Desha Jackson became an attorney for one reason, and one reason only—to seek justice and make a difference. She has dedicated her entire 25-year career to this cause, as a government attorney, a prosecutor, a policy lawyer, and now as managing lawyer of her own firm, Desha Jackson Law Group, LLC, for the last eight years. It is her life’s mission, and through her tireless work, she has been able to affect change and make positive contributions for the betterment of people and society. “I became a lawyer to help people. If I can make a positive change and contribution, my career has been worthwhile,” she explains.
Although she’s served in private practice for thirteen years, Desha founded her own firm eight years ago with an unwavering determination to make a difference. She focuses primarily on representing clients in discrimination cases, most of whom are female and minorities, and she fights for them with the hope that through her work, she is able to help to eradicate injustice, racism, sexism, and disability and age discrimination. She is a fierce legal mind with a stellar reputation and an enviable career who has garnered a cache of industry awards, including inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Editions 2006 through 2009 and recognition as a Rising Star in Super Lawyers 2005. But in Desha’s mind, what makes her different is one simple, human characteristic that drives her—she truly cares.
Desha’s experience as both a private and public attorney over her career sets her apart from her legal counterparts. Her roles included of counsel to the Law Office of Evelyn Padin, and then associate with Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer, where she was assigned to the Employment Law Team. As a government attorney, she served as the assistant director of the Equal Employment Division and Regulatory and Legal Affairs of the New Jersey Department of Corrections, as legal consultant for the City of Newark's Public Safety Department- in charge of their racial profiling consent decree unit and lead hearing officer for all fire and police discipline, as the first black female prosecutor hired in the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in their 150 year history in 1997 and as a deputy attorney general (DAG) for the Department of Law and Public Safety Office. As a DAG she was assigned to the Office of State Police Affairs from 2002-2007, where she assisted with providing oversight of the New Jersey State Police to enforce the racial profiling consent decree, and primarily served as the prosecutor in disciplinary proceedings against New Jersey State Troopers. In 2004, Ms. Jackson was promoted to deputy director and served as acting director from October 2006 to March of 2007. During her tenure at the Department of Law and Public Safety she argued a case in the New Jersey Supreme Court, State v. Roberts, where she prevailed 7-0 regarding how much time management has to charge a State Trooper with discipline.
Desha also practices sports and entertainment law as CEO of her company, DLJ Sports and Entertainment Connections. As an FIBA agent, she represents basketball players internationally and leads a team of NFL-certified agents. In addition, she is a past president of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association—the first black woman to lead the organization—and a past president of the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey. Her commitment to helping people extends beyond her professional life with a charity that she describes as “a project of my heart to give back to people,” through which she has given to upwards of 20 charities over the past nine years to support homeless shelters, recreation programs, people who are sick, etc.
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Freehold, New Jersey, 07728
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