Jade A. Haileselassie


Jade Haileselassie’s diverse practice includes representing global terror victims and their families, motorists and passengers impacted by vehicle defects and fraud, and public entities in litigation that works to enhance public health and safety.

Jade is a part of Motley Rice’s team of attorneys representing dozens of cities, towns, counties and townships in the National Prescription Opiate MDL targeting opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies accused of causing the opioid crisis. She also represents terror victims in litigation against alleged financiers of the Tamil Tigers terrorist organization in Sri Lanka, September 11, 2001 victims and survivors in litigation against material sponsors of terrorism for their role in the attacks, and victims with claims filed with the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund.

When she first came to Motley Rice, Jade litigated vehicle emissions fraud claims against Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles and Volkswagen and represented drivers allegedly injured by exploding Takata airbags.  

Prior to joining Motley Rice, Jade founded Jade Blum Law in Baltimore representing clients in criminal, business, personal injury, bankruptcy and consumer cases and provided pro bono services for Baltimore’s underserved communities. She also was an associate and settlement officer for a Maryland firm where she focused on real estate, title law and estate planning.

Jade interned for the Honorable Judge John C. Themelis, Baltimore City Circuit Court, while completing her legal studies and was a research assistant for multiple University of Baltimore professors and the University Conflict Management Service. 

On a community level while in Baltimore, Jade assisted Baltimore’s Iron Crow Theater in obtaining non-profit status and served on its Board of Directors. She volunteered with the city’s Homeless Persons Representation Project, actively supported the Community Law Center, and traveled to disaster areas to volunteer with the Red Cross.  


J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law, 2010

M.S., University of Baltimore, 2010

B.A., College of Charleston, 2004

Licensed In

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • South Carolina

Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the District of South Carolina


South Carolina Bar Association

Maryland State Bar Association

Charleston Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar Association

Awards and Accolades

Charleston, SC
2021–2024  Ones to Watch list: Mass tort litigation / class actions – plaintiffs; Personal injury litigation–plaintiffs; Product liability litigation–plaintiffs