Jenni represents employers in highly sensitive workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation investigations, where her people-sense and discretion provide an opportunity for participants to be heard.

Overview

As a litigator and employment law advisor, Jenni helps employers create and manage a successful and diverse workplace. She is an adept litigator with experience representing closely-held family businesses and large international companies. She is a trusted counselor on the full range of employment issues, including hiring, firing, employee leaves, disability law, discrimination and harassment prevention, wage and hour, executive employment agreements, and noncompetition and confidentiality agreements.

Jenni helps clients in higher education, health care, technology and other industries to resolve workplace disputes and adhere to best practices when complying with the range of laws governing employment relationships. She assists employers with building diverse workforces and trains managers and employees. She also conducts a wide range of workplace investigations involving high-risk personnel claims and whistleblower claims.

Experience

Jenni has led internal investigations at privately-held and publically-owned companies, dealing with highly sensitive issues of racial discrimination, sexual harassment and sex discrimination.

Jenni recently obtained a favorable settlement for a large Minnesota company facing discrimination and retaliation claims.

She successfully defended a major medical device manufacturer against whistleblower claims, negotiating a favorable settlement for her client.

A former Fulbright scholar, Jenni serves on the firm’s pro bono committee and donates her time to help clients with employment, social security, family law and immigration issues.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"Eye-Opening Tactics for Better Diversity Recruiting," May 2017

"Employment Law Updates," Business Law Update, March 2017

“The Basics of Physician Employment Agreements,” October 2014 and October 2016

Recognitions

Recognitions

"Breaking the Ice: Human Aspect of Employment Law Adds Appeal," Minnesota Lawyer, September 2018

As part of a team with four other Stinson Leonard Street attorneys, Jenni was named a 2013 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota LawyerThe recognition came after concluding the McGrath v. MICO dispute, resulting in a $21.8 million court award, one of the largest in Minnesota history for a case of this kind.

Selected to the Minnesota Rising Stars list, 2014-2017

Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2016

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

The Advocates for Human Rights, Board Member

Minnesota Law Review Alumni Advisory Board, Past President

Federal Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Minnesota Women Lawyers

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Education

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2008

  • Minnesota Law Review, Lead Note and Comment Editor
  • Volumes 35 & 36 Memorial Award for Outstanding Staff Writing
  • 2007 Hofstra Law School Family Law Writing Competition winner

Northwestern University, B.A., Gender Studies and Political Science, cum laude, 2002

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