Jessica Swann Rymer-Hawkins is the founder and managing attorney of The Law Office of Jessica Swann Rymer. She is licensed to practice law in Texas, and is a Texas Bar College Member as well as a member of the State Bar of Texas, the State Bar of Texas Probate, Trusts and Estates Section, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Texas Chapter of NAELA.
She has served as an Attorney Ad Litem in Harris County Probate Courts and District Courts, and is also licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Tax Court.
She received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Houston and graduated from South Texas College of Law. Following her passion and love of cooking and service to others, she became a certified chef, graduating from The Art Institute of Houston with a degree in Culinary Arts after law school. She also holds a Diploma in International Trust Management from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), which is a global professional body comprising lawyers, accountants, trustees and other practitioners that help families plan for their futures.
Prior to starting her own law firm, Mrs. Rymer-Hawkins worked in the insurance and banking industries, where she gained extensive experience as an accountant, auditor and private banker. She spent about 11 years with JP Morgan Chase Bank in the corporate trust administration and taxation area; 5 years with a national tax firm, gaining valuable experience working with both taxable and tax-exempt entities and about 4 years working for an offshore private bank and trust company in the Bahamas where she administered many trusts and companies with more than 700 million dollars in assets under administration.
Mrs. Rymer-Hawkins is active in the community as well, having served as a board member of several non-profit organizations and churches in the greater Houston area. She has volunteered many hours with the Tahirih Justice Center, where she currently serves as a pro bono attorney working on behalf of immigrant women and girls fleeing violence and seeking justice.