Jessica advises clients in the private and public sector on environmental and land use issues. She provides strategic counsel on permitting and transactional matters, as well as due diligence, project development, and environmental review documents.
Jessica’s environmental experience spans a wide range of issues. She frequently works with a national utility to help them navigate the permitting of complex energy infrastructure projects in New England. In addition, Jessica advises a non-profit environmental group regarding a large tidal restoration project, and helps clients assess various waterfront permitting and planning concerns. She serves as part of the common counsel team on a Superfund site in New England, and advises public sector clients on solar development projects. She has advocated for clients before numerous federal, state and local authorities, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and local conservation commissions and zoning boards of appeal. Jessica is also a co-author on the MCLE treatise concerning Chapter 91 and waterfront rights in Massachusetts.
In addition to her environmental work, Jessica is frequently part of teams that counsel airport owners on federal regulatory and grant compliance, including environmental concerns regarding airport fuel arrangements. She was also part of the team that represented the City of Los Angeles in its successful defense of “labor peace” requirements at Los Angeles International Airport
Jessica maintains an active pro bono practice. She is part of the legal team that successfully brought suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to compel issuance of a rule concerning graphic warning labels on tobacco products, and Jessica also works with Oceana to advance its goal of protecting the world’s oceans.
Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2015- present
American Bar Association
Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Planning Committee Member, Fall Conference 2019
Real Estate Litigation Section of American Bar Association, Assistant Editor, 2015-2018
Boston Bar Association
Environmental Law Committee, Hazardous and Solid Waste Committee Co-Chair; Former New Lawyers' Liaison, 2015-2017
Public Interest Leadership Program, 2017-2018
Eagle Hill Civic Association, Member
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Boston University School of Law, J.D. 2013
Executive Editor, Public Interest Law Journal
Brown University, B.A. 2007
Panelist, Stormwater Enterprise Funds and Permit Implementation – the MS4 and More, Boston Bar Association, October 2019
Panelist, Speed Networking with Environmental Lawyers, Boston Bar Association, February 2019.
Panelist, CLE: Environmental Standing, Part 1, Boston Bar Association, December 2018.
Panelist, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Boston University School of Law Career Conference, October 2018.
Panelist, Energy & Environmental Law Society, Boston University School of Law, 2017.
Jessica Wall and Travis Godwin, Seventh Circuit Takes a Second Look at CERCLA Liability after EPA Settlement, American Bar Association Journal of Real Estate Litigation and Condemnation, Winter 2014.
Jessica lives in East Boston with her husband. In her spare time, she can be found cooking, reading, practicing yoga, or hiking in the National Parks. Before law school, Jessica worked for WBUR-FM public radio, WBUR-FM in Providence, and a record label.