A Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law, Jennifer has extensive experience assisting clients in disputes involving workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, enforcement of restrictive covenants, and breach of contract in both state and federal courts as well as through binding arbitration.
She has appeared before trial and appellate courts in numerous jurisdictions across the United States, including the Sixth and Ninth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal. She also conducts onsite workplace training for clients of various sizes and counsels employers on issues related to all facets of employment and personnel management, including termination, severance terms, reductions in force, wage and hour, reorganization, harassment, retaliation, Title VII, pre-employment procedures, disability accommodation, leave procedures, management of COVID-19 in the workplace, and compliance with state and federal fair employment and fair credit statutes.
Jennifer regularly assists clients by drafting and reviewing various employment-related documents, including employee handbooks, executive compensation contracts, employment agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, settlement and release agreements and policy materials for clients.
Jennifer previously worked as the Assistant Corporate Secretary for The Midland Company/American Modern Insurance group. She was integrally involved in the $1.3 billion sale of the company to Munich Re Group. From 2003 to 2004, Jennifer served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Harry Lee Hudspeth, Senior United States District Court Judge for the Western District of Texas.
Before joining Calfee in 2018, Jennifer was an attorney in the Employment Practice Group of a Cincinnati-based law firm.
Honors & Recognitions
- Ohio Super Lawyers, Ohio Rising Stars, Employment & Labor (2012-2018)
- Cincy Magazine, "Cincy Leading Lawyers," Employment Law (2018-2020)
Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Labor & Employment Law, 2020
J.D., UCLA School of Law, Law Review Symposium Editor, 2003
B.S., Cornell University, 2000
- Successfully defended employer against declaratory judgment action filed by former company president seeking to invalidate restrictive covenant agreement, securing compliance with restrictive covenants as written.
- Successfully defended company against claims of sexual harassment and retaliation by company executive.
- Secured favorable resolution of age discrimination allegations made by separated employee and secured return of company property and confidential information.
- Advised client with respect to WARN-Act compliance and other considerations associated with closure of a portion of client’s operations.
- Negotiated and later successfully enforced separation agreement with former company president.
- Negotiated resolutions for various clients related to claims arising out of termination as part of reduction in force related to COVID-19 pandemic.
- Successfully defended client against EEOC charge filed by former employee who alleged race and disability discrimination.
- Successfully defended company against claims of breach of restrictive covenant and misappropriation of trade secrets by new employee’s former employer.
- Advised client regarding transfer of company headquarters from California to Ohio.
- Represented client in at Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals matter, resulting in court affirming lower court’s grant of summary judgment in client’s favor and dismissing former employee’s claims of disability discrimination and retaliation, failure to accommodate, worker's compensation retaliation, and tortuous injury.
- Secured summary judgment in client’s favor on plaintiff's age discrimination claim.
- Secured summary judgment in client’s favor on plaintiff's age, race and national origin discrimination and harassment claims.
Professional & Community
Professional & Community
- Blessed Sacrament School, COVID-19 Taskforce, Member
- American Heart Association, CycleNation, Calfee Team Leader
- Cincinnati Bar Association, Member
- Targeting Gang Crime: An Analysis of California Penal Code Section 12022.53 and Vicarious Liability for Gang Members, 50 UCLA L. Rev. 685 (2002)
- Co-author, The Perversity of Sexual Harassment Law: Effects of Recent Court Ruling, 42 Cornell Hotel and Rest. Admin. Quarterly 1265 (2001)
News & Events
- Cincy Magazine, 01.30.2020
- Cincy Magazine, 01.29.2019
- Kenwood Country Club, 6501 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, 03.11.2020
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California