Jessica Butkera is an experienced trial attorney who focuses her practice on general liability, product liability and toxic tort matters. She represents a wide range of clients across various industries including property management, hospitality, retail, amusement parks, stadiums, construction, automobile, and trucking.

Jessica litigates complex lawsuits in the state and federal courtrooms of Maryland and the District of Columbia, offering clients the myriad benefits associated with her broad perspective and numerous bench and jury trial accomplishments. Jessica has extensive experience in all phases of litigation and works with clients from the claim stage and onset of litigation through trial or settlement, coordinating their legal strategy, personally overseeing site and product inspections, and managing all aspects of discovery, motions, mediation, and trial.

After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she won the 2007 National Championship of law school mock trial competitions and served as an editor of the Maryland Law Review, Jessica clerked for the Hon. Audrey J.S. Carrion in the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, Maryland. She is actively involved in a number of legal and professional organizations, including the Maryland State Bar Association, Bar Association of Baltimore City, and District of Columbia Bar, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Baltimore Bar Foundation. Jessica maintains an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Rising Star by Maryland Super Lawyers every year since 2013. The National Trial Lawyers selected Jessica for its Top 40 Under 40 list in 2016.

Representative Matters
  • Following a one-week trial, successfully obtaining a defense verdict for a restaurant in a premises liability matter.
  • Obtaining dismissal of a civil lawsuit brought against a water and wastewater utility company.
  • Successfully obtaining a defense verdict for a local, professional sports team in a premises liability case.
  • Following a one-week trial, successfully obtaining a defense verdict for a hospital in a medical-malpractice emergency medicine and abdominal surgery matter.
  • Successfully obtaining a defense verdict for a hospital in a medical-malpractice informed consent case.
  • Obtaining summary judgment in an automobile accident defense matter.
  • Securing a directed verdict on behalf of an insured driver in a multi-vehicle collision.
  • Recovering a client’s defense costs and fees after successfully utilizing a Rule 68 Offer of Judgment.
  • Securing a dismissal in a medical malpractice case on the basis that the Plaintiff had not complied with the Health Claims statute by first filing in the Health Claims Alternative Dispute Resolution Office (HCADRO).
Honors
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • AVVO Rating: 10 Superb
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2016
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2013–19
  • America's Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® for Maryland, 2018
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for Maryland, 2018
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA) “10 Best Female Attorneys” for Maryland, 2016
Professional Affiliations
  • Baltimore Bar Foundation, Inc., Board of Trustees, 2016 to present
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City: Communications and News Journal Committee, 2015 to present; Personal Injury Litigation Committee, 2013 to present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Inc.
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc.
  • National Association of Professional Women
Community Involvement
  • Delta Gamma Baltimore Alumnae Association
  • Delta Gamma Fraternity
  • Delta Gamma Foundation
  • University of Maryland School of Law National Trial Team
  • Canton Community Association
  • Alzheimer’s Association
Admitted to Practice
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Education
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 2007
  • The George Washington University, B.A., cum laude, 2002
Publications
  • "FDA Focuses on Youth E-Cigarette Use as Juul Comes Under Fire in Civil Litigation," DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Newsletter, Vol. 21, Issue 3, 2018
  • "Evidence Must Show What is Fact and What is Just Opinion" (Co-Author), American Bar Association Mass Torts Litigation Practice Point, September 4, 2018
  • "Taking and Defending Corporate Representative Depositions: A Primer" The Maryland Litigator, June 2018
  • "When the Vapors Clear — Potential Toxic Tort Litigation from E-Cigarettes," The Baltimore Barrister, May 2017 (updated and republished in the American Bar Association Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Newsletter, Winter 2018; and the DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Newsletter, Vol. 20, Issue 3, Fall 2017)
  • "Maryland Employers Lose Again: The Maryland Court of Appeals’ Interpretations of the Workers Compensation Act and Other Relevant Statutes," Maryland Law Review, 2006
Presentations
  • "Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law," National Business Institute, Timonium, MD, September 27, 2018
  • Panelist, The University of Maryland School of Law, Judicial Clerkship Panel, 2011, 2013
  • Panelist, The University of Maryland School of Law, Small Firm Panel, 2009