Jesse Baez is a highly experienced trial lawyer offering a strong track record of courtroom success. Jesse practices in the areas of family law, criminal law, and personal injury. Jesse understands the difficult challenges and stressors when faced with criminal charges, a divorce or separation, or an injury. Jesse is a compassionate advisor for each and every one of his clients. He offers exceptional communication during every step of the legal process and works hard to achieve commonsense solutions. He is ready to be your dedicated advocate so you can have confidence and peace of mind knowing your legal troubles are safe in his capable hands.
In addition to his private practice, Jesse also serves as a Guardian Ad Litem for children and incapacitated adults. Jesse’s hard work as a Guardian Ad litem is invaluable as he advocates for his clients with custody and visitation legal issues. Jesse has successfully litigated cases in Virginia’s General District Courts, the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts, and the Circuit Courts. He has also appeared before the Virginia Court of Appeals.
Jesse was born and raised in Holbrook, Long Island, New York. He is a graduate of McGill University and the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law. During law school, Jesse was an editor on Penn State Law's Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation and he was actively involved with his school’s trial advocacy team. Two of Jesse’s scholarly articles were published during his second year of law school. Jesse also worked for the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, and the New York City Comptroller’s Office during his time at Penn State Law.
PENN STATE DICKINSON SCHOOL OF LAW
College Park, Pennsylvania,
Juris Doctor, 2013
Montreal, Quebec, B.A.,
Political Science, History, 2010
Activities & Affiliations
Virginia Bar Association
Chesterfield Bar Association
Metro Richmond Family
Law Bar Association
Virginia Hispanic Chamber
Central Virginia Business
Colonial Law Firm, 2013-2016
Jesse is married to Erica Giovanni Baez, who is also a local trial attorney. Jesse and Erica have a young son, Jacob. Jesse and Erica met at the Chesterfield Juvenile & Domestic relations District Court during their early days practicing law. You can guess who won.
Jesse is an ardent runner, and you may find him competing in one of Richmond’s many races on the weekends. Jesse successfully completed the Richmond Marathon and ran several half-marathons. He is a member of Third Presbyterian Church. His faith community is one of his highest priorities. Jesse is an active member of the business community in Richmond, including the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Central Virginia Business Network International.
Jesse is Latino. Jesse prides himself in his family's strong heritage. Jesse's parents, Jose and Maria Baez, have extraordinary stories about fulfilling the American dream and achieving U.S. citizenship.
Jesse's mother, Maria, was born in Bogota, Colombia, and immigrated to the United States when she was 16 years old. Growing up, Maria would regale Jesse with stories of his relatives from Colombia, such as his grandfather, "Abuelito," who owned an art gallery in Bogota, or his uncle, who was mayor of a small town near the Amazon rain forest. One of Jesse's favorite stories that his mother would tell him was that of Blas de Lezo, a Spanish war hero who fought valiantly despite having lost his eye, hand, and leg. After settling in Queens, New York, Maria met Jesse's father, Jose, at LaGuardia Community College. She owned and operated her own flower shop at a busy train station for years. Maria would often send Jesse to the opposite side of the railroad tracks to sell flowers directly to departing commuters heading into New York City. From a young age, Jesse developed a sense of entrepreneurship and business acumen.
Jose Alfredo Baez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Jose was one of eight children, and sadly lost his father at a very young age. Jose's mother, Ana, brought Jose and his siblings to New York City. Ana battled cancer and passed when Jose was 8 years old. Without anyone to care for him and his siblings, Jose found himself at the Mount Loretta Orphanage in Staten Island, New York. After an extremely difficult childhood, Jose's life was forever changed when he found love and guidance from a local businessman named Jesse Wolf, who helped Jose get on his feet and gain valuable work experience. Jesse was named after Mr. Wolf, who had a profound impact on Jose's life.
Jesse's parents instilled in him a tenacious work ethic and perseverance even when life's challenges seem insurmountable. Jesse's parents live in Midlothian, Virginia and regularly help support his work with the Hispanic community.