Jessica is always prepared, organized and in tune with the changing law. Her passion for the law is perhaps most apparent when fervently providing informed legal advice and proactive solutions for business clients looking to work through an issue with an employee, reviewing a contract that may need reworking, or outlining options for a landlord who has a tenant that has stopped paying rent.
Jessica’s approach to her practice involves providing the right balance of appropriately aggressive advocacy clients desire and the practical advice they need. A trial attorney by training, Jessica draws upon years of experience in courtrooms, administrative hearings, depositions, and settlement negotiations and regularly litigates landlord-tenant matters, employment matters, and business disputes in both trial courts and courts of appeals.
Jessica’s practice currently focuses primarily on representing landlords, and in particular, Manufactured Housing Communities (MHCs) (sometimes called mobile home parks), throughout the state of Wisconsin. Landlords look to Jessica for her skill in navigating the layers of laws regulating how landlords operate, and they can rest assured she and her team will stay on top of legislative changes impacting the landlord-tenant relationship. Jessica provides landlords with comprehensive representation, including drafting and reviewing residential and commercial leases, advising on compliance and best practices, and pursuing eviction actions against tenants from start to finish. Jessica has handled over 400 evictions in over 20 counties throughout Wisconsin and prides herself on effectively navigating court procedures and rules which vary widely from county to county.
Jessica also defends landlords in actions filed against them, whether it be a claim for money filed by a former tenant, a fair housing or discrimination complaint filed with an administrative agency, a housing code violation, or a complaint before the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Jessica particularly enjoys walking landlords through their options in how to handle delicate tenant situations and protect the landlords’ rights while complying with applicable laws, in an effort to prevent litigation and save clients the money and headaches that often accompany protracted litigation.
As the Managing Partner of KEW, Jessica utilizes her leadership and organizational skills to ensure that the firm operates smoothly and productively. A supporter of legal education, Jessica presents regularly to attorneys and trade associations on landlord-tenant matters and teaches the landlord-tenant unit of the Lawyering Skills Course each spring at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
When not working, Jessica enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, fitness, getting outdoors, and living up to her “work hard, play hard” reputation by squeezing in travel when her caseload allows. A Wisconsin native, Jessica is an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers football and basketball teams, and the Milwaukee Brewers.
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Recent Appellate Successes