Jessica N. Beyer
Jessica N. Beyer had developed a diverse range of legal experience by the time she joined Hardison & Cochran in 2011.
As a student at St. John’s University School of Law in New York, she developed her legal skills in a variety of ways beyond the classroom. She worked as a law guardian in the St. John’s Child Advocacy Clinic, representing children who were in foster care. She also interned at the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, working with donors to help care for animals that are held as evidence in cruelty cases. And she took part in a student program to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina with legal services.
After receiving her J.D. in 2008, she joined a business litigation firm in Boston and remained there for a year before taking a job at Hardison & Cochran when her husband landed a job in the Raleigh area. For Beyer, it was a return to the state where she received her undergraduate education. She received a B.A. in sociology at Duke University in 2004.
From the start, Beyer has worked in Hardison & Cochran’s Mass Torts Division, and she has handled numerous cases that have concluded with significant results for clients.
In 2014, Beyer was on the trial team that achieved a $1 million jury verdict for a young woman who was injured when the car she was riding in was struck by a motorist who ran a red light. Another of her notable cases, in 2015, was a $975,000 settlement of a Federal Tort Claim involving wrongful death of an infant.
Although Beyer loves the competitive aspects of litigation, she also likes its intellectual challenges and enjoys writing and research.
“I like to figure things out, like a puzzle, to find where everything fits,” she says. “I like to research the issues and figure out the arguments.”
Her personal interests include reading, photography, and travel. She’s also an animal lover, caring for several pets at home.