Ms. Jessica L. Welch
Phone : (251) 441-9229
Phone : (251) 441-9283
LL.M., Taxation, Georgetown
University Law Center, 2012
J.D., University of Alabama
School of Law, 2011
B.S., Psychology, summa cum
laude, Spring Hill College, 2008
Jessica Welch proudly identifies herself as a tax attorney and gladly accepts any “math nerd” ribbing that comes her way. With an LLM in taxation and a Certificate in Estate Planning, she is well prepared to assist clients with benefits planning, ERISA compliance, drafting retirement plans, 401K compliance, drafting wills and trusts, preparing power of attorney documents and healthcare directives, probating wills, and administering trusts and ensuring they are compliant.
Jessica assists healthcare clients with their benefits’ planning and enjoys ensuring the plans are correct so as to not incur penalties and to receive all possible tax advantages. She also works with these clients to ensure they remain compliant with the Affordable Healthcare Act.
Jessica also represents non-profits and charitable organizations, and is passionate about assisting these entities in correctly drafting their articles of incorporation and ensuring there are compliant with the many regulatory requirements in place for these types of organizations.
Prior to going into private practice, Jessica served as the Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Roderick P. Stout in the 13th Judicial Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama where she worked on a wide variety of civil matters. This background provided an excellent foundation by giving her firsthand knowledge about how judges think, work and what matters to them.
Jessica enjoys the creative side of planning, especially in estate work where there are many alternatives to reaching the best solution. Her goal is to be known as a responsive knowledge pool for her clients. She enjoys working with a dynamic array of individuals and explaining complicated tax rules so that they are easily understood.
Drafted estate planning documents such as wills, trusts, power of attorney and healthcare directives) for individual clients
Provided tax and planning advice to a number of business and non-profit corporations, professional corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs)
Provides ongoing advice to clients on employee benefit and retirement tax planning and compliance
Probates and administers estates and trusts on behalf of individuals
Provides ongoing advice to healthcare client on hospital and healthcare law related matters
Assisted in multiple residential real estate transactions including contract preparation and review, and drafting deeds, purchase agreements and promissory notes.
Honors and Awards
Spring Hill College Honors
Graduated summa cum laude
Presidential Scholarship recipient
President’s Scholar in Psychology (highest honor in major discipline)
Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit National Honor Society)
National Honor Society President Psi Chi (psychology honor society)
Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy Honor Society)
Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology Honor Society)
Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities
Foley Center for Community Service Volunteer Award
UA Law Honors
University of Alabama Federal Tax Clinic Scholarship Recipient
Executive Officer Dorbin Association (Women’s Law Association)
Professional and Community Involvement
2014, Mobile Bar Association
State of Alabama – 13th Judicial Circuit – Mobile County Circuit Court – Civil Law Clerk for the Hon. Roderick P. Stout, 2012-2014
Research Assistant – Prof. Kenneth Rosen – Financial Services Legislation Law Review Article, 2011
Bill review and charting of code provisions Alabama League of Municipalities
2010 Model City Ordinance Review Program – Worked with municipalities in Alabama editing, reviewing, amending and drafting city ordinances. Alabama Law Institute
2009 Legal Research Assistant – Edited legislative handbooks and created cross-reference tables for Alabama Business Entities Code.
2011, Alabama State Bar
What Our Clients are Saying
I was in an unusual estate dispute and I found Jessica Welch to have the upmost traits of a compassionate listener. She showed assertiveness, she was creative with issues that came up unexpectedly with my unique case, and most of all she showed perseverance. Jessica handled my case in a very professionally manner and kept us out of court. Jessica also proved the other party was not in Good Faith, which meant a lot to me. She responded to my phone calls or emails in a timely manner. I felt extremely safe knowing Jessica was handling my case and interest. Jessica’s assistant, Shelly was great to work with throughout the case and her work ethics are highly outstanding. I would highly recommend Jessica Welch to any of my friends and anyone that needs an outstanding professional estate attorney.
“My husband and I were referred to Johnstone Adams in the spring of last year. We are working very closely with Jessica Welch and Greg Watts on an ongoing and unwanted family estate matter. Ms. Welch and Mr. Watts have been so professional and knowledgeable.
In addition, considering the nature of the suit, Jessica has provided my husband and I with a peace of mind we didn”t think was possible during this extremely stressful time of our lives. She is an amazing trial attorney. They have gone above and beyond. To sum it up, I have nothing but the utmost respect and appreciation for them. I would strongly reccomend either of them to my dearest friends and family members. I’m so thankful that we stumbled upon them. I’m actually going to miss Jessica Welch when this is all over.”
“My wife and I approached Johnstone Adams to help us make a better informed decision regarding her immigration. They have been a truly invaluable asset. They brought their knowledge, experience, confidence, and calm demeanor to the process, which put our minds at ease. The worry and anxiety that we were facing melted away, and we have been, literally, hand-held during this daunting process. We can’t thank or recommend Johnstone Adams enough and look forward to continuing to use their services in the future.”
“I am currently using this law firm and they are informative, keeping me up to date with my case, and they return your calls/emails immediately. I am very satisfied.”
“Johnstone Adams was a great help when it came to drawing up our family’s will and advanced directives prior to the birth of our first son. These are certainly things that no one wants to think about, but the process was easy. They were professional and knowledgeable, answering all of our questions along the way with compassion and sensitivity. Johnstone Adams responded quickly to any questions and was easy to get in touch with! We would highly recommend them for any legal work!!”
“Jessica’s advice and assistance with our family’s interests in a probate matter was exceptional from beginning to end– always thoughtful, responsive and efficient, and focused and timely.
It was a genuine pleasure for the doubtless incorrigibly demanding old lawyer that I am to have a professional of her outstanding caliber assisting me on this matter—both generally and in my role as executor in particular—in a jurisdiction unfamiliar to me and on a matter completely outside of my own experience and expertise.
I might also point out that she was really excellent in interfacing, always in a timely and solution-oriented manner, with other parties involved in our matter to help keep our initiatives on track—including attorneys dealing with the disposition of residential real estate and financial assets.
Jessica and her excellent assistant, Shelly Perrone, also offered and provided pragmatic and efficient solutions to logistical and execution issues made significantly more challenging than usual given the COVID-19 crisis and my own location far from Mobile– in Paris, France.”