Jessica K. Velez concentrates her practice in construction law, focusing on premises liability and general negligence cases. In addition, Ms. Velez defends hospitals, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in all phases of medical malpractice litigation. Ms. Velez has extensive experience in all stages of litigation, including voir dire, motions in limine, cross and direct examination of fact witnesses, open and closing statements, and jury instructions. Ms. Velez has also tried a jury trial to verdict in favor of her client.
Prior to joining Johnson & Bell, Ms. Velez worked at a defense firm in Chicago, handling and managing cases that involved premises liability and construction defect issues. Ms. Velez earned her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. While in law school, she was a judicial extern for the Honorable Ruben Castillo in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Ms. Velez is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. In addition, Ms. Velez is a coach for the Chicago-Kent Trial Team and was a member of the trial team while in law school.