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Education

Columbia University School of Law, JD, 2010
New York, NY 
Kent Scholar 
Jane Marks Murphy Prize for proficiency in advocacy in clinical offerings 
Human Rights Law Review, Executive Editor of A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual 
Domestic Violence Project, Chair 
Native American Law Students Association, Moot Court Coach  

Wellesley College, BA, cum laude, 2006
Wellesley, MA 
Jean V. Crawford Prize in Chemistry

Bar Admissions

Connecticut 

Maine

District of Columbia

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Memberships

American Bar Association

Energy Bar Association

Clerkships

The Hon. Andrew M. Mead, Maine Supreme Judicial Court, 2010–2011 

Jessica R. Bell Associate

Jessica Bell has dedicated herself to serving the legal needs of clients on the public interest side of our nation’s infrastructure, working with municipal and state clients on a variety of issues across the firm’s practice areas before federal agencies and in state and federal courts.

Jessica advocates for clients on energy matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Her transactional work has included the negotiation of a set of agreements concerning a customer transfer and the interpretation of contracts concerning the joint ownership of a nuclear plant. 

On transportation matters, Jessica advocates for clients before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), as well as before state and federal appellate courts.  She has represented airports sponsors in administrative and court challenges to TSA’s proposal to shift exit lane monitoring responsibilities and drafted comments on FAA’s proposed hangar use policy. 

Jessica’s work in the area of telecommunications includes advocating on behalf of municipal clients in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rulemakings and counseling clients on compliance with new FCC rules. 

Before joining Spiegel, Jessica completed a two-year Honors Attorney Fellowship in the Office of General Counsel of the EPA, where she worked on implementing environmental programs in Indian Country and issues and requirements in agency rulemakings.  She was awarded bronze medals from the Office of General Counsel and the Office of Environmental Information for her work.  Prior to her fellowship, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew M. Mead of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. 

PRACTICE FOCUS

Electricity, Environmental issues in energy, Telecommunications and Airports.

Representative Matters

  • Counseled co-owner of a nuclear plant when the other owner decided to transfer its NRC license.
  • Counseled municipal utility and state regulator clients regarding EPA Clean Air Act rulemakings setting performance standards for power plants. 
  • Drafted brief amicus curiae on behalf of Airports Council International—North America about aircraft noise in the Washington State Court of Appeals. Admasu v. Port of Seattle, 340 P.3d 873 (Wash. Ct. App. 2014).
  • Defended airport sponsors in front of FAA against claims that airport sponsors were in violation of Grant Assurances.
  • Drafted brief amicus curiae on behalf of municipal governments in the Supreme Court. T-Mobile S., LLC v. City of Roswell, 83 U.S.L.W. 4047 (U.S. Jan. 14, 2015) (No. 13-975).