Jenni helps employers solve complex problems and manage risk.

Overview

A trusted employment law advisor, Jenni partners with her clients to create and sustain successful and diverse workplaces.  She counsels employers on the full range of employment issues, including hiring, firing, employee leaves, disability law, discrimination and harassment prevention, diversity and inclusion, OSHA, performance management, and wage and hour.  Through her counseling practice, Jenni works with her clients to understand their business objectives and implement practical solutions that achieve their goals and mitigate risk.

Jenni is an adept litigator with experience representing large international companies, closely-held family businesses, and nonprofit organizations in high stakes litigation.  She has successfully litigated complex cases in federal and state court, arbitration, and before administrative agencies across the country.  Her litigation experience includes appellate advocacy and class action defense. 

Jenni is also an experienced investigator whom companies and higher education institutions call upon to assess and handle highly sensitive complaints.  She regularly leads investigations into high-risk whistleblower claims involving harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and ethics.  She partners with her clients to implement appropriate remedial measures and manage internal and external publicity.

In her transactional practice, Jenni regularly prepares and negotiates employment-related contracts, including executive employment agreements and non-competition and confidentiality agreements.  She also performs employment-related due diligence in mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Stinson, Jenni served as a law clerk for the Honorable David S. Doty, United States District Court, District of Minnesota.  She is a former Fulbright Scholar who lived and performed research in Cameroon.

A dedicated pro bono volunteer, Jenni serves on the firm’s Pro Bono and Deinard Legal Clinic Intake Committees, and donates her time to help clients with employment, social security, family law and immigration issues.

Experience

Jenni successfully defended one of the largest assisted living providers in the United States against whistleblower claims brought by a former executive officer. 

Jenni represented a software start up to favorably resolve age discrimination claims brought by a former employee.

She provides ongoing employment counseling services to nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions, and businesses with international operations.

Jenni won a summary judgment ruling for an international employer and defended the ruling before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where she achieved a full affirmance.

Jenni has led high stakes internal investigations at privately-held and publicly-owned companies into race discrimination, sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliation allegations.

Jenni 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.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"#MeToo and Higher Education," St. Catherine University, October 2019

"Supreme Court and EEOC Update," New Challenges for HR in 2019, Stinson LLP, February 2019

"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

Publications

"Supreme Court Vacates Ninth Circuit Ruling on Equal Pay Act Due to Judge's Death Prior to Decision Filing," Stinson Alert, February 2019

"Department of Education Proposes New Title IX Regulations Governing Sexual Harassment and Assault," Stinson Alert, November 2018

"Secretary of Education Seeks to Rescind Obama-Era Gainful Employment Regulations," Stinson Alert, August 2018

"DOL Issues Guidance on Applicability of FLSA Exemptions to Higher Education Jobs," Stinson Alert, April 2018

"Ninth Circuit Holds Prior Salary Information Does Not Justify Pay Disparities Under Equal Pay Act," Stinson Alert, April 2018

"A Growing Number of States and Cities Banning Salary History Inquiries," Stinson Alert, August 2017

"Philadelphia Bans Salary History Inquiries, Signaling a Growing Trend," Stinson Alert, December 2016

"DOL Issues Final Rule Requiring Covered Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave," Stinson Alert, October 2016

"St. Paul Joins Minneapolis in Passing Paid-Sick Ordinance," Stinson Alert, September 2016

"Best Practices for Accommodating Pregnant and Postpartum Employees," Stinson Alert, December 2015

"City of Minneapolis Considering Dramatic Changes for Minneapolis Employers," Stinson Alert, October 2015

EEOC Issues New Guidance on The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, March 2014

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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