Jess counsels local and national real estate developers, investors, homebuilders, landlords, and tenants in retail, industrial, ground, hotel, office, and mixed-use acquisitions, dispositions, development projects, leases, and financing transactions.
Jess represents both borrowers and lenders in the negotiation, documentation, and closing of loans to finance real estate acquisitions, dispositions, predevelopment work, construction projects, and corporate restructures and handles the acquisition, disposition, and financing of large commercial real estate portfolios – some comprising more than 100 assets – on behalf of lenders, borrowers, sellers, and buyers.
After graduating from law school, Jess clerked for the Honorable Theodore R. Eschenburg and the Honorable Thomas C. Groton III in the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland. Prior to joining Arent Fox, Jess worked in a Maryland-based law firm where she focused her practice on commercial lending and real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and finance.
Jess earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with majors in Economics and Political Science, and her J.D. from Emory University School of Law, where she graduated with a Certificate in Transactional Law and was a member of the Moot Court Society.
Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) DC