As a graduate of the University of South Florida and Stetson University College of Law, as well as a Lakewood Ranch native, I am passionate about making a difference through my professional work and personal contributions to the Sarasota and Tampa communities. I look forward to developing my practical and leadership skills, along with my gained experience in law, to partner with clients in the common, proactive goal of furthering their business, while minimizing conflict and avoiding litigation.
Jessica Zelitt practices as a litigator representing clients within the construction, commercial, and real estate arenas in all phases of the litigation process. Working mainly with businesses in civil litigation, Jessica has experience analyzing claims, deposing witnesses, shepherding discovery, drafting motions and other court-required documentation, and completing pre-trial preparations.
Jessica was valedictorian of the Spring 2022 class at Stetson University College of Law and was honored with the American Law Institute CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award. She was an editor of the Stetson Law Review, where she harnessed her passion for healthcare law and policy research. She participated in the Honors Program, a legal research and writing experience available only to select law students. Jessica was a member of the Dispute Resolution Board, competing as part of a team that swept the 2022 Florida Bar International Law section’s Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot event.
While in law school, Jessica served as a judicial extern in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida. She was also a Research and Teaching Assistant for Stetson University College of Law Professor Marco Jimenez, gaining experience in contract law. Also in law school, Jessica was the President of the Jewish Law Student Association and a member of the Student Leadership Development Committee.
Earning her Bachelor of Science in public health with a minor in political science, Jessica graduated from the University of South Florida, summa cum laude, in 2019, also receiving the King O’Neal Scholar Award. While an undergraduate student, she was honored by the Tampa Jewish Federation as a Woman of Distinction. She was a board member of the Order of Omega Honor Society; president of Bulls for Israel, a culture and advocacy organization; and she studied abroad with USF programs in London and Cuba.
A native of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, Jessica is active in the community, particularly advocating for affordable insulin for those with diabetes; Jessica was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the young age of 8. She is also active within the local Jewish community, having volunteered with the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Aviva Senior Living, and United Synagogue Youth.
- Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2022
- University of South Florida, B.S., 2019
Areas of Practice
Pay or Die: Evaluating the United States Insulin Pricing Crisis and Realistic Solutions to End It, Stetson Law Review (Volume 50, Issue 3)