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Biography

Jennifer counsels and represents private and public employers in all areas of labor and employment law including:

  • Unfair labor practice investigations, trials, and appeals
  • Labor negotiations and arbitrations
  • Union avoidance and election campaign strategies
  • Lockouts, strikes, and other labor disputes
  • Federal and state agency investigations, trials, and appeals
  • Employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge cases and class actions
  • Federal and state wage-hour investigations and class/collective actions
  • Disability discrimination and failure-to-accommodate claims
  • Job-protected leave issues under FMLA, USERRA, ADA, and other federal and state laws
  • Whistleblower complaints under OSHA, SOX, TSCA, STAA, and AIR21
  • Enforcement of restrictive covenants and protection of trade secrets
  • Affirmative action plans and OFCCP compliance

In addition, Jennifer frequently works with employers to customize and present in-house training programs to educate employees and supervisors about employment laws and workplace policies.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Laferty v. UPS, Inc., No. 3:14-cv-00853-TBR, ____ F. Supp.3d ____ (W.D. Ky. May 4, 2016) (granting summary judgment to employer on employee’s disability discrimination and failure-to-accommodate claims).

Sharp v. Waste Management of Ohio, Inc., et al., 47 F.Supp.3d 584 (S.D. Ohio Sept. 16, 2014) (granting summary judgment to corporate and individual defendants on employee’s federal and state claims for disability discrimination and retaliation, FMLA interference and retaliation, workers’ compensation retaliation, and wrongful discharge).

Brian Johnson v. Five Rivers Metro Parks, et al., Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Case No. 2014 CV 00022 (July 21, 2014) (granting 12(b)(6) dismissal to public agency and public employees on claims of negligent hiring, negligent retention, negligent supervision, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and public records violations).

Titus v. Verizon Wireless, Case No. 3:10-cv-469, 2012 WL 4089898 (S.D. Ohio Sept. 17, 2012) (granting summary judgment to corporate and individual defendants on employee’s federal and state claims for race and gender discrimination and retaliation).

In re Rotek Incorporated and USW Local 8565, 131 LA 895 (Miles, 2012) (denying union’s contract interpretation grievance and rejecting union’s argument that crews had to be fully-staffed before employer could implement new 24/7 schedule).

Berryman, et al. v. SuperValu Holdings, Inc., et al., 669 F.3d 714 (6th Cir. Feb. 24, 2012) (upholding grant of summary judgment to employer  in eleven-plaintiff, nine-defendant race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation lawsuit filed under state and federal law).

In re Moyno, ODJFS Docket No. 000000001200010, Determination ID 224640498-1 (May 24, 2012) (issuing global denial of unemployment benefits for employees involved in four-month labor dispute).

Moyno, Inc. v. UAW et al., Clark County Court of Common Pleas Case No. 12-CV-0249 (March 12, 2012) (granting employer’s request for injunctive relief to control union behavior during strike).

In re Chemineer, ODJFS Docket No. 000000001000003, Determination ID 220449532-1 (April 16, 2010) (issuing global denial of unemployment benefits for employees involved in two-month labor dispute).

Berryman v. SuperValu Holdings, Inc., Case No. 3:05cv169, S.D. Ohio (March 31, 2010) (issuing eleven separate summary judgment decisions in favor of corporate and individual defendants on employees’ federal and state claims for race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation).

Chemineer, Inc. v. Int’l Assoc. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Case No. 2010CV02008 (March 9, 2010) (granting employer’s request for injunctive relief to control union behavior during strike).

Joy v. Robbins & Myers, Inc., DOL ARB Case No. 08-049 (Oct. 29, 2009) (upholding dismissal of former employee’s SOX complaint in ALJ Case No. 2007-SOX-074).

IAMAW Local Lodge 225 and Chemineer, Inc., 12-2 ARB ¶5588 (Zeiser, Sept. 17, 2009) (denying union’s contractual grievance filed on behalf of materials handler who was discharged for sleeping on-the-job).

Meade v. Honda of Am. Mfg., et al., Case No. 3:02cv419, 2009 WL 10457600 (S.D. Ohio Feb. 27, 2009) (dismissing plaintiff’s COBRA claims).

Liberty Township v. SERB, 2007-Ohio-295 (10th Dist. 2007) (sustaining employer’s objections to union representation election, invalidating certified election results, and ordering new election).

Magnode Corp. v. ODJFS, 2006-Ohio-3086 (12th Dist. 2006) (upholding global denial of unemployment benefits for employees involved in nine-month labor dispute, saving employer almost $400,000).

Education

Law School

The Ohio State University Michael E. Mortiz College of Law, J.D., 2004 with Honors in Law
ABA Award of Excellence in Study of Labor & Employment Law, 2004
National Moot Court Team, 2003-2004
Lawrence Herman Moot Court Competition, 1st Place Winner, 2003
Michael Colley Mock Trial Competition, 1st Place Winner, 2003

Undergraduate School

Missouri State University, B.S. in Professional Writing, 2000, magna cum laude

Bar Membership

Jennifer is licensed to practice in the following states:

Ohio, 2004

Kentucky, 2015

Courts

Jennifer is admitted to practice before the following courts:

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Rising Stars, by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014-2015; and Kentucky Rising Stars, by Kentucky Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016-2017

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity: Law Student Mentor (2015-present)

Abilities First Foundation: Trustee, Secretary, and Executive Committee Member, 2008-present

Wegerzyn Garden Foundation: Board Member, 2010-2012

Brown’s Run Country Club: Trustee and Secretary, 2005-2010

Middletown Area United Way: New Business Account Manager, 2007

Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce: Steering Committee for Community Leadership, 2006-2007

Volunteer Lawyer’s Project: Volunteer Attorney, 2004-2007; Volunteer of the Year, 2007

Middfest International: Executive Committee, 2005; Performing Arts Committee, 2004

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity: Law Student Mentor (2015-present)

Abilities First Foundation: Trustee, Secretary, and Executive Committee Member, 2008-present

Wegerzyn Garden Foundation: Board Member, 2010-2012

Brown’s Run Country Club: Trustee and Secretary, 2005-2010

Middletown Area United Way: New Business Account Manager, 2007

Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce: Steering Committee for Community Leadership, 2006-2007

Volunteer Lawyer’s Project: Volunteer Attorney, 2004-2007; Volunteer of the Year, 2007

Middfest International: Executive Committee, 2005; Performing Arts Committee, 2004

Presentations

Jennifer was invited to speak at the following events:

FLSA Basics and the “Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very-Bad” Change, BB&T Annual Non-Profit Seminar (Oct. 2016)

 

 

Major Publications

Jennifer is an author of the following publications:

Alison Stemler, Taxation of Executive Compensation – Planning and Practice, Chapter 1A – “Negotiating and Drafting Executive Employment Agreements” (Matthew Bender 2017).

Wishful thinking” won’t transform indefinite leave into reasonable accommodation,” KY Employment Law Letter, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Nov. 2016)

UPS driver’s disability bias case upended by Kentucky law’s definition of “disability,” KY Employment Law Letter, Vol. 26, No. 10 (July 2016)

Kentucky professor’s discrimination claim fails because of “new sheriff in town,” KY Employment Law Letter, Vol. 26, No. 8 (May 2016)

Vague gripes doom “pencil-pusher’s” disability discrimination claim, KY Employment Law Letter, Vol. 26, No. 6 (March 2016)

Minor slights lead to “reasonable belief” of major problem,  KY Employment Law Letter, Vol. 26, No. 5 (Feb. 2016)

A bird in the hand for two years beats no bird at all, KY Employment Law Letter, Vol. 25, No. 4 (Jan. 2016)