By Joshua Huff, sports editor
Should you happen to find yourself driving throughout the Trussville area sometime in the near future and pass by an RV, you might have unknowingly shared the road with the city’s newest Birmingham School of Law graduate, Marissa Jamieson.
Jamieson, a resident of Trussville since 2012, graduated in May from the Birmingham School of Law magna cum laude and ranked sixth in her class. In addition, Jamieson joined 11 of 87 class of 2019-20 BSL graduates who have already passed the 2020 Alabama bar exam, which had a February 2020 total pass rate of just 25.9%.
Now, unburdened by the stress of study, Jamieson enters a coronavirus-impacted world with a desire to represent those less fortunate. Though she had wanted to practice criminal defense and family law, Jamieson has now opened a virtual law firm called The Jamieson Law Firm, LLC with an intention to offer a whole plethora of services: family law, estate planning, criminal defense, business law, divorce and adoption.
“Pretty much everything but bankruptcy,” Jamieson said regarding what services her firm offers. “We’re not going to do bankruptcy, because that’s a whole other ballgame in federal court and whatnot.”
At the moment, Jamieson, whose law firm is in its infancy, has focused on expanding her presence throughout the area and the region. As the coronavirus pandemic has shuttered doors throughout the nation, the practicality of purchasing or renting a brick and mortal building has little appeal at the moment for Jamieson. Instead, she works out of home and meets clients in a neutral setting or either at their home or hers.
Despite the lack of an official business front, Jamieson has seen steady business as a result of her purchasing former Trussville lawyer John Bodie’s commercial phone number, which has given her quite a few cases.
“He’s a staff attorney at family court, so he’s precluded from picking up new cases,” Jamieson said. “Ergo, I get phone calls all the time from clients. It’s been really great.”
The mother of two’s ideal career path expands upon the idea of a virtual law firm with the idea of merging practicality with mobility. That’s where the aforementioned RV comes in. Jamieson has an idea of purchasing one, thanks to her fascination with tiny homes and RV living, which will afford her the ability to travel throughout the state with the luxury of her business by her side.
Jamieson calls it her law office on wheels.
“I travel the whole state practicing law,” Jamieson said. “If I have a case down in Mobile, at least I’ll have an RV to spend the night if I have court really early the next morning.”
For the time being, Jamieson is on the hunt for a web designer to improve upon her website.