Prior to founding A+O Law Group, Jessica worked as a tax associate at a large law firm based in Washington, D.C., where she litigated complex tax matters and advised large companies on the tax implications of various transactions. Jessica also litigated family law matters on a pro bono basis at her prior firm. During law school, Jessica gained valuable experience as a law clerk at the United States Department of Labor where she issued opinions related to EEOC claims. At the United States Department of Justice, Jessica served as a legal intern within the Civil Frauds division, litigating multi-million dollar whistleblower claims. At the Eastern District of Virginia, Jessica served as a summer law clerk for the Honorable Anthony J. Trenga, drafting opinions on a variety of cases before the court. Jessica also clerked for Fay Law Group before joining as an associate, where she litigates a variety of matters, including civil rights, labor and employment and products liability.
In addition to her legal practice, Jessica serves as a tenant advocate for Rockville City Council’s Landlord Tenant Commission. Jessica also participates in various pro bono clinics, and is an active member at her church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Jessica is a worship leader at two churches within the Metropolitan area, and co-chair of a young adult bible study group. When she’s not interfacing with clients or volunteering, Jessica spends as much time as she can exploring and travelling.
Goal Digger Workshop Panelist – Baltimore, MD
NBLSA 50th Annual Convention Panelist – Virginia Beach, VA
Advancing Latinas into Leadership Professional Development Seminar Panelist – Washington, DC
LL.M. in Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
B.M. in Vocal Music Education, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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Kelly Spencer is an associate at A+O Law Group.
Kelly I. Spencer has a passion for seeking justice for clients who have had their civil rights abused. She advocates for clients on various issues, including race, employment and disability matters. The genesis of Kelly’s interest in law was due to her desire to ensure that artists and other creators would receive proper credit and compensation for their intellectual property. She has since come to understand the intersection between intellectual property and civil rights.
Kelly has a wide range of interests, talents and skills. She has successfully represented clients in Landlord and Tenant court, and she volunteers her time with the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project where she represents clients in family law disputes. Prior to practicing law, Kelly worked for the Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division and for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Fraud and Public Corruption section where she assisted Assistant United States Attorneys prosecute defendants in various high-profile cases. She has received commendation for outstanding contribution to the Civil Rights Division.
During law school, Kelly worked for Vermont’s Office of the Defender General where she represented juvenile offenders challenging their penal detention. In addition, she has fostered children whose lives have given them an uneven path. As the Black Law Student’s Co-President, Kelly was instrumental in organizing and educating her law school peers around issues of race and the law. In 2014, she was recognized and received an award from the National Association of Women Lawyers.
Kelly earned her J.D. from Vermont Law School, and her B.S. from The College of New Rochelle. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.
Christopher J. Martin is a seasoned attorney, experienced in helping individuals, families and small business owners with their legacy planning needs. Chris works closely with his clients to create and implement plans to benefit their families and communities through various methods including both lifetime gifting and postmortem wealth transfers. Chris tailors his planning based on his client’s personal goals to help them preserve pass their values and wealth to future generations. In addition to his work with individual clients, Chris regularly speaks to both public and private organizations and has contributed to numerous publications including articles for the National Business Institute and The Business Monthly.
Formerly, Chris worked for a boutique estate planning firm in Montgomery County Maryland, overseeing a variety of estate planning and probate matters and managed a solo estate planning practice. Chris also had the pleasure of serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Sheila R. Tillerson Adams, Chief Administrative Judge for the 7th Circuit of Maryland.
Chris earned his law degree from Howard University School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University, from which he graduated magna cum laude and was on the Dean’s List.
Earl H. Davis Advocacy Award, 2012
Avvo.com’s Client’s Choice Award, 2015
The National Black Lawyers – Top 40 Under 40, 2016
Howard University School of Law, 2012 J.D.
Saint Louis University, 2009, B.A., Magna Cum Laude