Attorneys

Jennifer works closely with clients to solve problems of all types and sizes. In doing so, she has developed broad experience representing clients in contract disputes, real estate litigation, fraud and deceptive trade practice actions, construction litigation, and employment litigation, including seeking and defending against temporary and permanent injunctive relief. Jennifer has become a trusted resource for clients because she gets the job done as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Because of the trust clients place in her, she has also been called on to represent clients in foreclosure proceedings, eminent domain actions, probate proceedings, and in other settings. No matter the task, Jennifer is up to the challenge and will not let clients down.

Jennifer graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a minor in English. While in law school at Southern Methodist University, she served as the President of the Student Bar Association.

Jennifer currently serves as President of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and on the Dallas Bar Association’s Board of Directors. Through her bar service, she is proud to have established the Second Chair Program, which gives an opportunity for young civil lawyers to sit second chair with seasoned criminal defense lawyers at trial. As a woman lawyer, Jennifer is proud to have developed the Continuing the Conversation Interview Series, which focuses on keeping women lawyers in the pipeline to become equity partners and to obtain judicial positions.

Jennifer has been named to the Texas Rising Stars list by Thomson Reuters as published in Texas Monthly in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of general contractors in completion, lien, and payment disputes on a variety of different projects.
  • Prosecution of claims on behalf of commercial landlords for breach of lease and related causes of action.
  • Representation of commercial lenders in workout and other collection matters.
  • Defense and prosecution of former employees who have left their former companies and taken confidential information and trade secrets that belonged to the business.
  • Representation of interior design firm in dispute related to alleged misappropriation of trade secrets, obtaining a favorable settlement before trial.
  • Counsel for multi-faceted telecommunications technology firm in nationwide dispute with AT&T, including first chair trial experience before various state public utility commissions and appearances before federal courts throughout the Southeast.
  • Representation of subcontractors in disputes with owners and general contractors for nonpayment of goods and services provided to commercial construction projects.
  • Defense of companies in discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims for violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Texas Labor Code.
  • Counsel for French law firm in dispute with American investors over real property transaction.

Education

 

  • J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 2010
    • Dean’s List
    • Phi Alpha Delta
    • Student Attorney, SMU Civil Clinic, Spring 2010
    • Student Member, William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court, 2009-10
    • National Hispanic Moot Court Team, Fall 2009
    • National Entertainment Law Moot Court Team, Fall 2008
    • Student Bar Association, President
  • B.A. Government, with honors, University of Texas, 2006
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • President, Order of Omega

Court Admissions

Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, 2010-present
  • Dallas Bar Association, 2010-present
    • Board of Directors, 2017-present
    • Business Litigation Section
    • Construction Law Section
    • Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2010-present
    • President. 2018
    • President-Elect, 2017
    • Vice President, 2016
    • DAYL Foundation, Chair, 2016
    • Treasurer, 2015
    • Board of Directors, 2013-17
    • Finance Committee, 2015
    • Judiciary Committee, Co-Chair, 2013-16
    • CLE Committee, Co-Chair/Board Liaison, 2014-16
    • Attorneys for Career Advancement, Board Liaison, 2015
    • Trial Boot Camp Planning Committee Member, 2015-17
    • DAYL Charity Ball, Co-Chair, 2014-16
    • Leadership Class, 2013-14
    • Membership Committee, Co-Chair, 2014
    • Inroads Committee, Co-Chair, 2013-14
    • A Walk Through the Courts CLE Planning Committee Member, 2013-14
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow, 2013-present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Fellow, 2018-present
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2016-present
  • Attorneys Serving the Community, Member, 2014-present
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association, Member, 2015-present
  • Texas Women Lawyers Association, 2017-present
  • William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court, 2017-present
  • Association of Professional Women in Construction, 2017-present
  • American Bar Association, 2010-present
  • Federal Bar Association, 2010-present

Honors and Distinctions

Texas Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, published in Texas Monthly, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018

Dallas Bar Association WE LEAD Program, Inaugural Class Member, 2018

Featured Performer at the Dallas Bar Association Inaugural Ball, 2018

SMU Dedman School of Law Emerging Leaders Board, Inaugural Board Member, 2017-present

Dallas Women Lawyers Association, Rising Raggio Award, 2016

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Outstanding Director Award, 2014

Community Activities

  • Junior League of Dallas
  • The Family Place Partners, Board of Directors, 2014
  • Alpha Phi, Collegiate Chapter Manager for South Quadrant
  • Alpha Phi Gold Society

Speaking and Writing

  • Never Miss a Deadline (Again), DAYL Dicta, July 2017
  • Challenges Facing Women in Leadership, Speaker at Ursuline Academy of Dallas, June 20, 2017
  • Dealing with Combative Attorneys, Panel Moderator, June 9, 2016
  • Asserting and Defending Privilege, DAYL Dicta, December 2015
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting…Bar Results: Being a Happy Lawyer, Panel Member, September 29, 2015
  • Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, DAYL Dicta, July 2014
  • Business Development: How Do I Get Started?, Panel Moderator, January 23, 2014
  • Don’t Fall Into the Traps of the New Rules, DAYL Dicta, May 2013
  • Author of Northern District of Texas Case Updates, published by the SMU Science and Technology Law Review (http://studentorgs.law.smu.edu/Science-and-Technology-Law-Review/N-D–Texas-Update.aspx), for the following cases:
    • Ceramic Performance Worldwide, LLC v. Motor Works, LLC, et al. (2010 WL 234804)
    • EsNtion Records, Inc v. JonesTM, Inc. et al. (2009 WL 3805827)
    • Chevron Intellectual Property, L.L.C. v. Allen (2009 WL 2596610)
  • Challenges under OCSLA and the Future of Offshore Drilling under the Obama Administration, SMU Science and Technology Law Review, 13 SMU Sci. & Tech. L. Rev. 55, Fall 2009