Jessie Harrell

Jessie Harrell

Curriculum Vitae

Sample Briefs

Island Pediatrics v. Bonnie K. White, M.D., et. al. in the Florida First District Court of Appeal
Dennis J. Creadon v. Thornburg Mortgage Home Loans, Inc., et. al. in the Florida Second District Court of Appeal
In re: Guardianship of Linda Koshenina in the Florida First District Court of Appeal

Sample Oral Arguments

Dennis Creadon v. Thornburg Mortgage Home Loans, Inc. in the Florida Second District Court of Appeal (12/03/14)
Joseph David Baker v. CSX Transportation, Inc. in the Florida First District Court of Appeal (11/6/2013)
In re: Guardianship of Linda Koshenina in the Florida First District Court of Appeal (9/18/2013)
Dundore v. Hamel in the Florida First District Court of Appeal (1/19/2012)
Island Pediatrics v. Bonnie K. White, M.D., et. al. in the Florida First District Court of Appeal (7/25/2012)

Jessie L. Harrell

Jessie Harrell is board-certified by The Florida Bar as an appellate specialist. She handles appeals in state and federal court ranging from plaintiff's actions to commercial litigation to family law. She is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was named a Florida Super Lawyer in appellate practice by Florida Trend Magazine in 2015 and 2016. Prior to that, Florida Trend named Jessie as a "Rising Star" in appellate practice every year from 2009-2014. Jessie is the immediate past Chair of the CLE (Continuing Legal Education) Committee for the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar, sat on the section's executive Council from 2014-2016, and is a past chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association. Jessie is a member of the First District Appellate American Inn of Court. She previously participated in a three-year term as a Barrister with the Chester Bedell Inn of Court. She is a current member of the Jacksonville Justice Association and Florida Justice Association. Prior to joining the firm, Jessie practiced commercial litigation, including appeals, with the national law firm of Foley & Lardner, LLP. There, she represented some of the nation's Fortune 500 companies at the trial and appellate level.

A Florida native, Jessie graduated from the University of Florida, with highest honors in 1998, receiving a B.A. in Classical Studies. She received her law degree with high honors in 2001 from the University of Florida College of Law. She finished in the top ten of her class and received numerous awards for her academic achievements and successes on the school's trial team. Jessie also served as an articles senior editor on the Journal of Law and Public Policy. After law school, Jessie was inducted in the Order of the Coif.

Jessie is admitted to practice before all Florida state courts, the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. Jessie was also admitted pro hac vice in two Georgia appeals and has argued before the Court of Appeals of Georgia. 

Jessie enjoys using her skills, be they legal or not, to give back to her community. From 2006 to 2010, Jessie served as a board member for Voices for Children of the First Coast, Inc., the nonprofit organization that supports the Guardian ad Litem program for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. She served as Secretary of the board in 2009. Jessie also received the Pro Bono Award in 2007 from Jacksonville Area Legal Aid for her commitment to assisting indigent clients with their legal problems. She continues to handle pro bono matters, as well as volunteer with various community organizations.

Notable Cases:

  • Creadon v. Thornburg Mortgage Home Loans, Inc. The Second District reversed a judgment of foreclosure entered against Mr. Creadon, and remanded for an involuntary dismissal of the case.  At the start of the foreclosure trial, U.S. Bank, as successor trustee to Bank of America, moved to be substituted as the plaintiff. However, US Bank was unable to prove it had standing to foreclose on the note and mortgage. Although it relied on the note endorsed in blank to prove its status, the note had been placed into the court file by Thornburg; therefore, US Bank did not possess the blank endorsed note. US Bank had no witness or records which could show a chain of title between it and Thornburg and therefore failed to prove its case.
  • Koshenina v. Buvens. The First District Court of Appeal reversed a judgment appointing Mrs. Koshenina's siblings, rather than her husband, as her guardian. Prior to becoming incapacitated, Mrs. Koshenina had specifically named her husband has her designated preneed guardian. On remand, the trial court appointed Mr. Koshenina as his wife's guardian, allowing Mr. Koshenina to direct his wife's care.
  • In re K.A.G. The Fifth District reversed an order dismissing a grandmother's petition to adopt her minor grandson. The child's father, who was facing a termination of his parental rights, exercised his constitutional right to make a parenting decision for the child by selecting the grandmother as the person he would like to adopt. The appellate court agreed that the trial court applied the wrong legal standard when dismissing grandmother's petition and remanded with directions on how to correctly apply the law. 

Publications:

  • Narrowing Clooney: Keeping all Bad Actors in Your Case, The Journal #586, September/October 2015
  • Applying the Collateral Source Rule to Your Next Trial: How Much Can you Board & When Will Damages be Reduced?,  The Journal #559, March/April 2012
  • Graham v. Florida: A Juvenile's Hope for Redemption, Florida Defender, Vol. 23, No. 2, Summer 2010, co-authored with Bryan Gowdy.

Speaking Engagements:

  • "Working with Appellate Counsel at the Trial Level," co-presented with Joseph Camerlengo at the 2012 CLE course entitled, The Art of Objecting: A Trial Lawyer's Guide to Preserving Error for Appeal.
  • "Preserving Error for Appeal: An Ever-rising Standard?," a case update presentation
  • "Hot Topics in Federal Appeals," presented at the 2011 Hot Topics in Appellate Practice CLE.