Areas of Practice

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate & Trust Administration
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Juris Doctor, Rutgers Law School – Camden, cum laude
Bachelor of Arts, Boston College, cum laude

Honors & Awards

- Named a Top Rated Elder Law Lawyer in the Massachusetts Rising Star List/Super Lawyers, published in Boston Magazine, 2018 - Named to the Massachusetts Rising Star List 2016-2019, published in Boston Magazine - The New Jersey Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Award, 2012 - Lead New Developments Editor for the Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion, 2011-2012 - Teaching Assistant, Estate Planning I, 2012 - Teaching Assistant, Legal Analysis, Writing & Research 2011-2012 - The American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics Health Law Award , 2011 - President, Health Law Society, 2010-2011

Published Works

People v.US v. Obama: An Analysis of Religious Challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion, Fall 2010 (as Jessica Donoghue).

Teaching & Speaking Engagements

Lecturer for: - Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education - Half-Moon Seminars - Boston Tax Institute

Professional Associations

- Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
- Boston Estate Planning Council
- Boston Bar Association
- Massachusetts Bar Association

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

About Me

Jessica is a partner at Pabian & Russell that specializes in estate planning, elder law, and probate litigation. She co-manages the firm’s elder law practice. Prior to becoming an attorney, Jessica worked in geriatric social services. During this time, Jessica developed a deep understanding of the issues that seniors and their families face in navigating public benefits and planning for incapacity. She takes a dynamic approach by working with families, Life Care Managers, and financial professionals to proactively plan for the future and to problem-solve in crisis situations. She also enjoys working with young families to implement comprehensive estate plans that provide them with peace of mind. Jessica lives on the South Shore with her husband and two sons.

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