Attorneys Serving the Community (ASC) began in 1987 when a handful of Dallas women attorneys pooled their talents and interests, joining together in the spirit of community service. Today ASC is a dynamic volunteer organization of almost 400 women lawyers and law students from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
ASC’s mission is to bring together women lawyers who collectively utilize their resources and talents to support local non-profit organizations whose programs benefit women, children or families. ASC also is committed to providing its members with leadership and networking opportunities as it carries out its primary mission of serving the community.
Each year, ASC presents fundraising events that support its selected beneficiary, culminating in the annual ASC Luncheon. ASC’s annual beneficiary receives not only all of the money raised by its events but also enjoys increased public awareness of its services.
ASC has been fortunate to have nationally-known guest speakers at each luncheon, including such notables as former First Lady Laura Bush and Today Show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager; Former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; psychologist and columnist Dr. Joyce Brothers; opera legend Beverly Sills; athlete Wilma Rudolph; model Marla Hanson; community leader Alma Powell; environmental activist Erin Brockovich; actors Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker; “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts; and author and screenwriter Antwone Fisher.
Since 1987, ASC has raised nearly $5 million for Dallas area non-profits. ASC’s success is a tribute to the strong commitment by many area lawyers, law firms, businesses and individuals to the beneficiaries ASC has served.
2018 - 2019 Lead Chair
Jessica O’Neill serves as Complex Claims Counsel at Markel Assurance, where she evaluates insurance coverage and manages large scale professional liability insurance claims. She also serves as the Mid-South Region’s Claims Advocate, bridging communications between the region’s underwriters and claims teams. Before joining Markel, Jessica practiced law in both Illinois and Texas (and continues to hold licenses in both states). She began her law practice with a concentration in civil litigation, representing defendants in construction, medical malpractice, premise liability, and transportation law matters. Thereafter, she practiced as coverage counsel, advising various insurers, excess insurers, and reinsurers on coverage issues arising from third-party liability policies and representing insurers in extra-contractual litigation. She received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Western Michigan University and her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. While in Chicago, Jessica served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.
Since moving to the DFW area in 2013, Jessica has been an active member of ASC and was honored to co-chair the ASC Silent Auction for three years. Jessica was thrilled to serve as the Co-Chair for the 2017-2018 term with Beth Bedell and looks forward to serving as Lead Chair this year with Rebecca Massiatte! Jessica and her husband Shane, a business director at Baylor University Medical Center, have been married for 12 years and have a six-year-old son, Nolan, and a ten-year-old lab-mix, Rooney.
Rebecca R. Massiatte
2018 - 2019 Co-Chair
Rebecca R. Massiatte is a founding member at JMO Firm, PLLC, a global immigration law firm specializing in personal and dedicated immigration services to corporations, non-profit organizations and individuals. Rebecca advises corporate clients on a wide variety of immigrant and non-immigrant matters, provides support with developing strategies for workforce compliance (I-9 program practices), and assists with due diligence and related immigration issues arising from mergers and acquisitions. Recognized in her field by D Magazine, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Chambers USA, Rebecca's corporate clients benefit from her expertise in developing strategies to build effective immigration policies that support business objectives and employee needs. Before starting her immigration practice, she served as a judicial law clerk for the San Antonio and Harlingen Immigration Courts (EOIR) through the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program. Prior to founding JMO in August 2014, Rebecca practiced employment-based immigration law at Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C., Winstead PC, and Jackson Lewis P.C. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Social Work, cum laude, from Texas State University, and Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor from Washington University in St. Louis. Rebecca loves all things ASC and has served as co-chair for ASC's Membership and Silent Auction committees. Rebecca and her husband Michael, a labor and employment attorney at DLA Piper, have been married for 15 exciting years and have an amazing ten-year-old daughter, Madeline, magnificent six-year-old son, Micah, and an "approximate" fifteen year old set-in-his-ways shepherd-mix, Ranger.