Jesse was born and raised in rural New Hampshire. He moved to Boston in 1999 to attend Boston University, graduating with honors in 2003. In 2004, he moved to Portland to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. During law school, he interned at the Federal Public Defender's Office and the Metropolitan Public Defender's Office, served as an editor for the Environmental Law journal, and was involved with several student organizations. He graduated with honors in 2007.
For the next four years Jesse worked as a staff attorney at the Metropolitan Public Defender's Hillsboro office. He handled hundreds of cases, including misdemeanors, probation violations, civil committments, fugitive matters, contempt, and felonies. When he left the office at the end of 2011, his case load was exclusively Ballot Measure 11 cases.
Jesse's current practice focuses on criminal defense and post-conviction relief.
Professional Organizations and Community Service
Jesse is a member of the Oregon State Bar, the Federal Bar Association, the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Multnomah Bar Association, and the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association. He is an avid cyclist and Boston Red Sox fan.