Jessica VanValkenburgh was born and raised in a small town in upstate New York. She graduated cum laude from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in History. Jessica then moved to Orlando, Florida where she graduated magna cum laude from Barry University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in Law. During her time at Barry, Jessica was an extern for the Honorable Walter Komanski in the 9th Judicial Circuit, Orange County, Florida. She researched and wrote for the judge on a variety of family law issues, including child relocation law, custody, visitation and alimony, among other areas. Jessica also worked as a research assistant for Professor Patrick Tolan of Barry University School of Law in the areas of environmental law and government contracts. She actively assisted Professor Tolan with several law review and scholarly articles over the course of her law school career.