Jessica works closely with individuals, families and business owners to achieve their personal and financial estate planning goals.

Her ability to connect with clients on a personal level while explaining complex issues in a way that her clients can understand sets her apart from other estate planning attorneys. She focuses on wealth transfer, estate tax minimization, asset protection for clients and their descendants, and trust and probate administration.

Jessica understands how difficult and emotional the estate planning process can be. Her experience as a sophisticated estate planning attorney and C.P.A., coupled with her welcoming personality, are the reasons why her clients are so impressed with both her work product and how comfortable she makes her clients feel. Jessica takes great pride in the faith her clients place in her with their most important and personal estate planning needs.

Prior to practicing law, Jessica completed her C.P.A. and worked as a Tax Consultant at Deloitte in Minneapolis.




  • University of North Dakota School of Law, J.D., 2008, with distinction
  • Northern State University, B.S. in Professional Accountancy, 2005


  • North Dakota, 2008
  • Minnesota, 2010


  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Chambers High Net Worth Guide, Private Wealth Law—Up and Coming, North Dakota, 2017-2019, 2021, 2022
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2016
  • Certified Public Accountant (inactive)

Civic & Professional

Professional Activities

  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • Clay County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Assistance Council—Veterans, Pro Bono Attorney, 2013-present


  • Red River Estate Planning Council

News & Insights

Publications & Presentations

Author, "Unfortunately, During a Pandemic, Everyone Should Think About This: What You Need to Know About Your Parents' Estate Planning, Fargo Inc!, April 2022

Co-Presenter, Wills vs. Revocable Living Trusts, 2022 SBAND Destination CLE, Maui, HI February 14, 2022

Co-Presenter, Wealth Transfer Strategies in Today’s Environment, Western Dakota Estate Planning Council CLE, Bismarck, ND, October 20, 2020

Co-Presenter, Estate Planning in Today’s Environment, 2020 SBAND Destination CLE, Maui, HI, February 24, 2020

Author, “How You Can Take Advantage of Today’s Low Interest Rates for Wealth Transfer Purposes,” Fargo Inc!, December 2019

Presenter, 2019 SBAND Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Seminar, December 5, 2019

Co-Presenter, Strategies to Protect the Family Farm in a Changing World, Great Plains Land Expo, June 26, 2019

Presenter, How Does the New Tax Law Impact Estate Planning?, NALS of Fargo-Moorhead, May 8, 2018

Speaker, Estate Planning: What Everyone Needs to Know, Financial Planning Day, Fargo, ND, April 2018

Author, “What You Need to Know About Your Parents’ Estate Planning,” Area Woman, April 2018

Speaker, Income Tax Planning for Farmers, National Business Institute, Fargo, ND, March 2018

Author, Q & A on Estate Planning, Area Woman, October 2016

Speaker, Best Practices in Trusts and Estates Law, State Bar Association of North Dakota and Young Lawyers Section, October 2016

Speaker, What Matters Most 2016—For Trusts & Estates Professionals, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, MN, September 2016

Featured, The Women of Fredrikson & Byron Law Firm, Area Woman, June 2016

Quoted in “The Importance of Having a Will and Tips on Writing One,” Valley News Live, April 26, 2016

Speaker, Estate Planning Strategies for Farmers, Mostad Insurance Services, Langdon, ND, February 2016

Speaker, Overview of Estate Planning, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Fargo ND, January 2016

Author, “Do You Need A Will? The Importance of Estate Planning,” On the Minds of Moms, December 2015

Speaker, 2014 Farm Bill Highlights, American Bar Association 2015 Joint Fall CLE Meeting, Chicago, IL, September 2015

Probate and Protecting Your Inheritance, Appearance on North Dakota Today Show, September 2015

Important Legal Documents Everyone Should Have, Appearance on North Dakota Today Show, August 2015

Guardians, Wills and Estate Planning, Appearance on North Dakota Today Show, July 2015

Speaker, Grantor Trusts, National Business Institute, June 2014

Speaker, Estate Planning Overview, State Farm Agents, Fargo, ND, July 2012

Speaker, Estate Planning for Farmers, Mostad Insurance Services, Langdon, ND, February 2012

Speaker, Tax Issues Facing Oil and Gas Businesses and Mineral Interest Owners, Bismarck, ND, November 2011

Speaker, Charitable Gifting, East Otter Tail Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Perham, MN, July 2011

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