Jennifer has a twin focus on litigation and food regulation, combining her litigation skills with her knowledge of FDA and USDA regulations to assist a variety of clients, both in the food and non-food realm.

Overview

Jennifer is able to economically and efficiently produce results for her clients in a variety of business litigation and food regulatory matters. In the food regulatory area, Jennifer has advised clients on FDA and USDA regulations, governing areas such as food labeling (including nutrition and health-related claims), additive petitions, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point planning and current good manufacturing practices. She is also familiar with the recently instated regulations pertaining to the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce, as well as the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA), the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) and the Egg Products Inspection Act (EPIA).

Jennifer combines her legal knowledge with a background in the insurance industry. Prior to law school, she acted as a team leader in a large claims department, which allows her to take a particularly pragmatic and venturous approach to her current practice.

Prior to joining the firm, Jennifer worked as a judicial clerk for the Arizona Court of Appeals for Honorable Garye Vasquez. She researched and wrote numerous civil and criminal decisions and opinions, including ones dealing with breach of contract and election challenges. She also attended oral argument and weekly discussion calendar with three-judge panel.

Jennifer is proud to have participated in the 2019 session of Ladder Down, an intensive one-year leadership and business development program for women lawyers.

Experience

Jennifer has obtained numerous favorable settlements for her clients, including a key settlement where she was able to protect her client from a potential multi-million dollar judgment.

She also obtained a de minimis settlement of less than $10,000 of an employment-related claim brought against another client, a fraction of what the plaintiff had demanded.

Business-oriented, Jennifer was able to obtain a successful settlement that allowed her client to rescind several agreements that would have prevented the client from doing business with a large number of customers.

More recently, Jennifer has assisted clients in labeling foods for import into the United States and has provided clients with helpful overviews of the food-related regulations that apply to their industry.

News & Insights

Publications

“How to Make a Nutrient Content Claim,” Quality Assurance Magazine, February 2021

“It’s Not Snake Oil: How to Make an Honest Health Claim,” Quality Assurance Magazine, September 2020

“Think Before You Ink: How to boldly declare your organic ingredients without getting in trouble with the FDA,” Quality Assurance Magazine, July 2020

“‘But I Didn’t Mean to Mislead!’: A refresher on FDA’s misbranding regulations,” Quality Assurance Magazine, June 2020

To (label) BE or not to (label) BE?Quality Assurance Magazine, April 2020

What the New Produce Regulations Mean for Restaurant Owners, February 2020

“HACCP? HARPC? Why the alphabet soup and what does it mean for me?” Quality Assurance & Food Safety Magazine, December 2019

“Tips on How to Write a Strong Appellate Brief,” Maricopa Lawyer, August 2015

Recognitions

Recognitions

SuperLawyers® Rising Star, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019

Southwest Super Lawyers’ Rising Star, 2020

Practices & Industries

Admissions

  • Arizona, 2010
  • U.S. District Court of Arizona, 2011

Education

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude,  2010

  • DeConcini, McDonald, Yetwin and Lacy Award for Highest Academic Achievement
  • Order of the Coif
  • Arizona Law Review Articles Editor
  • Perry Rogers Full Tuition Scholarship
  • Outstanding Performance in Oral Advocacy Award Recipient

University of California, Los Angeles, Masters in Social Welfare, 2000

University of Oxford, B.A., M.A., 1997

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