Jessica Salas

Jessica Catherine Gooding joined Baron & Budd’s Environmental Litigation Group as an eDiscovery associate in January 2020, where she manages electronic information vital to the firm’s large-scale complex environmental tort cases. Prior to joining the Environmental Litigation Group, Ms. Gooding spent a year working with Baron & Budd’s Pharmaceutical Litigation Group, helping in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Ms. Gooding has always had a passion for client advocacy and loves the opportunity Baron & Budd has given her to truly change people’s lives.

Ms. Gooding grew up in North Dallas, in the city of Princeton, where she spent many evenings and weekends engaged in discussions of politics and current events as Captain of her school’s Lincoln-Douglas debate team. Ms. Gooding participated in multiple other academic activities, as well, including her school’s prestigious band program. Although Ms. Gooding ultimately did not pursue music as a career, her many years playing the euphonium has engrained in her a deep love of classical composition.

From an early age, Ms. Gooding’s voracious appetite for argument destined her to attend law school. But as she matured, her love of debate developed into a deep passion for client and child advocacy, borne of her discovery as a young adult of the horrific prevalence of major crimes and abuses directed toward children all across the United States.

In 2012, Ms. Gooding graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Honors Program with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, minoring in Human Rights & Diversity and Philosophy, with an eye toward her future as an attorney. In 2015, Ms. Gooding received her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas. While in law school, Ms. Gooding honed her legal skills within the SMU Criminal Defense Clinic and later as an intern with the Collin County District Attorney’s Office Crimes Against Children Division. Ms. Gooding was recognized for her volunteer service with these organizations through SMU’s Pro-Bono Honor Roll Award.

As a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Ms. Gooding received invaluable support throughout her academic career from the Tribe’s Higher Education and Career Development programs. Ms. Gooding was also the recipient of numerous other academic scholarships and awards, including being named a National Hispanic Merit Scholar finalist and receiving the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship while at UNL, and was a recipient of the Law Dean’s Scholarship Award program while at SMU.

When not practicing law, Ms. Gooding enjoys spending time with her husband, Daniel, playing golf, watching movies, and spoiling their many pets.


Southern Methodist University (J.D., 2015)

University of Nebraska (B.A., 2012)

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