane-and-utility defense, and products liability. Savoie brings to her individual clients keen insight into how defendants, their counsel, and their insurers analyze liability and evaluate damages.
As an attorney familiar with case life cycles from initial investigation through trial or appeal, Savoie advises clients on big-picture litigation strategy, and the finer details of each case. As an experienced trial lawyer—experience that includes two trials resulting in jury verdicts for her clients—Savoie knows how to prepare every case as if it will go to trial. She has extensive experience developing a favorable factual record through discovery while preserving evidence in admissible form. Besides propounding targeted written discovery and analyzing medical records and other complex documents, she is adept at taking and defending fact and expert depositions to address contentious issues like injury causation. She has deposed police officers, experts in accident reconstruction, engineers, economists, accountants, and physicians, including surgeons and other specialists. Beyond providing material for witness impeachment at trial, these depositions have often been the basis of successful motions resulting in cases being dismissed, or successful settlement negotiation.
As a zealous advocate at every stage of litigation, Savoie maintains a busy motion practice, including frequent dispositive motions, Daubert motions, and pretrial evidentiary motions. She has won summary-judgment dismissal of multiple cases and successfully defended those judgments on appeal. Her practice has included a significant volume of appellate briefing and oral argument before state appeals courts.
Recognizing that most cases do not reach trial or appeal, Savoie is skilled at leveraging the facts developed through discovery to negotiate settlements. This includes representing clients at mediations, where she ensures clients an opportunity to be heard, while working to resolve their matters.
Savoie completed her undergraduate education at Missouri State University, where she graduated with a B.A. in religious studies and classical antiquities, summa cum laude. She earned her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Ohio (admission pending—practice temporarily authorized pending admission under Gov. Bar. R. I, Section 19).
Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2010
Missouri State University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2007 (religious studies; classical antiquities)