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Jessica A. Tracy

  • Partner and Chair of Appellate Practice

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Ms. Tracy’s practice is mainly focused on commercial and business litigation, employment litigation and appellate practice.

Prior to joining CMS, Ms. Tracy’s transactional practice included the representation of lenders and borrowers in connection with business acquisition and development loans, construction loans, multi-property financing transactions, leasing and mortgage based lending, and SBA financing. She also has extensive experience negotiating and drafting commercial agreements for a broad range of matters in connection with the representation of small and medium sized businesses.

At the same time, Ms. Tracy also drafted various motions and appeals in a multitude of commercial matters, and managed a docket of over 170 tax appeals, including negotiating and settling cases, and trial preparation. Her love for litigation and appellate law began with her clerkship with the Honorable Edwin H. Stern, Presiding Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.

Ms. Tracy brought her love of the courtroom to the academic classroom, teaching Appellate Advocacy and Persuasive Writing at both Seton Hall University School of Law and Drew University for over a decade. Her mission was to inspire students to appreciate the importance of legal writing and its universal application to all attorneys in every field of law, with the goal of motivating students to be fearless, winning, professional writers.


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D. – 1999
    • Honors: Intrascholastic Moot Court Board
    • Honors: “Dedication and Contribution Award” for Moot Court Board Excellence
  • University of Colorado Boulder
    • B.A. – 1995
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admission

  • New Jersey

Classes & Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor, Appellate Advocacy, Seton Hall University School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Persuasive Writing, Drew University

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Seton Hall School of Law Appellate Advocacy Oral Argument Judge, 2004 to 2008

Professional Associations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Gamma Phi Beta

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