Jessica Salas joined Baron & Budd’s Pharmaceutical Litigation Group in August 2018, where she is making a difference in the nationwide fight against the opioid epidemic. Ms. Salas has always had a passion for client advocacy and loves the opportunity Baron & Budd has given her to truly change people’s lives.
Ms. Salas 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. Salas participated in multiple other academic activities, as well, including her school’s prestigious band program. Although Ms. Salas ultimately did not pursue music as a career, her many years playing the euphonium has ingrained in her a deep love of classical composition.
From an early age, Ms. Salas’ 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. Salas 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. Salas received her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas. While in law school, Ms. Salas 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. Salas 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. Salas received invaluable support throughout her academic career from the Tribe’s Higher Education and Career Development programs. Ms. Salas 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.
Since her admission to the Texas State Bar in 2016, Ms. Salas has enjoyed expressing her passion for client advocacy both inside and outside of the courtroom. When not practicing law, Ms. Salas volunteers her time ‘standing up’ for the needs of abused and neglected children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with the Dallas CASA organization. To take the pressure off her many pursuits, Ms. Salas enjoys kickboxing, golf, reading, solving puzzles, and spoiling her dog, Max, and cats, Abbey and Tiger.
Southern Methodist University (J.D., 2015)
University of Nebraska (B.A., 2012)
Bar and Court Admissions
State Bar of Texas
Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association