The College of the STATE BAR OF TEXAS Professionalism Through Education

60% commercial and business litigation

40% family law litigation

10% commercial arbitrationPro Bono

10% administrative appeals

**very select criminal cases, only done on a case by case basis


  • Oregon State Bar, Certified Law Clerk, 2010-2011
  • State Bar of Texas, April 2011 Bar No.: 24076175 admitted and in good standing
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2011 admitted and in good standing
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2012 admitted and in good standing
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 2013 admitted and in good standing
  • United States Supreme Court, 2015 Bar No.: 295384 admitted and in good standing
  • 16th Judicial District Court, Jackson County, Missouri Admitted and good standing pro hac vice 2015


  • Texas State Bar College, 2014-present
  • Certified Guardian and Attorney Ad Litem, State Bar of Texas, 2015-2017
  • Texas State Bar Pro Bono College Qualifying member 2015
  • Inducted Honorary Member of Biltmore's Who's Who registry and qualifying inclusion in the 2011-present published rendition of the Biltmore's Who's Who annual registry. 2011-present.


  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York, Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Thomas J. McAvoy, 2002
  • United States Attorneys Office (DOJ), Law Clerk, 2002-2003
  • Woodburn & Wedge, Associate, 2003-2005
  • Baker, Sterchi, Cowden and Rice, Federal Jury Trial Team Litigation Assistant, 2010
  • Law Office of Dennis Messoline, Certified Law Clerk, 2010-2011
  • Oregon Attorney General's Office, Trial Division (DOJ), Litigation Assistant, 2010-2011
  • Law Office of Jennifer K. Gjesvold, Esq., Attorney-Owner, 2011-present


  • Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York
    • Juris Doctor 2004
    • Top 1/3
  • University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California
    • Visiting Student, 2003-2004
  • Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 1999
    • Summa Cum Laude
  • Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice-Corrections, 1999
      • Summa Cum Laude
  • Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon
    • o Graduate of 2-year Honors Program, 1999
  • Portland Community College
  • o Associate of Science, 1997
  • Graduated with Honors


  • Harassment as a Predictor of Job Burnout in Correctional Officers, Criminal Justice and Behavior Journal, Vol. 30, No. 5, 602-619 (2003) Dr. Vick Savicki, Dr. Eric Cooley & Jennifer K. Gjesvold. (Nationally and Internationally cited publication in progressive ongoing academic research)
  • Private Remorse as a Predictor of Criminal and Rule-Breaking Behavior in Convicted Offenders, 2 year Honors Research Thesis, Jennifer K. Gjesvold, (April 1999) published by Western Oregon University Library (academically cited publication)
  • Wrote and won the Polk County Safe House Grant for Teens, 1998
  • Wrote and won grant funding for Operation Dream, 1999


  • Julia McCulloch Smith Outstanding Graduating Woman, 2000
  • Oregon State's Children First Annual Award, 1999
  • Kush Tum Tum Award "A Heart for People", 1998
  • Community Leader Award, Independence Chamber of Commerce, 1999
  • Psi-Chi Honor Society Outstanding Student, Psychology 1998-1999
  • Honor Roll Syracuse University College of Law, 2002-2003
  • Honor Roll Western Oregon University 1997-1999
  • Honor Roll Portland Community College 1996-1997
  • Syracuse University College of Law Scholarship Recipient, 2002
  • 11 Honors and Academic Scholarships in Psychology and Criminal Justice provided by private donor organizations for outstanding students in the field of psychology and criminal justice while attending Western Oregon University, 1997-1999


  • UNT Law Invitational Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament, 2015
    • Moot Court Judge
  • Dallas County Bar Association Mock Trial Judge, Statewide High School Division, 2013-present
    • Finals Competition Judge
    • Presiding Judge
  • Dallas County Bar Association Attorney Advisor to Carter High School Mock Trial Team, 2015
  • ABA National Mock Trial Judge, National Law Student Competition, 2014
  • ABA National Negotiations Competition, Law Student Competition, 2013


  • State of Texas v. J.B., criminal jury trial against ex-corrections officer, testified as an expert witness regarding the laws applicable to correctional officers vs. law enforcement agencies for the defense, 2015 (directed verdict granted for the defense)
  • Commencement Speaker, Western Oregon University Graduation 2000
  • Research Presenter, Various Universities throughout the Northwest 1998-2000
  • Western Oregon University Honors Program Thesis Defense, 1999
  • Student Assistant Professor, Western Oregon University, Psychology Division 1998-2000
  • Course Facilitator, Operation Dream, 1998-2000 (personal growth program for high risk youth)
  • Course Facilitator, The Coalition for Violence Prevention High Risk and Adjudicated Youth Prevention Program "Quantum Leaps," 1997-2000 (personal growth program for high risk and court appointed adjudicated youth)


  • United States Supreme Court Bar Association
  • 5th Circuit Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Family Law Section Member
    • Litigation Section Member
  • Dallas County Bar Association
  • Appointed to the Mock Trial Committee 2013-present
  • Appointed to the Professionalism Committee 2013-present
  • Tarrant County Bar Association


  • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
  • Northwest Legal Aide of Texas Attorney Volunteer
  • Maintain Pro Bono Division of Private Firm