PRINT PAGEJessica Fonseca-NaderSpecial Counsel

Jessica Fonseca-Nader joined BSKS in 2006 as Special Counsel.  Ms. Fonseca-Nader is a research and writing specialist who, as a former appellate law clerk, has concentrated experience in appellate matters and litigation support in both state and federal court. Ms. Fonseca-Nader is currently part of the firm’s Civil Division.

Ms. Fonseca-Nader is also an Assistant Professor of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law where she teaches Legal Research & Writing, Advanced Legal Research & Writing (Pre-trial Practice), and Appellate Advocacy.

BSKS Experience

Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Dev. Co., LLC. v. Fields.

The firm represented the developer of the Seminole Hard Rock and Casino project in a dispute involving the development of the project. Ms. Fonseca-Nader was responsible for preparing and drafting motions and pleadings in the matter.

MMC Royalty Svcs., LLC v. Atkins,

The firm represented the widow of diet guru Dr. Atkins in a dispute involving the widow’s personal representatives. Ms. Fonseca-Nader was responsible for preparing and drafting motions and pleadings in the matter.

Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. v. Rolls-Royce, Plc.

In the firm's representation of Rolls-Royce in a dispute involving the marketing and operation of the Mermaid propulsion systems installed on RCCL’s Millennium class ships. Ms. Fonseca-Nader was responsible for preparing and drafting motions and pleadings in the matter.

Carnival Corp. v. Rolls-Royce, Plc.

In the firm's representation of Rolls-Royce in a dispute involving the marketing and operation of the Mermaid propulsion systems installed on the Queen Mary 2. Ms. Fonseca-Nader was responsible for preparing and drafting motions and pleadings in the matter.

Rolls-Royce, Plc. v. Royal & Sun Alliance Ins. Plc.

The firm represents Rolls-Royce in an insurance coverage dispute concerning the insurers’ denial of claims arising from the Mermaid pods litigation.

Crystal Cruises, Inc. v. Rolls-Royce, Plc.

The firm represents Rolls-Royce in a dispute involving the marketing and operation of the Mermaid propulsion systems installed on the Crystal Serenity. Ms. Fonseca-Nader is responsible for preparing and drafting the pleadings and motions in the matter.

Prior Experience

Ms. Fonseca-Nader started her legal career as an associate at Bunnell, Woulfe, Kirschbaum, Keller, McIntyre, an Insurance and Medical Malpractice Defense firm, where she concentrated her practice to the areas of appellate practice and litigation support.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Fonseca-Nader was a career clerk for the Honorable David L. Levy and later to Barbara Lagoa at the Florida Third District Court of Appeal for eight years, including during Judge Levy’s tenure as Chief Judge. During her time at the Third District Court of Appeal, Ms. Fonseca-Nader was an instructor at the Legal Studies Institute at Florida International University.  While there, she taught Legal Research, Introduction to Paralegalism, Business Organizations, and Contracts.

Ms. Fonseca-Nader is the Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Scholarships at the St. Thomas University School of Law.  She also teaches Legal Research and Writing, Advanced Legal Research and Writing, a Pre-Litigation Practice course, and Appellate Advocacy to first and second year law students there. Professor Fonseca-Nader also teaches a Moral Dilemmas Seminar and Art of Lawyering.  Ms. Fonseca-Nader is a member of the Academic Integrity Committee, the Academic Standing Committee, and faculty advisor to the St. Thomas Law Review. 

Ms. Fonseca-Nader is the author of Florida’s Comprehensive Medical Malpractice Reform Act: Is it Time for a Change?  8 St. Thomas L. Rev. 551 (1996)

Awards and Recognition

  • Editor-in-Chief of St. Thomas Law Review, 1996-1997
  • Instructor of the Year, FIU Legal Studies Institute, 2005

Court Admissions

  • Florida, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1997 

Memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Cuban American Bar Association

Languages

  • Spanish