Jessica C. Samford

Partner

Atlanta, GA
D 770.303.8640 | F 770.937.9960
[email protected]

Education

  • J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, magna cum laude
  • B.B.A., B.A., University of Georgia, summa cum laude
Overview

Jessica Samford is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary’s Insurance Coverage and Extra-Contractual Liability National Practice Section as well as its Professional Liability / Errors and Omissions National Practice Section. Ms. Samford has experience representing insurance professionals and insurance companies in various liability and bad faith claims in and out of Georgia courtrooms. A large part of Ms. Samford’s practice includes insurance coverage analysis and litigation, especially declaratory judgment actions. She also defends legal professionals as part of the Lawyers Professional Liability Practice Team. Additionally, Ms. Samford has some in-house experience as a cyber and media claim manager for an international specialty insurance company.

Before joining Freeman Mathis & Gary, Ms. Samford clerked for the Honorable Clay D. Land of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.  She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law, magna cum laude, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif. She also served as an articles editor for the Georgia Law Review and a teaching assistant for Legal Research & Writing and has received awards for excellence in Evidence and in Legal Research and Writing.  During law school, Ms. Samford also interned for Chief Judge Lawton E. Stephens of the Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County.

Prior to law school, Ms. Samford earned two undergraduate degrees - her Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business with an emphasis in Legal Studies and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish - from the University of Georgia, where she graduated summa cum laude and with Highest Honors from the Honors Program.

Ms. Samford is actively involved in the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and strives to live up to the challenge of making an “Infinite Impact” as a 2018 graduate of Leadership Cobb.

Bar Admissions

Georgia

Georgia Court of Appeals

Supreme Court of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Georgia

Publications & Engagements
  • “Insurance Requirements and First Amendment Rights of Freedom of Speech and Assembly” FMG BlogLine (July 2020)
Representative Cases & Clients
  • Popham v. Landmark Am. Ins. Co., 340 Ga. App. 603, 798 S.E.2d 257 (2017)
  • Am. Reliable Ins. Co. v. Lancaster, 356 Ga. App. 854, 849 S.E.2d 697 (2020)
  • Gemini Ins. Co. v. Stafford Transp., Inc., Civil Action No. 3:15-cv-130-TCB (N.D. Ga. 2016), aff’d Gemini Ins. Co. v. Castro, 723 Fed. Appx. 797 (11th Cir. 2018)
  • Nationwide Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Renaissance Bliss, LLC, 396 F. Supp. 3d 1287 (N.D. Ga. 2019), aff’d 823 Fed. Appx. 815 (11th Cir. 2020)
Affiliations
  • Cobb Chamber of Commerce
    • Leadership Cobb Class of 2018
    • Leadership Cobb Alumni Association
    • Cobb Young Professionals
  • State Bar of Georgia
Classes/Seminars Taught
  • “Could There Be Any Insurance Coverage for the Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire?” FMG BlogLine (May 2019)
  • “Lawyering & Social Media,” FMG Webinar (September 2018) 
  • “Is Georgia Game for Growing Bad Faith Liability?” FMG BlogLine (July 2018)
  • “Tax Day Troubles?” FMG BlogLine (April 2018)
  • “In Defending Legal Malpractice Suits in Georgia, When Subsequent Legal Counsel Was Retained Could Be Crucial,” FMG BlogLine (November 2017)
  • “Bad Faith Failure to Settle in Georgia and California,” FMG Webinar (October 2017)
  • “It Can Take Much Less Than Fraud to Forfeit Insurance Coverage,” FMG BlogLine (March 2017)
  • “Insurance Claims ‘Arising Out Of’ Halloween Festivities,” FMG BlogLine (October 19, 2016)
  • “Insurance Coverage Fundamentals:  Reservations of Rights and Declaratory Judgement Actions,” co-presenter, (May 2016)
  • “Accident at Wrigley Field and What that Means in the Insurance World,” FMG BlogLine (April 2016)
  • “Ashley Madison Hack Raises Questions of Insurable Loss,” FMG BlogLine (September 2015)
  • “A Day Late and a Dollar Short,” FMG BlogLine (March 2015)
  • “Georgia Insurance Coverage Core Workout,” co-presenter, FMG Seminar/Webinar (2015)
  • “Aiding and Abetting Claims Against Professionals,” co-author, DRI (2014)