Jessica Rieken joined Bartell Powell, LLP in 2015 as an associate attorney. Her practice is primarily focused upon real estate, estate planning, health care and general business law matters.
Ms. Rieken received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology with honors from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2006. During her undergraduate studies and subsequent work with Seattle Children’s Hospital & Research Institute, Ms. Rieken worked with homeless youth, children with severe behavioral issues, adults struggling with addictive behaviors, and families with children diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Ms. Rieken later graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2011. In her first year of law school, she was awarded the First Place award in the UW’s Moot Court Mock Trial Competition. Ms. Rieken went on to be elected as Executive Comments Director for one of the law school’s top law journals. Ms. Rieken was also one of five students in her class chosen to work with the Innocence Project Northwest, which works to exonerate innocent prisoners using DNA and other new evidence. Ms. Rieken’s favorite memory of law school was being able to witness an IPNW client’s release after he spent more than 16 years falsely imprisoned.
In the summer after her first year of law school, Ms. Rieken worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Laura C. Inveen and Harry J. McCarthy, conducting legal research and drafting memoranda on matters before the Court. Throughout her second and third year, Ms. Rieken worked as a public defender with the Associated Counsel for the Accused in their felony drug unit where she represented clients throughout their duration in Seattle’s Drug Diversion Court.
Ms. Rieken is an Illinois native and was admitted to the Illinois Bar after moving back to the area. Throughout her career, Ms. Rieken has most enjoyed the opportunity to work directly with people to help creatively address issues they face, a skill she looks forward to incorporating in her legal career here in Champaign.
United States District Court: Central Illinois
University of Washington, B.S.
University of Washington, J.D.