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 was named one of Washingtonian Magazine's Top Lawyers, and lives in the area with her husband and two children.