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Jessica Kagansky

Jessica Kagansky

Attorney at Law

New York
Licensed in
Northwestern University School of Law
I am an attorney licensed in New York, with a JD from Northwestern University School of Law. I have over five years' combined experience in litigation, family, immigration and corporate law - I have worked as a legal assistant before law school, as well as a student clinic attorney, a judicial extern, a pro bono attorney, and a biglaw corporate attorney.

I possess excellent writing, communication and advocacy skills - I held a managing editorial position on Northwestern's Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. In addition to English, I am fluent in Russian and proficient in French.

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Work History

Sanctuary for Families

Pro Bono Attorney

Jan 2018 - Present

• Assist with legal research pertaining to parental interference in New York and when it can be the basis for modifying a standing custody order as well as general custody and family law issues
• Draft memos to court detailing research findings and social science literature

Jan 2018 - Present

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP


May 2015 - Aug 2017

Worked on various corporate transactions including M&A, capital markets and general restructuring - duties included contract drafting, due diligence, entity formation, corporate governance, legal research, etc.
Also did immigration work primarily within the realm of asylum, both appellate and affirmative

May 2015 - Aug 2017

New York County Supreme Court

Judicial Extern

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

• Researched and drafted judicial opinions on legal issues including stipulations of discontinuance, potential ethical issues arising from change in counsel, and entitlement to reasonable accommodations on the basis of a record of past impairment under New York Human Rights Law
• Reviewed and advised on motion for summary judgment, motion to strike, and motion to compel

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

Kramer & Dunleavy

Legal Assistant

Aug 2012 - Aug 2013

• Drafted various litigation documents, including complaints, requests for arbitration, discovery notices, subpoenas, orders to show cause, authorization demands, responses to conference orders, stipulations of adjournment and discontinuance, and notices of Article 81 proceedings
• Digested deposition transcripts
• Drafted attorney correspondence with the court, opposing counsel and clients

Aug 2012 - Aug 2013

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