Traditionally, law firms operate on a billable hour model, where time spent on your file is billed to you in six-minute increments at the attorney's standard hourly rate. Law firms typically require their attorneys to bill a minimum number of hours per year and reward attorneys who bill beyond the minimum hourly requirement with year-end bonuses and promotions.
The billable hour model encourages attorneys to be inefficient, technophobic, and in some cases, lazy. Since attorneys have been historically incentivized by billing as many hours as possible, there is no incentive for law firms to invest in modern technologies to create efficiencies in their workflow. There is a reason that the legal profession is slow to modernize; there's no money in it.
This model also emphasizes an attorney's presence in an office; working long hours is required to bill long hours. As a result, attorneys traditionally spend 10-12 hours a day within the four walls of their office, meticulously tracking each six minute increment of their day.
As compared to other professionals, attorneys suffer from extremely high rates of depression. Alcoholism, drug addiction and suicide rates are higher among attorneys than any other profession. It is obvious that attorneys cannot best serve their clients under such health and work conditions.
Under the traditional law firm model, the client comes second.
Tully Law strives to modernize and improve upon the traditional law firm model.
We offer nearly all our legal services on a flat-fee model. This allows our clients to budget for their legal services and gives them the freedom to fully discuss their concerns and desired outcomes with our firm without feeling pressured by a ticking clock. At Tully Law, our clients can take the time they need to be heard without feeling rushed off the phone or out the door.
Additionally, our attorneys and paralegals are not required to bill a minimum number of hours a year. Tully Law rewards efficiency first. Our staff is required to efficiently complete a set number of client tasks per week. Under the Tully Law model, attorneys and paralegals who complete their weekly tasks early are free to go home the rest of the week to spend with their families or as they choose. They are also free to spread out their tasks across the week to allow them to take time off when needed.
We promote a positive mental health environment so that our attorneys are happy and at their best when representing you.
Under the Tully Law Model, the client comes first.
Unfortunately, there are some matters for which we cannot offer a flat-fee arrangement. To ensure that our attorneys are as efficient with their time as possible, our firm has implemented state-of-the-art software and technologies which eliminate redundancies and streamline automated processes. Our bills are detailed and our billing is transparent. Bills are issued every two weeks - no surprises.
At Tully Law, we take great pride in getting to know our clients and relieving them of their legal concerns. We are here to advise and guide on U.S. Virgin Islands matters.
E-mail: Feel free to e-mail Attorney Tully at Jessica@TullyVI.com
Mail: If you need to mail documents to Ms. Tully, please do so at the following address:
P.O. Box 580
St. Thomas, VI 00804
32 Dronningens Gade Suite No. 6
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Our St. Thomas office has a private reception area, quiet office space for confidential conversations, and a large, private conference room for meetings and closings.
On the corner of Main Street and Raadets Gade, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
Feel at ease discussing the matters most important to you with your attorney.
U.S. Virgin Islands
The Virgin Islands Bar Association
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D. (2008)
Miami University, B.A. (History and Political Science) (2005)
Jessica C. Tully is a transactional attorney whose practice centers on real estate transactions, real property law, business law, estate planning, and energy law. She is a title agent and is also a professor with the National Business Institute. Ms. Tully frequently authors law review articles and other academic papers on property law and complicated title issues.
Ms. Tully earned a B.A. in Political Science and History from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2005. In 2003, Ms. Tully studied in Luxembourg and was awarded the coveted Rebecca Andrew and Christopher Eggerton Memorial Scholarship – awarded to one male and one female student each year – for demonstrating “excellent academics, citizenship, attitude, and desire to live life to its fullest” while studying abroad.
Ms. Tully earned a J.D. at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2008, where she served as the Executive Editor of the Duquesne Law Review and authored an article on the legality of U.S. military commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba that was published therein.
While in law school, she served two federal judicial internships in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and one federal judicial internship in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Tully was awarded the CALI Award for the highest grade earned in International Law and was inducted into the Louis L. Manderino Honor Society for being among the Top Ten Competitors in the Jessup International Appellate Moot Court Competition.
She began her career in 2008 as assistant in-house counsel for a mid-sized oil and gas company in Pennsylvania. In 2010, Ms. Tully joined the Business Services Department of a prominent Pittsburgh law firm, where she was the first oil and gas title attorney hired to form the Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group. In 2012, Ms. Tully joined the Energy Transactions and International Energy Practice Group of a prominent international law firm, where she represented global leaders in oil and gas exploration and production.
Ms. Tully founded the law firm Tully & Barry in 2014 and represented a variety of clients on matters of business, energy, estate planning, oil and gas, and property law issues. Ms. Tully moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2016 where she was Of Counsel with the largest law firm in the USVI. She opened her own practice on the island of St. Thomas in 2019.
Throughout her career, Ms. Tully has authored a variety of articles published in various law reviews, bar journals, and trade and industry journals and has taught continuing legal education courses to attorneys on a variety of subjects.
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
"USVI Real Estate Update," Chambers, 2018.
“Oil & Gas Title Law A-Z,” presentation at National Business Institute Seminar in Pittsburgh, PA (Jun. 2016)
“Basics of Oil & Gas Title Law,” presentation at 2016 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference in State College, PA (May 2016)
“Conducting Due Diligence: Drilling, Division Order and Leasehold Purchase Title Examination,” National Business Institute seminar on “The Ultimate Guide to Oil and Gas Title Law” in Harrisburg, PA (Dec. 2015)
“Preparing Oil and Gas Title Opinions for Complex Title Projects,” presentation for National Business Institute “Ultimate Guide to Oil and Gas Title Law” seminar in Harrisburg, PA (Dec. 2015)
“Conducting Due Diligence: Drilling, Division Order, and Leasehold Purchase Title Examination,” presentation for National Business Institute “Ultimate Guide to Oil and Gas Title Law” seminar in Harrisburg, PA (Dec. 2015)
“Shale Gas and Oil: Tomorrow’s Dominant Energy Source Today,” presentation at Miami University, Oxford OH, February 2015.
“The Joys of Title Law,” Virginia State Bar Real Property Section newsletter, The Fee Simple (Jun. 2014); republished in AAPL Landman Magazine (July/Aug. 2014).
“Pennsylvania Title Washes Upheld” Energy Alert (June 2014)
“Shale Gas and Oil Prospects Loom Large for Argentina,” International Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the International Law Section of the ABA newsletter (Mar. 2014)
“Horrors of a Record Room,” presentation for the Northern Appalachian Landman’s Association (NALA) regional chapter of AAPL (Mar. 2014)
“2014 Survey on Oil and Gas: Illinois Oil and Gas Update,” Texas A&M Law Review, Vol. 1 (Mar. 2014)
“Steptoe & Johnson 2013 Energy Leadership Summit,” presentation on litigation-resistant mineral title (Sep. 2013)
“Act 13 in 3D: Drilling, Doctors, and Disclosure,” presentation on the chemical disclosure provision in Act 13 (Feb. 2013)
“Conducting Business in Conflict Zones,” International Bar Association newsletter (Dec. 2012)
“PA Law Opens More State Lands for Energy Resource Development,” S&J Energy Alert (Oct. 2012)
“A Call to Young Lawyers: Be Kind to Your Secretary,” Young Lawyer’s division of the Allegheny County Bar Association newsletter, At Issue (Mar. 2013)
“2013 Survey on Oil and Gas: Illinois Oil and Gas Update,” Texas Wesleyan Law Review, Vol. 19 (Mar. 2013)
“Military Commissions Are Governed by Military and International Law: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld,” Duquesne Law Review, Vol. 45 (Jun. 2007)
AWARDS AND PRESS:
“Top 40 Under Forty Award” Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce (Apr. 2014)
Attorney Jessica C. Tully
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