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Meet Jessica K. Pride

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I am privileged and honored to represent survivors of sexual assault, and I will not stop until I don’t have a job anymore.

MANAGING PARTNER JESSICA PRIDE

About Jessica Pride

 Jessica Pride is the managing partner at The Pride Law Firm. From SART advocate* and friend to aggressive trial lawyer, for more than fifteen years, Jessica Pride has been the lead attorney on behalf of women, men and children who have been sexually assaulted.  

She is a Co-Founding Chair of the American Association for Justice’s Sexual Assault Litigation Group, and a standing member of the Board of Governors since 2014. At The Pride Law Firm, she was the first law firm in the state to employ a full-time Survivor Advocate to ensure her clients receive the attention and support required after an assault. 

Headquartered in San Diego, Jessica represents survivors throughout California and is available to act as co-counsel for individuals of sexual assault throughout the 50 states. Regardless of where you live, Jessica and her team can answer your specific questions from both legal and emotional perspectives.

Her passion for the law stems from a lifetime of watching her attorney stepfather and her disdain for bullying. After graduating from University of California, Irvine with her B.A. in English, she felt earning her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2006 was a natural progression.

In law school, she discovered a talent for helping people in civil litigation, where the survivor of an injury sues the at-fault party. This earned her an associate position at one of the nation’s premier personal injury firms, Girardi & Keese in Los Angeles. The firm’s groundwater contamination case was the inspiration for the film, Erin Brockovich.

She moved on to San Diego’s Casey Gerry law firm, where she fought for her first sexual assault survivor and felt the personal reward and vindication that comes with helping a survivor seek justice — and succeeding. Jessica spent the next 10 years refining her legal advocacy skills, helping to earn millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for her clients.

Her legal passion blossomed into handling sexual assault cases. 

Jessica devotes much of her time helping sexual assault survivors by offering legal assistance at San Diego’s only domestic violence and rape crisis center, the Center for Community Solutions, where she now serves as President of the Board of Directors. She is an active volunteer in the Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Make-A-Wish Foundations.

*Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Advocates have a minimum of 60 hours of training to counsel and guide survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

Jessica understands the anguish of sexual assault, and she knows it doesn’t have to define your life.

Jessica encourages survivors to pursue their cases in civil court. Whether taking on a culpable individual, corporation or municipality, Jessica has used the civil court system to send strong messages that result in serious changes.

To speak privately with Jessica, contact us today at ​(619) 516-8166.

Podcast Transcript

Landon Harlan:
It seems like one of the, almost as if you, when you, I know you take an oath and you’re sworn in as a lawyer, but if there could or should be one for one that, that handles claims involving an injury or involving like an assault, there’s really that deeper feeling of, of creating that change in the community and making it safer for the future. And some of the most landmark cases, the ones that, that people do get awards for and get recognition for are the ones where they have made a community safer. And they prevented these things from occurring in the future. And that’s, I think that’s absolutely fantastic.

Jessica Pride:
Well, isn’t that why we became lawyer? I mean, I feel like that’s why we became a lawyer to make a difference, to help people?

Landon Harlan:
Some people wanna be on billboards and look popular. so again, going back to this is all you have immersed your career into going back more than a decade. And I’ve had conversations with attorneys where they say they do sexual assault litigation work yet they’re meeting with a car accident client, you know, in 15 minutes after I leave the building. So there is quite a fundamental difference there.

Jessica Pride:
Yeah, I understand that. Unfortunately, I do not wanna see myself up on a billboard when I’m driving to work in the morning. That’s another thing that’s different about my firm as if you notice, and you know, you do notice ’cause you do our website, but we’ve made a conscious decision not to post how much we settle our cases for. And I can tell you, we have some largest settlements in California, but I did not want to post that or in the world for that matter, but we didn’t wanna post that because it wasn’t about that. It’s about justice and the number of lives we’ve changed. And that’s how we measure success here at this firm. Is did we make a difference for our clients in our community or the greater community? Yeah, that’s what makes me feel like I’m making this world a safer place for my daughter because I have a daughter and the statistics for when she goes to college are one in four, one in four.

I’ll be, I was gonna say, I’ll be damned. I don’t know if that’s PC … I’m not allowed to say it. Am I gonna be BLE bleeped out later? Um, but I’m not letting Naya be one of those statistics. If I have anything in my power to make it safer for her, for my niece, for my friend’s kids, for all of the children, I love that are here in this community and I can do something about it. I’m gonna do something about it. And I hope that she takes that my, you know, my you know, my daughter and she, a lot of times, unfortunately being a working mom, she has said to me a couple times, mommy, why can’t you pick me up from school? Mommy, why don’t you do this? Mommy? Why are you always working? You know, you’re always helping people, mommy, but what about me?

And I try as much to spend time with her too, but I explain to her the reason why mommy can’t pick you up from school. Like the other moms who, I mean, who aren’t working is mommy stands for something. And I hope when you grow up that you learn from that and you choose to stand for something and you try to make the world a better place. And that’s all I can ask for as a mom, I think is to create a good human who is doing good in the world. And so I try to lead by example and I hope when she’s older, she understands that even though I wasn’t at the bake sale and I didn’t show up to, you know, all the reading times at school, it wasn’t because I didn’t love her it’s because I wanted to show her something.

“I was at the CAOC seminar and just wanted to let you know that you are brilliant and inspiring. Thank you for speaking.”

– Attorney

“Jessica has been the epitome of the word excellent. She is always easy to talk to and very approachable. Always directly available. Very truthful and efficient. I highly recommend her and her team!!”

– Client of Jessica Pride 

“I was at the CAOC seminar and just wanted to let you know that you are brilliant and inspiring. Thank you for speaking.”

– attorney

“Jessica has been the epitome of the word excellent. She is always easy to talk to and very approachable. Always directly available. Very truthful and efficient. I highly recommend her and her team!!”

– Client of Jessica Pride 
Education
  • B.A. in English, University of California, Irvine
  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
Affiliations
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Co-Chair, Sexual Assault Litigations Group, AAJ
Awards and Honors
  • Super Lawyer for 2017, 2018, 2019
  • US News Best Lawyers 2018, 2019
  • San Diego County Top Attorney 2014
  • San Diego Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2014
  • Outstanding Service by a New Lawyer, San Diego County Bar Association, 2012
  • Top Young Attorneys, San Diego Transcript, 2008, 2009, 2012
  • Top 40 Under 40, San Diego Metro, 2011

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If you have been a victim of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, or workplace sexual harassment we are here to answer your questions, provide a free and confidential case evaluation, and connect you to resources. 

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2831 Camino Del Rio S., Suite 104
San Diego, CA 92108

Hours. M-F 8:30am - 5:00pm PST

Phone. ​(619) 516-8166

Fax. (619) 785-3414

 

 

 

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