The leader in workers’ compensation defense law.

Counseling employers and insurance carriers throughout California.

Career Basics

Jennifer joined the firm's San Jose office in January 2015. Her primary Workers' Compensation Appeals Board venues are San Jose and Salinas. In 2006, Jennifer transitioned into workers' compensation after practicing civil law for five years. She represents insurance carriers, third-party administrators, and permissibly self-insured employers in all aspects of workers' compensation claims. Jennifer also represents employers in claims of serious and willful misconduct and unlawful discrimination pursuant to Labor Code Section 132(a). She has worked exclusively as a defense attorney, and has appeared at various Workers' Compensation Appeals Board locations throughout California, including San Jose, Salinas, Oakland, San Francisco, and Sacramento. She handles complex and high exposure claims.

Education

Jennifer graduated from California State University, Chico in 1994, with a Bachelor of Arts in History. In the summers during college, Jennifer worked at the District Attorney's office in Santa Clara County. After she graduated college, she returned to the District Attorney's Office full time, and attended Lincoln Law School of San Jose in the evenings graduating in 2000. While attending Lincoln Law School, Jennifer served for two years as the Secretary of the Student Bar Association, and in 1998, received the Academic Excellence Award for the Moot Court Team Best Oral Argument.

Professional Membership

Jennifer is an active member of the State Bar of California, having been admitted to practice in 2001.

Personal Note

I come from a long line of legal practitioners, including my father and grandfather. Given these great influences in my life, I knew as early as the first grade that I, too, wanted to be a lawyer. My practice started out in the civil arena, representing surety bond companies who issued contractor's license bonds, notary bonds, and vehicle dealer bonds. This early work led to an understanding of the insurance industry, and ultimately, an easy transition into workers' compensation. However, just before this transition, I worked for a firm which handled employment litigation, as well as criminal defense. The vast differences in the two areas of practice provided me with valuable experiences in drafting legal pleadings, including various motions, appellate briefs, and writ of mandamus, as well as appearing and arguing at ex parte hearings and the law and motion calendar. My transition into workers' compensation in 2006 has allowed me to continue my growth in a specialized, ever-changing area of law, where no case is ever the same.

My life outside of the legal profession includes raising two active boys with my husband. We live in the country, growing hay and raising animals (three dogs, a cat, and a rabbit named Steve) and livestock. My family and I are involved in a local 4-H club, and my husband and I enjoy working with and teaching young people through this organization. I am also involved at my children's school, serving on the school's Board. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, camping, and entertaining family and friends.