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Jessica N. Carmichael defends clients in often high-stakes, and nationally-profiled criminal cases. She fearlessly handles all types of criminal matters, as well as security clearance litigation, and military criminal defense.  Jessica knows what her clients have at risk, and tirelessly works to achieve a favorable result for each and every individual.

Jessica has argued before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practices in both state and federal court.  Prior to founding Harris Carmichael & Ellis, PLLC she represented clients at the Federal Public Defender's Office and at a private law firm in Alexandria, Virginia.

Jessica clerked for two Judges in Federal Court in Norfolk, Virginia where her husband, a Naval Officer, was stationed. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in communications from the University of Cincinnati, and her Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. There, Jessica won several awards for oral advocacy, and participated in a clinic that allowed her to teach legal concepts such as freedom of speech to local middle school students.

Jessica spent a summer with the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, and a subsequent summer working for the State Department in the political and economic section of the United States Embassy in Manama, Bahrain. She volunteers at local law schools judging mock trial and moot court competitions.  She is a member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,  the Federal Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Alexandria Bar Association.

Jessica's experience encompasses a wide range of cases, including terrorism, money laundering, bribery, mortgage fraud, cyber crime, robbery, immigration fraud, unlawful reentry, assault, sex crimes, DUI, drug conspiracies, and traffic offenses.  She has represented federal law enforcement agents, military officers, business owners, cyber online activists, professional athletes, and many others in prominent criminal cases. She lives in the area with her husband and two children.

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  • "This group WORKS to win and WILL get you the absolute best result possible in your situation."

    Jessica was truly a breath of fresh air when I felt like I was living in one long panic attack. Not only did she keep me informed of what was (or was not) going on with my case! But I did not even have to SEE A COURT ROOM! I was notified several days before my FIRST initial appearance that the ca...
  • "The most pleasant legal experience and representation I've ever had"

    Harris & Carmichael, PLLC happens to be the most pleasant legal experience and representation I've ever had. My legal representative Mrs.Carmichael and assistant Sonya have made me feel that I wasn't merely a case file. They cared and Mrs. Carmichael pushed me to do my part to help them do theirs...
  • "These Two Lawyers Were the Best Choice I Made"

    I first worked with Phoenix Harris on getting my case dismissed. After a lot of searching and explaining my case to several lawyers, I felt no one cared quite like Mrs. Harris. She was extremely knowledgeable, warm, and truly compassionate. She not only answered every question I asked in person, ...
  • “Very Helpful”

    Jessica was very helpful every step of the way. At no point did I feel as though there was not a solid grip of the situation and her responsiveness was very refreshing. There were always answers to any questions I had and they were to the point. Her honesty through out the case helped to alleviat...
  • Achieved "results that I didn't dare dream of"

    The relief knowing that my best interest was foremost in Jessica's professional practice can't be measured. Her representation was the reason I receive the results that I didn't dare dream of
  • Flawless

    Jessica Carmichael is an amazing attorney. Her representation was completely professional in every way. She was thorough in reviewing all aspects of my case, clear in presenting all of my options, and worked tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome in my case. Which she did flawlessly. Whil...
  • "Jessica Carmichael: Knowledgeable. Motivated."

    Jessica Carmichael provided clear, detailed, and rigorous legal advice throughout my domestic abuse case. She was responsive and communicated clearly, typically responding to questions and concerns almost immediately. She was patient with my lack of knowledge and experience in legal matters, whic...
  • Conspiracy to distribute meth from CA to VA

    In August 2016 I hired Jessica to be my lawyer for a case of conspiracy and distribute over 500 grams of meth but less then 1.5 kilos from the state of California to the state of Virginia. I was looking at being a catagorie 3 affence at the leavel of 223 months practically 20yrs. She was there fo...
  • “Jessica is tough as nails!”

    Jessica was very prepared and she did a great job preparing me for court. I would hire her at anytime to represent me if I needed an attorney! Thanks Jessica!!! By: Reggie 1/15/15
  • Professional, Patient and Persistent - Highly Recommended

    I was very diligent in finding good representation, and I could not have been happier in finding Harris & Carmichael - this is a great firm. Jessica was patient, diligent and persistent in my case, while offering me the peace of mind and sensitivity I needed. She gave me great direction and an...
  • The most pleasant legal experience and representation I've ever had

    Harris & Carmichael, PLLC happens to be the most pleasant legal experience and representation I've ever had. My legal representative Mrs.Carmichael and assistant Sonya have made me feel that I wasn't merely a case file. They cared and Mrs. Carmichael pushed me to do my part to help them do theirs...
  • Outstanding Attorney

    I retained Jessica after my first attorney completely botched my trial for a DUI, he didn't present evidence which could have changed the outcome. He also didn't challenge the officer refusing to give me the chemical test. Never the less I decided to appeal my case and I knew going in that it ...
  • Trustworthy, prompt, and a great result

    I sought for legal advice when I got into trouble and charged for petty larceny. I called the Harris and Carmichael law firm. when I met Ms. Jessica she seems to know what she is talking about and explain to me all option, I felt i can trust her my case. When I was down and need some clarificat...
  • Peace of mind

    The relief knowing that my best interest was foremost in Jessica's professional practice can't be measured. Her representation was the reason I receive the results that I didn't dare dream of.
  • "Jessica Carmichael: Knowledgeable. Motivated."

    Jessica Carmichael provided clear, detailed, and rigorous legal advice throughout my domestic abuse case. She was responsive and communicated clearly, typically responding to questions and concerns almost immediately. She was patient with my lack of knowledge and experience in legal matters, whic...
  • An Excellent Lawyer

    I give thanks and greatly appreciate all that Jessica Carmichael has done for me. She explained the details of my case in a very knowledgeable and professional way. Jessica answered all my questions and helped me every step of the way. She made me feel comfortable in the difficult situation I was...
  • "Goes above and beyond for her clients"

    Jessica Carmichael is an excellent attorney who goes above and beyond for her clients. She explains everything along the way, does not mislead you with false promises and delivers every time. I highly recommend Jessica for any legal matter. She has expertise and is always professional. You could ...
  • Exceptional Lawyer!

    We were referred to Jessica for assistance with our case through another lawyer. Our case was very complex. My husband had accepted a plea deal that affected his ability to file for immigration relief. From the moment we contacted the office the staff made us feel comfortable with our decision to...
  • Awesome and Professional Lawyer

    After meeting with other lawyers about my DUI case, I knew that Jessica had my best interest at heart the first time I met her. I hired her after our first meeting and she went right to work filing motions after motions in my case. Every time I talked or met with her she was frank and forthright ...

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