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Ms. Jackson is the managing lawyer of Desha Jackson Law Group. Prior to opening her firm Ms. Jackson was of Counsel to the Law Office of Evelyn Padin for two years. Prior to working with Ms. Padin's office, Ms. Jackson was an associate with the firm of Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer where she was assigned to the Employment Law Team. Prior to working at Wilentz, Ms. Jackson was the Assistant Director of the Equal Employment Division of the New Jersey Department of Corrections. There she assisted in investigations of corrections officers and staff discrimination complaints, provided advice with regard to equal employment issues, as well as provided training to employees about the anti-discrimination policy and procedures. Ms. Jackson completed courses at the Rutgers University Center of Management Development and obtained an Equal Employment Certificate. Ms. Jackson also worked at the Department of Law and Public Safety Office of the Attorney General as a Deputy Attorney General (DAG) assigned to the Office of State Police Affairs from 2002-2007. This office was created by the 1999 consent decree between the State New Jersey and the United States Department of Justice which addressed the issues of racial profiling. As a DAG she primarily served as the prosecutor in disciplinary proceedings against New Jersey State Troopers. In 2004, Ms. Jackson was promoted to Deputy Director of this unit and served as Acting Director from October 2006 to March of 2007. In 1996 she was a judicial law clerk at the Monmouth Vicinage in Freehold, New Jersey in the criminal division for the Honorable Theodore J. Labrecque, Vincent Hull and Michael D. Farren, J.S.C. She also worked as a legal assistant at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in 1997 before becoming the first African-American female Assistant Prosecutor to be hired at the Ocean County prosecutor’s Office in its 150-year history. Ms. Jackson left the Prosecutors Office in May of 2000 and became an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Newark assigned to their Labor and Employment Section. During her tenure at the City of Newark, she represented the City in all labor and employment matters including disciplinary hearings, grievance arbitrations, mediations, appeals in the Office of Administrative Law, matters in Superior and Federal Court, as well as matters before the Public Employment Relations Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also provided advice regarding labor and employment issues to managers in multiple City departments. Ms. Jackson attended Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida. While attending Stetson the faulty selected her to be in Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges due to her involvement and academic achievement.

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A discrimination case with an Indian Plaintiff I settled last year. He was a nice man and I believe it was a great outcome for him.

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Recommendations and social media presence and referrals.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Honesty, fairness, ethical conduct and reasonableness.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
In employment law knowing the employer, the job and other things are more important than local knowledge unless it impacts the job. In the entertainment industry knowledge is important.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
I don't do free consults because my consultations are usually long due to nature of the areas of practice. I ask lots of questions and need a substantial amount of information to ensure I don't miss anything.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I'm direct. I try to give client realistic view of possible outcomes and advice so the client is well informed. I want a client to make the best decision for themselves having all the knowledge I have on a subject.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Helping people! Seeing justice served. Making a situation better for someone else. Making a difference in my clients life that helps them be better at theirs.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
My charity DLJ Give to Live Community Foundation, church, dining, rollar skating, exercising, movies, plays, vacation with friends, reading.

Are you involved in your community?
Yes I occasionally do public speaking in my immediate community and through my fashion week in Jersey City I am involved in that community. www.jerseycityfashionweek.com I give a portion of my proceeds to charities that meet the mission of my charity.

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AttorneyDesha Jackson Law Group LLCPresent
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Stetson University College of LawJ.D. Law School1996  
Drew UniversityBachelors1993
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New Jersey1996
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Suite 2100
Jersey City, NJ 07302
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