Direct Line: 217-223-0225
Office Phone: 217-223-3444
FAX: 217-223-3450
Jennifer concentrates her practice in the area of employment practice and workers compensation defense. In the employment area, Jennifer advises business and human resource professionals on compliance with Federal and State employment laws, including harassment, anti-discrimination, retaliation, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, wage and hour, and unemployment. She has provided training for other attorneys, management and employees. She has prepared employment policies, handbooks, non-competition agreements, non-disclosure agreements and severance agreements. Jennifer has represented employers in Federal and State court litigation and before administrative agencies and has extensive experience in mediating cases. She has handled matters before the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Commission on Human Rights, the Missouri Civil Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other agencies.  

Jennifer has tried numerous workers compensation cases in Illinois and Missouri and handled appeals through the 4th District Appellate Court of Illinois.  

In addition to defending employment practice and workers compensation claims, Jennifer handles a wide range of matters, including mechanic’s liens, civil defense, probate and estate planning matters. 

Jennifer is a frequent author and lecturer on employment practice and workers compensation issues, speaking to many groups, including other attorneys seeking continuing legal education. She focuses many of her discussions on issues of risk management and prevention.  

Jennifer has served many organizations, particularly focusing on family wellness and child protection, including her involvement with CASA and West Central Child Care Connection.  

Bar Admissions:
Illinois, 1996
Missouri, 1997
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh  Circuit 
U.S. District Court, Central  District of Illinois
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Adams County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Missouri State Bar Association
Illinois Association of Defense  Trial Counsel
University of Missouri    Columbia (J.D., 1996) Order of the Coif
Quincy University (B.A., summa  cum laude, 1993)
Community Involvement:
United Way, Board Member, 2011-present
West Central Child Care Connection
Board Member and Chairman of the Board,
Advocacy Network for Children/CASA Board Member, 2003-  2009
Cornerstone: Foundations for Families Board Member & Board President, 1998- 2005

Medical Marijuana and Employment, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Illinois Defense Update (2014)

Back Away from the “Like” Button: The Potential for Employers’ Liability in the Age of Social Networking, Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly Monograph, 4th Quarter (2011)
Recent Public Speaking:
“Fair Labor Standards Act: New Department of Labor Overtime Rule” presented to Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce and John Wood Community College Extension

“Medical Cannabis in Illinois” presented to the Society for Human Resource Management 

“Pregnancy Protection Rights in Illinois”
presented to the Society for Human Resource Management

“Illinois Concealed Carry Law 2013” presented to the Society for Human Resource Management

“Recent Developments in Employment Law” presented to the Illinois State Bar Association 

“Americans with Disabilities Act” presented to the Quincy Public Library and Historic Business Quincy District 
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