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.