Jessica R. Sofio


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Attorney Sofio is an associate with Carter DeYoung, joining the firm in May 2021. Attorney Sofio was admitted to practice in Massachusetts in January 2021. Prior to attending law school, she was a teacher in the Boston Public Schools.

Attorney Jessica Sofio graduated Magna Cum Laude with high thesis honors from Tufts University, where she studied Anthropology and American Studies. She then went on to obtain a Masters in Elementary Education as part of Boston College’s Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program and accepted a teaching position in the Boston Public Schools in 2013.

Attorney Sofio taught both second and third grade special needs inclusion classrooms. In addition to instructing in all curricular areas, Attorney Sofio was involved in creating a school-wide positive behavioral incentive program and pursued additional training in special education and trauma support. Having worked closely with families of students with Individual Education Programs (“IEPs”) and 504 plans, she recognized the importance of educational advocacy. Attorney Sofio ultimately decided to leave teaching to become a more effective advocate for all children.

Attorney Sofio graduated from Suffolk Law School in 2020. She obtained her degree in two years as part of the Suffolk Law accelerated J.D. program. In law school Attorney Sofio excelled in torts, receiving the Jurisprudence Award for highest grade in the section and served as teaching assistant for the course the next year. In her final year of law school, Attorney Sofio worked as a 303 certified student attorney in the Suffolk Law Juvenile Defenders Clinic, where she represented clients throughout the various stages of juvenile proceedings at Boston Juvenile Court. Her responsibilities included conducting discovery through legal research and interviews, negotiating with prosecuting attorneys for appropriate and achievable conditions of pre-arraignment diversion, and appearing before the Judge with clients.

After graduating law school, Attorney Sofio moved to the Cape where her parents now reside full time. She has fond memories of spending summers and school vacations with her grandmother in Brewster and looks forward to becoming an active member of the Cape Cod community. Given her passion and experience as an advocate for children, she is particularly interested in developing an education law practice.

Juvenile Law
Education Law
Estate Planning


  • Education
    • J.D., Suffolk Law School, 2020
    • M.Ed, Elementary Education, Boston College, 2014
    • Tufts University, American Studies, 2010
  • Professional Experience
    • Suffolk Law Juvenile Defenders Clinic
    • Boston Public Schools, special education and trauma support
    • Boston College’s Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program
  • Affiliations
    • Barnstable County Bar Association
    • Massachusetts Bar Association

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