Jessica A. Nardulli has been working with the Illinois State Employees Association – Retirees since 2013. Prior to entering the private lobbying profession, Jessica gained experience working in all three branches of government where she developed strong advocacy skills. She worked on staff for both the House of Representatives and the Senate, interned with the Illinois Attorney General, and clerked with both Appellate Justice Carole Pope and the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Jessica is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, where she played volleyball all four years, and she is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law, where she was a member of The Journal of Legal Medicine.
After graduating from SIU School of Law, Jessica began her lobbying career partnering with former State Representative W. Thomas Ryder. Together, they represented clients in the fields of higher education, transportation, business, health care, pensions, and professional services. Jessica also jumps at any opportunity to work alongside her mother, fellow lobbyist Joyce Nardulli. They have served several clients together.
Jessica has developed extensive experience working with clients to identify and prioritize needs and goals and use that information to develop a strategy with a focus on long-term success. Her experience and energy provides a positive presence for clients in the state government environment.
Concurrent with her lobbying activity, Jessica spent several years representing clients in a wide range of legal settings, first at Stratton, Moran, Sronce, Reichert & Nardulli, then at Brown, Hay, & Stephens. Jessica served clients primarily in the areas of family law, juvenile law, and civil litigation. She was able to gain valuable experience in the courtroom at both the trial and appellate levels.
Jessica was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois and is proud to have received her education from central and southern Illinois. Jessica is committed to giving back to her community and is currently active with the Sangamon County Bar Association, Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association, The Parent Place, Hoogland Center for the Arts, and Trinity Lutheran Church. Jessica currently lives in Springfield with her husband, Brent Colbert, and their two boys, Sam and Rory.
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