Jessica Shay Morgan
Ms. Morgan is a Paducah, Kentucky native who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree from Murray State University in 2004 and worked for the Paducah Environmental Remediation Project for seven years prior to earning her Masters of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate degrees from Southern Illinois University School of Law. She held a judicial externship with Hon. McCracken Circuit Judge Craig Clymer and served as law clerk for Whitlow, Roberts, Houston and Straub, PLLC during law school and joined the firm as an Associate in 2015.
Ms. Morgan possesses a unique blend of business acumen and legal experience which serves her clients well. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Business degree, Ms. Morgan worked for the Paducah Environmental Remediation Project for seven years. In this position, she handled negotiations and dispute resolution with subcontractors and the U.S. Department of Energy and served as subject matter expert for the Federal Acquisition Regulations and U.S. Department of Energy Acquisition Regulations.
While enrolled in the joint JD/MBA program at Southern Illinois University, she held a judicial externship with Hon. McCracken County Circuit Judge Craig Clymer in both civil and criminal courts, served as Taylor Mattis Fellow where she taught and mentored first year law students, and was voted Best Comment/Casenote Editor for the Southern Illinois University Law Journal.
Since joining Whitlow, Roberts, Houston and Straub, PLLC, Ms. Morgan has advised businesses on matters related to real estate, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, contracts, and tax matters. She has also handled numerous disputes and litigation related to real estate and business matters.
Ms. Morgan’s real estate practice includes performing title exams for residential and commercial properties, drafting documents associated with real estate transaction such as purchase agreements, mortgages, deeds, easements, and leases, and assisting with financed and cash sale real estate closings.
Ms. Morgan also assists clients with the resolution of real estate disputes through document correction and litigation.
Ms. Morgan’s employment law practice includes experience in interpretation and implementation of employment policies and procedures related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and the opinions and interpretations of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the context of corporate law, municipal law, and school law. She has advised many local professionals regarding drafting employment contracts and independent contractor agreements. Ms. Morgan also has experience with labor union contracts and negotiations.
Ms. Morgan’s litigation experience includes landlord/tenant disputes, real estate litigation, business financing and contract disputes, foreclosure actions, collections, and minors’ settlements. She is also experienced in bankruptcy law, focusing primarily on creditors’ rights and collection efforts.
Ms. Morgan was named a Kentucky Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2017 for business and corporate law.
Licenses and Associations
- American Bar Association
- Kentucky Bar Association, 2015
- McCracken County Bar Association, 2015
- Supreme Court of Kentucky, 2015
- S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 2015
- Illinois Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Southern Illinois University School of Law, Jurisprudence Doctorate Degree, 2015, magna cum laude. She was the recipient of the Top 10 Award, the Academic Excellence Award, the Cali Excellence for the Future Award and was on the Dean’s List for five semesters.
- Southern Illinois University College of Business, Master of Business Administration Degree, 2015, concurrent program with her Jurisprudence Doctorate Degree.
- Murray State University, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, 2004, honors diploma, summa cum laude. She was named Outstanding Senior Woman, awarded the Presidential Scholarship and was on the Dean’s List every semester. She also studied international business abroad at the University of Regensburg in Regensburg, Germany.
Publications and Presentations
- Presentation, “E-Discovery in Litigation,” West Kentucky Paralegals, 2015
- “Must the Corporation Pay for the Sins of the Employee after United States ex rel. Vavra v. Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., 727 F.3d 343(5th Cir. 2013)?” SIU Law Journal, Spring 2015.
- “What Not to Say When Stepping Off of a Plane in Tokyo: a Comparison of American and Japanese Business Practices” (Murray State University Honors Thesis, 2004).
- Paducah Citizens Advisory Board Member
- Yeiser Art Center Board Member
- Rotary Club of Paducah
- Worship Leader/Music Ministry at Lone Oak First Baptist Church
- Former Chair of the Murray Head Start Policy Council
- Leadership Paducah Class #30