Jessie McGrath has been a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 1988. Ms. McGrath has tried many serious felonies throughout her 34-year career. Her first murder trial in 1989 involved the killing of a transgender woman of color who was shot on Sunset Boulevard. The man responsible was convicted of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 15 to life. She currently leads the District Attorney’s Asset Forfeiture Section, the largest such dedicated prosecutorial unit in California. Prior to her assignment in the Asset Forfeiture Section, Ms. McGrath has worked in several specialty assignments. Her areas of expertise include consumer protection, cyber-crime, narcotics and juvenile law. She helped create and build what is now the Cyber Crimes Division. Ms. McGrath has been lead counsel or co-counsel in consumer protection cases against Apple, Uber, Sony BMG, Choice Point, Honda of Santa Monica, McKenna BMW and Gunderson Chevrolet. In April 2002 she was named Deputy District Attorney of the Month. Ms. McGrath has served on the Board of Directors and was Executive Vice President of the Association of Deputy District Attorney’s, the union representing the more than 900 rank and file prosecutors of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Since 2016 she has been on the Board of Directors of APLA Health (and for a time the predecessor organization Aids Project Los Angeles) which is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing quality health care to the underserved populations in Los Angeles. Ms. McGrath received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the parent of five amazing children, two of whom have graduated law school and a third who will be a 2L at USC Law School this fall.
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