Jessica M. Mickelsen focuses her practice in commercial litigation and business and insolvency matters. She regularly represents creditors in bankruptcy, including financial institutions, federal receivers of failed banks, business owners and commercial landlords. Jessica also has served as special counsel to Chapter 11 trustees and Chapter 11 debtors-in-possession. Her work generally involves, but is not limited to: preparing, negotiating and litigating bankruptcy claims; motion practice; negotiating consensual bankruptcy plans and engaging in confirmation battles; negotiating sales and 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 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. While in law school, Jessica served as an extern for the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division's National Criminal Enforcement Section, was a member of the Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, and participated in the Intellectual Property Law Clinic. She received the Outstanding Student Leader Award while earning her undergraduate degree.
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 has represented pro bono clients that Bet Tzedek legal services of Los Angeles has referred to Katten.