Former Associate GC for major university brings NIL, NCAA, Title IX and transactional experience
Varnum is pleased to announce Jessica Visser has joined Varnum’s Corporate Practice Team. She is based in the firm’s Grand Rapids office.
Visser is a commercial lawyer with 10 years of in-house experience focused on general contracting and procurement. As former associate general counsel for a major university, she regularly negotiated significant contracts including spearheading the disposition and lease of university property and supporting a multimillion-dollar concession agreement for the university’s parking system. She counseled the university athletic department on Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) matters, NCAA compliance and strategic negotiation of coach contracts. She is experienced in Title IX and disability matters including a variety of other student-related issues.
Visser also formerly served the U.S. Department of Defense as a contracting officer, negotiating multimillion-dollar contract actions with major aircraft manufacturers. She represented the U.S. Air Force in contract work involving the procurement of innovative weapon and surveillance systems.
Visser is a cum laude graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law, with a Certificate of Concentration in Labor and Employment Law. She was a member of the Moot Court Team and served as Oral Advocacy Competition Coordinator. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo, graduating summa cum laude and completing a four-year Bachelor of Science program in three years. She is also a graduate of the University of Toledo Staff Leadership Program.