Jessica M. McDowell

Jessica M. McDowell

Kansas City, Missouri

Growing up in a small mid-Missouri town, my parents instilled in me the importance of hard work. My father is a plumber, and my mother works for the University of Missouri-Columbia. When I moved to Kansas City for law school, I knew I wanted to defend the rights of hardworking individuals like my family and friends back home.

After graduating law school, I worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Jack R. Grate in Jackson County Circuit Court. I learned the ins and outs of litigation, and the most effective ways to represent clients in the courtroom. In practice, I truly enjoy listening to the stories of my clients, which range from workplace discrimination and sexual harassment, to retaliation and wrongful termination. I also represent children who experience bullying, harassment, and abuse in the public school setting. I value each of my clients, and feel the
greatest sense of satisfaction from achieving justice on his or her behalf.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Discrimination/Retaliation
  • Bullying/Harassment
  • Sexual Abuse

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 2017
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 2017


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Law Review: UMKC Law Review, Managing Editor, 2015 - 2016
  • University of Missouri - Columbia
    • B.A. magna cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Interpersonal Communication

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Employment Lawyers Association - Kansas City, Member, 2017 - Present
  • Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, Member, 2016 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Jack R. Grate, Jackson County Circuit Court, Law Clerk, 2016 - 2017