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Jessica L. Kometz

Attorney

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Jessica L. Kometz

Attorney

Practice Groups

Class Action/Multidistrict Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Employment, Real Estate Litigation, Trust and Estates Litigation

Industry Groups

Financial Services Industry, Health Care Industry, Non-Profit Organizations Industry, Real Estate and Residential Property Management Industry

Overview

Jessica is a trial attorney that focuses her practice on all matters relating to trust, estates, guardianships, conservatorships, and the like. Jessica routinely works with beneficiaries, trustees, personal representatives, family members with elderly loved ones, and other fiduciaries to resolve intra-family conflicts, to take action to protect their loved ones, and to ensure that their interests are protected. Additionally, Jessica assists both individual and corporate fiduciaries with the administration of trusts and estates.

Jessica also focuses her practice on commercial and real estate litigation. Jessica has significant experience in representing both commercial and residential landlords in eviction court and routinely advises landlords on day-to-day issues relating to various types of tenancies. Jessica also assists landlords in recovering unpaid rent and damages for breach of contract. Jessica’s experience is not limited, however, to the real estate industry. Jessica has experience representing individuals and companies in deceptive trade practices litigation, general business disputes, defamation actions, etc.

Jessica has been named an Up & Coming Attorney, an Attorney of the Year, and a Minnesota Rising Star. She graduated magna cum laude from Mitchell Hamline School of Law where she was a member of the Mitchell Hamline Law Review. During law school, Jessica argued her first case in front of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

Education

  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2017
    • CALI Award recipient in Contracts
    • CALI Award recipient in Legal Research and Writing
    • Mitchell Hamline Law Review, Associate, 2015-2016, Vol. 42
    • Dorsey & Whitney Scholarship recipient, 2015-2017
  • St. Cloud State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2013

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota

Judicial Clerkships

  • Fourth Judicial District, The Honorable Daniel C. Moreno, Judicial Extern, Spring 2017
  • Second Judicial District, The Honorable Laura Nelson, Judicial Extern, Spring 2017

EXPERIENCE

Representative Cases

Routinely assist medical facilities with the appointment of a guardian for patients that cannot be discharged due to capacity concerns.

Argued a motion for summary judgment in relation to a defamation claim, leading to the imposition of an increased burden of proof relating to the claim and dismissal of a majority of the plaintiff’s claim for damage.

Obtained dismissal of a court action for a protective order that would impose visitation restrictions on an individual not otherwise subject to guardianship.

Part of trial team that obtained a six-figure jury verdict on behalf of a landlord relating to unpaid rent and damage to the landlord’s property.

Commercial Litigation
Obtained summary judgment on whistleblower and disability discrimination claims in favor of large public school district.

Obtained summary judgment on whistleblower and disability discrimination claims in favor of large public school district. Successfully defended the same matter at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Successfully sought the appointment of a conservator to effectuate the sale of an out-of-state property for an incapacitated individual.

Successfully litigated the extension of an Order for Protection after a contested evidentiary hearing and with limited availability to witnesses.

Successfully argued a motion for attorneys’ fees relating to a commercial landlord-tenant dispute.

Successfully represented a nominated personal representative in seeking appointment when the decedent had only signed the self-proved affidavit portion of a will.

Trust and Estate
Part of a team who successfully litigated the question of where a decedent would be buried.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC

Bar Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

Civic Involvement

  • The Advocates for Human Rights, 2019-present
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, 2018-2020
  • Tubman, 2018-present

ACCOLADES

Jessica Kometz
Rated by Super Lawyers


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Publications

  • Notes & Trends – Probate and Trust Law, monthly column author, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, 2023-present
  • Prepared In Anticipation – Taking Full Advantage of the Protections in Rule 26.02(d), co-author, Minnesota Defense, Winter 2017

The Work Week with Bassford Remele

Seminars

  • Damages, Damages, Damages: Understanding the Possible Outcomes in Probate Litigation, presenter, Probate and Trust Law Section Conference, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, June 12, 2023
  • 10 Ways Outside Counsel Can Increase Their Value to In-House Counsel, moderator, 2023 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, May 19, 2023
  • Trends in Trust and Estate Litigation: What You Need to Know As An Estate Planner, co-presenter, A Loss of Trust: What Trust and Estate Litigators Think Estate Planners Need to Know, Bassford Remele, January 24, 2023
  • Mom Always Liked You Best: Tips from Experienced Trust Litigators for Estate Planners and Trustees, co-presenter with A.I. Silver, N.M. Abramson, and C.D. Marshall, private company, February 11, 2020
  • Employment Law: Solutions for Top Complexities, presenter, NBI, Inc. national webcast CLE, March 20, 2019
  • Not Your Typical Dog and Pony Show: Service and Assistance Animals in Residential and Commercial Settings, presenter, Animal Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association, March 12, 2018