Jessica T. Ornsby, LL.M., Esq.

FOUNDER

Jessica is a Washington, D.C. native committed to serving her community through her legal practice and philanthropy. At A+O Law Group, Jessica advises clients in family law, landlord-tenant, business and contract matters, and strives to accomplish her clients’ goals through proactive and creative problem-solving. Jessica prides herself on being a responsive and effective advocate for each of her clients.

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, which sparked her interest in litigating family matters full time. 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 has served as a tenant advocate for Rockville City Council’s Landlord Tenant Commission. Jessica also participates in various pro bono clinics including Maryland Volunteer Legal Services.

Jessica is an active member at her church and serves as a worship leader at two churches within the Metropolitan area.

Publications/Articles

American Bar Association GPSolo Magazine – Privacy in the Digital World

YFS Magazine – 15 Entrepreneurs Share The Worst Business Advice They’ve Heard

Up Journey – 39 Habits of Successful People

OffLoans – 9 Tips for Keeping Your Security Deposit

Speaking Engagements

Michael and Mauritia Patcha Foundation Virtual Wellness Seminar

Goal Digger Workshop Panelist – Baltimore, MD

NBLSA 50th Annual Convention Panelist – Virginia Beach, VA

Advancing Latinas into Leadership Professional Development Seminar Panelist – Washington, DC

Education

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

Licensed

In Maryland and the District of Columbia

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Christopher J. Martin, Esq.

OF-COUNSEL

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.

Awards

Earl H. Davis Advocacy Award, 2012

Avvo.com’s Client’s Choice Award, 2015

The National Black Lawyers – Top 40 Under 40, 2016

Education

Howard University School of Law, 2012 J.D.

Saint Louis University, 2009, B.A., Magna Cum Laude

Licensed

In Maryland

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