Jessica Rodriguez-Wahlquist Associate Attorney
Jessica Rodriguez-Wahlquist Jessica Rodriguez-Wahlquist Associate Attorney

Jessica Rodriguez-Wahlquist

Jessica Rodriguez-Wahlquist is a native Spanish speaker born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Houston, Texas.

After double majoring in Economics and International Business at Sam Houston State University, Jessica was offered a scholarship to DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. During her third year at DePaul, she became a visiting student at South Texas College of Law in Houston where, amongst many other extracurricular activities, she was chosen to be part of the #1 moot court team in the nation. She went on to compete across the country and gathered an extensive list of awards as a result of her outstanding performance advocating in a variety of issues like protecting second amendment rights, negotiating a $2.25 billion stock acquisition deal, and defending immigrant rights.

Jessica is a proud member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and its Women’s Caucus, the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, the Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston, the American Association for Justice, and numerous Houston Bar Association committees. She continues to give back to South Texas College of Law by volunteering as an advocacy coach for the varsity moot court team, which continues to rank #1 in the nation.

In 2020 Jessica joined the Stewart J Guss team, where she focuses her practice on serious injuries, including but not limited to catastrophic personal injuries, product liability, and wrongful death claims.

Jessica believes in the value of hard work and is passionate about helping anyone in need. She knows justice is not achieved with a one-size-fits-all approach, and she gives personalized care and creative strategies to each of her clients in order to maximize their compensation.

In her free time, Jessica loves to travel with her husband and their two dogs, Gatsby and Clauclau.

Get to Know: Jessica Rodriguez-Wahlquist

Why did you get into Personal Injury Law? “In 2010 I was the victim of a catastrophic car accident caused by a negligent pizza delivery driver. I was unable to walk for weeks, couldn’t sleep, lost a college scholarship opportunity, and was overwhelmed by all the legal issues. It was because of this struggle that I decided to become an attorney so I could defend personal injury victims like myself.”

How do you celebrate after a big win for a client? “A nice steak and a good night’s rest. After a win, I like to recharge for the next challenge.”

What does it mean to you to work for Stewart J Guss, Attorney at Law? “It means working with a group of incredibly talented individuals who truly care about their clients and the life-changing events that led them to hire us. It means a firm who sees their clients as family and not dollar signs. It means working every single day to make the world a better place by correcting wrongs to rights through justice.”

Do you have any hidden talents or surprising hobbies? “I have a natural talent for archery and I love it. I’ve been a pretty good graphic designer, tech geek, and photographer since the age of eleven.”

What did you think you were going to be when growing up? “CIA agent, then secretary of state, and then lawyer.”

What is your go-to comfort food? “Beef pho or lamb vindaloo.”

What is your favorite TV show or movie? “2001: A Space Odyssey or any other Stanley Kubrick films. Dexter, the TV series. (Not to be confused with the cartoon!)”

If you could know more about one thing, what would it be? “Cancer and finding a cure.”

Publications

Succeeding in Law School Alumni Attorney Panel
Engagement and Politics, Huntsville, TX, Sam Houston State University’s Center for Law, Engagement And Politics

Lawyers Gone Wild – Sanctionable Conduct by Opposing Counsel
Spring Seminar, Charleston, South Carolina

Quality over quantity is my motto. Justice is not achieved by a one-size-fits-all approach. I review each case carefully, so that each client receives a personalized and HIGH-QUALITY litigation strategy to maximize their compensation.

Education

Depaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
Juris Doctor

South Texas college of law, Houston, Texas

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Advocate, The Honorable Sharon S. McCally Moot Court Tournament
  • Champion, Transactional LawMeets Regional Competition – Colorado
  • National Quarter-Finalist, Transactional LawMeets National Competition – New York
  • Best Appellate Brief, Evans Constitutional Moot Court Competition – Wisconsin
  • National Semi-Finalist, Evans Constitutional Moot Court Competition – Wisconsin
  • CALI Award, Contracts Negotiation and Drafting
  • Dean’s Honor List
  • CALI Award, Intellectual Property for Corporate Transactional Lawyers
  • Finalist, DePaul Moot Court Society Intramural Competition
  • Ms. JD Leadership Academy Class of 2017, NWLSA and Harvard Law School
  • Outstanding Senior in International Business Award
  • Economics Scholarship Recipient
  • Dr. John Holcombe Scholarship Recipient
  • Sam Houston Austin Internship Program Scholarship Recipient

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