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Jessica B. Spade

Attorney

Jessica Spade represents employers on a variety of employment matters including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour, family and medical leave, and non-compete agreements.

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Professional Biography


An experienced litigator, Jessica represents all types of employers in federal and state court as well as before the Department of Labor.

Jessica has broad experience representing business clients in a wide variety of disputes involving state and federal consumer protection, lending, claims arising under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). She also has extensive experience in litigation disputes involving fraud, wrongful and contested foreclosure, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, breach of contract, real estate and title issues, general business, corporate, and commercial litigation, including contract disputes, the enforcement and defense of restrictive covenants, and the enforcement of liens and security interests. Jessica also has experience defending clients in insurance defense litigation, including personal injury, auto accidents, premises liability, and products liability.

After graduating with her Masters in Hispanic Studies from Auburn University in 2011, Jessica founded K.A.R.M.A. (Kids Against Ridicule, Meanness, and Aggression), where she worked as a public speaker and activist. Representing K.A.R.M.A., Jessica traveled across the nation speaking to students, parents, educators, legislators, and community leaders about the importance of eradicating bullying in schools. Jessica continues her work advocating against bullying through K.A.R.M.A. and she is frequently asked to serve as a guest panelist on CNN's Headline News on the topic of bullying.

  • Drafted and successfully created Mississippi law regarding the statute of limitations for foreclosure following acceleration and deacceleration of the debt.

  • Obtained summary judgment for client in a pre-foreclosure temporary restraining order.

  • Obtained summary judgment for client in an interpleader action to claim surplus funds from a tax sale.

  • Following evidentiary hearing, received dismissal in favor of the client in federal court.

  • Defended successfully an order on appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court granting summary judgment in client's favor because plaintiff's use of fictitious party practice did not relate back and thus was barred by the statute of limitations.

  • Received a favorable verdict as lead counsel in bench trial over a business contract dispute.

  • Received a defense verdict as lead counsel for insurer in bench trial over alleged failure to pay insurance benefits.

  • Received a favorable settlement well below client's settlement authority during trial over the measure of damages from an insurance claim.

  • Obtained a summary judgment for client in a premises liability action.

  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in Banking Law (2018)
    • Alabama Bar Association
    • Alabama Bar Women's Section
    • Alabama Bar Young Lawyers' Section
    • Alabama Bar Litigation Section
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • TBA Young Lawyers Division
  • K.A.R.M.A. (Kids Against Ridicule, Meanness, and Aggression), Founder, Public Speaker, and Activist
  • Advisory Board Member – Auburn University Women's Leadership Institute
  • Recipient – Auburn University Outstanding Young Alumni Award (2012)
  • Recipient – Miss Alabama Scholarship Pageant Catherine Crosby Long Community Service Award (2010, 2011)
  • Recipient – Miss America Community Service Award (2011)
  • Recipient – Miss America Children's Miracle Network Miracle Maker Award
  • "Civil Liability for Bullying: How Federal Statutes and State Tort Law Can Protect Our Children," 45 Cumberland Law Review 351 (2015)

Education

  • Samford University Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 2015, cum laude
    • Cumberland Law Review, Symposium Editor
  • Auburn University, M.H.S., 2011
  • Auburn University, B.A., 2009, cum laude

Admissions

  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern Middle, and Western Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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