Jessica Thompson joined PLF’s Economic Liberty practice in September 2020. A fierce advocate for individual liberty and free enterprise, Jessica brings experience litigating separation of powers issues in courtrooms and the court of public opinion.
Jessica comes to PLF with litigation experience in a variety of state and federal constitutional law issues. As Litigation Counsel at the New Civil Liberties Alliance she presented constitutional challenges to the CFPB and Covid-19 related executive actions. Jessica also engaged in appellate advocacy for clients challenging removal protections for SEC administrative law judges and submitted amicus briefs on judicial deference to state supreme courts.
Before joining NCLA, Jessica was Counsel for the Cause of Action Institute where she defended a popular Internet of Things company against an FTC enforcement action and supported other victims of agency overreach with amicus briefs in appellate courts. Prior to joining the Cause of Action Institute in 2017, she clerked for the Honorable Mark D. Martin, Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Jessica also practiced insurance defense, including professional and medical malpractice litigation, in North Carolina.
Jessica graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in History and in Peace, War, and Defense. During college, Jessica interned at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, NC. Before attending law school, Jessica was a Koch Summer Policy Fellow at the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation and later, a Marketing Associate at the Institute for Humane Studies. After completing the Koch Associate Program in 2011, she returned to North Carolina for law school. During law school, Jessica was a Summer Law Clerk at the Institute for Justice and served as a Research Assistant for Professor William P. Marshall. She received her J.D., with honors, from the University of North Carolina, in 2014.
A Tar Heel “born and bred,” Jessica is a zealous Carolina basketball fan. She lives in Northern Virginia with her fiancé, James, a die-hard Michigan fan (which typically only causes trouble once a year). Together they have a French Bulldog, Freddie, named after her favorite French Political Economist, Frédéric Bastiat.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper unilaterally declared a state of emergency that only he is authorized to end. Since then, the governor has issued a series of executive orders that allow nearly every establishment that sells alcoholic beverages to remain open but that force most private bars (establishments whic ...