Jessica Stern

Top rated Immigration attorney in Atlanta, Georgia

C.R. Wannamaker Law d/b/a Stern Law, LLC
Jessica Stern
C.R. Wannamaker Law d/b/a Stern Law, LLC

Practice Areas: Immigration, Criminal Defense; view more

Licensed in Georgia since: 2008

Education: Northeastern University School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018
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C.R. Wannamaker Law d/b/a Stern Law, LLC

1100 Spring St NW
Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30309 Visit website


Jessica is not currently accepting new clients, but recommends STERN Law, LLC for crimmigration legal services.

Jessica Stern founded STERN Law, LLC in 2013. She has been a practicing criminal defense lawyer since 2008, with a focus on the defense of non-U.S. citizens since 2012 and developed the niche practice of Crimmigration Law. In July 2023, STERN Law was acquired by Attorney Constance Wannamaker, principal of C.R. Wannamaker Law, LLC.  Constance Wannamaker is the official, principal owner, doing business as (“dba”) “STERN Law, LLC,” assuming responsibility for the firm’s client matters with legal services performed by our existing STERN Law team. Jessica currently provides consulting support to the firm, in an Of-Counsel capacity. 

Starting in college, Jessica never thought beyond being a public defender, where she served Fulton County, GA residents from 2008-2011). Then, she was quite happy as the associate of 2 stellar federal white collar defense lawyers who opened her eyes to a new world (Kish & Lietz, LLC 2011-2013).  When she started STERN Law, it was simply because she noticed a need. She couldn’t see beyond the countless number of noncitizens who were left in the dust and needed complex legal support desperately. The need kept growing, and she kept serving that need, managing STERN Law as it grew. Jessica is so proud that STERN Law will keep serving that need for years to come. 

Jessica is especially grateful that our STERN Law team will continue on as employees of Constance Wannamaker, with their support and understanding for Jessica’s decisions over the years. This is the team who works with STERN Law’s clients day-in-and day-out. For years, Jessica has propped them up and shared in the accolades and successes equally with them, because we can do so much more good as a team. They will ensure that STERN Law continues to deliver the quality representation that they community has grown to expect. 

Jessica maintains an expertise in CrImmigration Law and will continue to offer this knowledge as the years go on.  She is extremely knowledgeable about post-conviction relief options for non-U.S. citizens 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, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Jessica is also admitted to practice before all Immigration Courts, the United States District Court in the Northern and Southern Districts of Georgia, with pro hac vice admission to various federal courts across the country.  She’s an active member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), serving as her local chapter’s Chair of the ICE liaison Committee for many years.

Practice areas

Immigration: Consumer, Criminal Defense

Focus areas

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

  • 50% Immigration: Consumer
  • 50% Criminal Defense

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

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

“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.”

Office location for Jessica Stern

1100 Spring St NW
Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone: 678-723-8310


6 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018

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