Jessica grew up in the country between Owensville and Princeton, Indiana. She went to Owensville Community School and graduated from Gibson Southern High School in 2001. She studied art in high school. She received a scholarship for art to Oakland City University. She attended OCU, majoring in art, with a focus on ceramics, for two years until she decided to transfer to Ball State University. She started with an art major there, but then decided she had more interest in the law.
Jessica graduated from Ball State University in May of 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies. This major prepared her for a career as a legal assistant/paralegal. The ABA approved paralegal program provides a strong foundation in law-related courses.
As part of the core requirements, Jessica had to complete an internship in a professional legal setting. She completed her internship in May, 2005 at the law firm of Emison Doolittle Kolb & Roellgen. Ten years after completing the internship, Jessica worked at the same law firm as a legal secretary for three years.
Jessica’s major required that she complete Accounting as well as Advanced Accounting. She also took two years of accounting in high school. After the completion of these courses along with the practical experience gained as a teller/bookkeeper/loan processor at CSB State Bank, a Customer Service Representative at Fifth Third Bank, legal secretary at Kolb Roellgen & Kirchoff, Universal Banker II at First Bank, and many overlapping years of waiting tables and getting to know a variety of different people, she now has the skills and ability to perform well in any career.
In June of 2019, Jessica suffered an injury while working at a local restaurant. She ended up hiring Charles Hewins as her attorney in the worker’s compensation case. Eventually Charles’ long time assistant, Shelee, decided she wanted to retire at the end of 2021. Jessica spoke with Shelee about her work experience and degree. Charles hired Jessica part time in August of 2021. In January, 2022, Charles partnered with attorney Brad Salmon. Jessica went with him to the new office as his full time paralegal. Jessica has since joined the Evansville Bar Association.
Jessica hopes to continue her career at Salmon & Hewins for many years to come. Accepting the position was definitely the best choice for Jessica and her now twelve year old daughter. Jessica works hard to provide for her daughter and set an example that hard work and determination can lead to success.