Jessica M. Mickelsen focuses her practice in commercial litigation and business and insolvency matters. She regularly represents creditors in bankruptcy, including financial institutions and asset managers, federal receivers of failed institutions, business owners, commercial landlords, and secured and unsecured creditors. Jessica also has served as special counsel to Chapter 11 trustees and general counsel to debtors-in-possession. Her work involves, but is not limited to: pre-petition litigation in state and federal court; post-petition motions practice; negotiation and litigation of bankruptcy claims; objections to disclosure statements and plans; negotiation of consensual bankruptcy plans and Section 363 sales; working out settlements in bankruptcy; and representing clients in complex litigation throughout all stages of adversary proceedings and in matters on appeal.
Jessica served as a law clerk to the Honorable David Alan Ezra, Chief Judge of the US District Court for the District of Hawaii, from 2006 to 2007. During that time, she assisted in writing opinions for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit when Judge Ezra sat by designation. She previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals from 2005 to 2006.
Jessica assists with the management of Katten's California Public Counsel Adoption Program, which provides the necessary legal work to finalize adoptions of children in foster care due to abuse or neglect. She also represents pro bono clients that Bet Tzedek legal services of Los Angeles refers to Katten.