Jessica Blome is a Senior Associate with Greenfire Law. A native Iowan, she began practicing environmental law as an Assistant Attorney General with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office after graduating from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2007. There, she represented the Missouri Departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture in civil environmental, animal welfare, and food safety litigation.
She served as counsel to the Missouri Natural Resources Trustee, leading negotiations on behalf of Missouri for multi-million dollar restoration projects on public lands contaminated by heavy metals mining. She also prosecuted violations of the state Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Clean Air Act. Her most notable cases involved an unpermitted organic composting operation located next to a sensitive geologic area, a collapsed wastewater treatment impoundment, and a landfill located in a residential area suffering from a “subsurface smoldering event,” or underground landfill fire.
Jessica left Missouri for Sonoma County, California in 2013 to accept a position as a Senior Staff Attorney with the non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund. There, she represented citizen plaintiffs and non-profit groups in strategic impact litigation on behalf of wildlife. She lead a team of litigators to victory against a roadside zoo in Iowa, securing the first-ever successful citizen prosecution of Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act against the owner of captive-held endangered species. Jessica also lead a coalition of non-profit groups in the first-ever lawsuit striking down a federal contract with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services because it violated the California Environmental Quality Act.
In 2016, Jessica became the Deputy Director of the San Francisco Ethics Commission, where she was responsible for the investigation and enforcement of the City’s campaign finance, government ethics, lobbying, and conflict of interest laws. Jessica joined Greenfire Law in March of 2017 where she represents public interest clients in environmental and animal welfare litigation. In 2019, she served as lead counsel in an Iowa state-court nuisance action that permanently shutdown a zoo. She also assisted in a federal case against a fur farm in Minnesota that killed and skinned wolves in violation of the Endangered Species Act and is litigating an action against the City of Livermore for failing to adequately assess whether the City should use environmental mitigation funds to conserve sensitive alkaline wetland habitat, rather than develop it.
University of Iowa College of Law
University of Northern Iowa
B.A. Organizational Communication, 2004
Minors in Journalism and Ethics
Activities & Affiliations
Berkeley Campaign Finance Reform Commission
Berkeley Open Government Commission
California Bar Association: Public Law Group, Environmental Law Group
California Women Lawyers
Missouri (2007, inactive)