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Jessica K. Stern

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Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Stern Law LLC
1100 Spring St NW, Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404-400-7868
Fax: 404-990-4936
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018
Licensed in Georgia Since: 2008
Practice Areas: Immigration: Consumer, Criminal Defense
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
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Attorney Profile

Jessica Stern is a bright, spirited courtroom lawyer and a champion for justice. Blending years of experience as a public defender and an attorney with a well-respected federal criminal defense firm, Jessica founded STERN Law, LLC in 2013.

Built exclusively to protect non-U.S. citizens, STERN Law is the first 100% CrImmigration law firm in the nation. Jessica and her carefully-selected team focus completely on the defense of non-U.S. citizens throughout an entire criminal case with protection from deportation consequences, fight against deportation in Immigration Court, and diligently pursue lawful status through applications for immigration benefits nationwide.

She ensures quality representation to those in need of a client-centered, compassionate, and no-nonsense legal team. Despite common systematic and societal challenges, Jessica never takes lightly the responsibility to provide each and every person with respect and the best shot at winning. She is not afraid to push the envelope and challenge common practices in order to uphold and protect one’s constitutional rights and the basic principles of fairness. To that end, she is a firm believer that individuals are not defined by the worst thing they (may) have done in life.

Jessica values her courtroom experience, where she has litigated well over a thousand felony cases and complicated deportation trials. She has built skill through careful investigation and methodical research, strategic negotiations with the government, effective client communication, hundreds of motions arguments before various judges, and the willingness to force the government to prove its case at a jury trial. Jessica not only views success in the trials and motions she has won, but also in the dismissals and charge reductions, in arguments that change a judge’s view on a sentencing statute or evidentiary law, and most importantly in the overall satisfaction of the people she has represented.

Jessica is extremely knowledgeable about post-conviction relief options and enjoys counseling criminal defense attorneys through the Padilla Immigration Consequences analysis.

Jessica is admitted to the Bar in the State of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Georgia Supreme Court. Jessica is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court in the Northern District of Georgia. Jessica was  appointed in 2014 to the Bar’s Judicial Selection & Tenure Committee and served as Vice Chair of the City of Atlanta Board of Ethics for 4 years through 2019. She is the former Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section Board (2014-2015) and served on the Board of the Women in the Profession Section from 2012-2014.  She’s an active member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), serving on the chapter’s ICE liaison committee for the past few years.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Immigration: Consumer
  • 50%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

Naturalization & Citizenship, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence


4 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018

About Jessica K. Stern

First Admitted: 2008, Georgia

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Board of the Women in the Profession Section, 2012-2014
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Atlanta Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section Board, Former Chair, 2014-2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • United States District Court in the Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL), Member


  • 2016 Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star List
  • Top 40 Under 40 lawyers, 2013
  • Client’s Choice Award, 2013
  • Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40 lawyers, 2014
  • Top 10 Under 40 Award, 2015
  • Avvo Superb Rated Attorney Award, 2014

Educational Background

  • University of Central Florida, B.A., magna cum laude

Industry Groups

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers


  • “A young superstar. Her responsiveness and attention to the clients sets her apart from her peers in both immigration and criminal defense work. Whip-smart and nice as the day is long. Always my first referral in this area.”
  • “Jessica is a go-to attorney in immigration and criminal law.”
  • “Jessica is an excellent advisor in criminal immigration law. She is an effective communicator and a leader in her practice area.”
  • “My first and only choice for immigration issues.”
  • “Jessica is a dedicated and intelligent attorney who I would trust with any immigration matters, particularly those that involve a criminal element. Top notch lawyer.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Jessica K. Stern

1100 Spring St NW
Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone: 404-400-7868

Fax: 404-990-4936

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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