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Jessica E. Courtway


“When assisting clients in unraveling the complexities of construction law, I balance big-picture thinking with a highly detailed approach.”

Practice Areas


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Colorado


J.D., Washington University School of Law, cum laude, 2014, Washington University Global Studies Law Review, primary editor

B.A, English, Saint Louis University, magna cum laude, 2011


Jessica Courtway represents clients in a variety of construction matters, including construction litigation and arbitration, prosecution of mechanic’s liens, contract negotiation, and contractor licensing issues. She prioritizes frequent client interaction with a forward-thinking approach.

Since joining the firm upon graduation in 2014, Jessica has successfully prosecuted and defended arbitration claims on behalf of the firm’s clients. Jessica has also briefed and argued a case in front of the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District.

In addition to her work within the firm, Jessica holds a number of leadership positions in professional and community organizations in the St. Louis area, including the National Association of Women in Construction, the Missouri Asian-American Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’ Young Lawyers Division. She was also named as an ABA Forum on Construction Law Diversity Fellow.  Jessica was recognized for her professional and community contributions by being named one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “30 Under 30” and Missouri Lawyers Media's Up & Coming class of 2019.

During law school, Jessica served as a judicial extern to Judge George W. Draper III of the Missouri Supreme Court. Jessica was a summer associate with Greensfelder for two summers before joining the firm full time.

Professional Affiliations

  • Meritas Law Firms, Young Lawyer Advisory Board, 2021
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyers' Division, vice chair, 2017-19
  • Missouri Asian-American Bar Association, president, 2017-18
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law
  • National Association of Women in Construction, former St. Louis Chapter Board of Directors member

Community/Civic Activities

  • Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District, Board of Directors
  • Regional Union Construction Center, Advisory Board of Directors
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, Big Sister, 2014-19
  • Girls on the Run of Greater St. Louis, Site Liaison, 2015

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Up & Coming Award, Missouri Lawyers Media, 2019
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Construction, 2018-21
  • 30 Under 30 Award, St. Louis Business Journal, 2018
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis YLD Award of Merit, 2016
  • Who's Who Diversity in Color, 2015
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Immigration & Race
  • Carmody MacDonald Legal Practice Excellence Award, 2012
  • Missouri Asian-American Bar Association’s "Diane Yu Scholarship & Service Award," 2014
  • ABA Forum on Construction Law Diversity Fellow
  • The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," 2021-2024


Representative Matters

Recorded Appellate Decisions

  • Represented a supplier in overcoming a motion to stay the supplier’s mechanic’s lien enforcement lawsuit pending the arbitration between the project’s owner and general contractor. Shelter Products, Inc. v. OMNI Construction Company, Inc., 479 S.W.3d 189 (Mo. App. W.D. 2016).

News & Insights


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Recruitment and Retention of Young Lawyers Panel
    Meritas Annual Meeting, Meritas' Young Lawyer Advisory Board and the Meritas Global Firm Management Forum, May 2023
  • "The New Toolbelt: Artificial Intelligence, Wearable Technology, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and Collaborative Design"
    ABA Forum on Construction Law 2020 Midwinter Meeting, Tucson, AZ, January 23, 2020


Articles & Books

Blog Posts

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