Jessica Gillespie

Jessica Gillespie is a Legal Editor and Nolo’s Research Director. Her articles appear on,, and

Education. Jessica received a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Long Island University, and an M.A. in United States History from North Carolina State University. She also did doctoral work in history at the University of Tennessee, where she focused her research on Progressive Era reform movements in the Appalachian South.

Working at Nolo. Jessica joined the Nolo Editorial team in 2014. At Nolo, Jessica conducts legal research and writes and edits articles across many areas of practice, including estate planning, criminal law, and personal injury. She is also the current editor of Nolo’s Legal Forms for Starting & Running a Small Business and a cocreator of many of Nolo’s online legal forms, including the online LLC and online corporation formation services.

Before Nolo. In addition to her background in academia, Jessica has years of experience working in law libraries. Before coming to Nolo, Jessica managed the U.S., E.U., and U.N. documents collections at New York University’s Law Library and worked in the library of a large law firm in Richmond, Virginia, where she provided technical services support and research assistance to attorneys and staff.

Articles By Jessica Gillespie

Alabama Medical Malpractice Laws
The nuts and bolts of Alabama medical malpractice law, including lawsuit deadlines, what you need to prove, and what happens if you’re partly to blame for your injuries.
Missouri Medical Malpractice Laws & Statute of Limitations
Missouri's statute of limitations filing deadline for medical malpractice lawsuits, caps on damages in Missouri medical malpractice cases, and more.
Iowa Medical Malpractice Laws
The Iowa medical malpractice statute of limitations, the state's "certificate of merit affidavit" requirement, and Iowa's caps on medical malpractice damages.
West Virginia Medical Malpractice Laws & Statutory Rules
Find out what steps you'll need to take to file a negligence lawsuit against a medical professional in West Virginia.
Pennsylvania Dog Bite Laws
A dog owner's legal responsibility for bites and other injuries in Pennsylvania, dog bite lawsuit filing deadlines, and more.
Georgia Dog Bite Laws
Dog owner liability for bites and other injuries in Georgia, deadlines for filing a dog bite lawsuit in Georgia's court system, and more.
Oregon Dog Bite Laws
An Oregon dog owner's liability for bites and other injuries, state deadlines for filing a dog bite lawsuit in court, and more.
Tennessee Medical Malpractice Laws & Statutory Rules
An introduction to the laws and statutory rules governing medical negligence claims in Tennessee.
South Dakota Medical Malpractice Laws & Statutory Rules
Learn about the statute of limitations and other South Dakota laws affecting medical malpractice lawsuits.
South Carolina Medical Malpractice Laws & Statutory Rules
Get an overview of the relevant laws, time limits, and procedural rules to bring a lawsuit against a doctor or other medical professional in South Carolina.