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Jessica Backer Brand, Esq.

Biography

Jessica Backer Brand, Esq. graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, with a B.S. in psychology, and received her J.D. from Albany Law School, with a concentration in Family and Elder Law. She served as Managing Editor of Research and Writing on the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology. She has extensive legal experience, having worked as Assistant Attorney General with the New York State Office of the Attorney General, in private practice in the fields of estate planning, elder law and environmental law, and in the non-for-profit sector. Jessica has presented at continuing legal education seminars on the topic of Kinship Law. Jessica is actively involved in her community. She is a member of the board of the Bethlehem Central Community Foundation, she is the Fund Liaison to the Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region, is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Albany County Family Court Children's Center and volunteers at her children's school. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and exploring the Adirondacks. She is pleased to bring her legal acumen, empathy and client counseling skills to Vella, Carbone & Associates.

Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York
    • J.D.
    • Major: Family and Elder Law
  • Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
    • B.A.
    • Major: Psychology

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2002

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association

Current Employment Position

  • Associate

Languages

  • English
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Practice Areas:

  • Estate Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Administration
  • Guardianship Practice

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Bethlehem Central Community Foundation, Board Member
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Albany County Family Court Children’s Center
  • Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region, Fund Liaison
  • Bates College, Alumni Interviewer
  • Volunteer Attorney, US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants

Past Positions

  • New York State Office of the Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General
  • Nassau County Legal Aid Society, Staff Attorney
  • Albany County Bar Association, Staff Attorney
  • Private Sector