Jennifer was born and raised in Fargo, ND, where she enjoyed her first career as a blackjack dealer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from North Dakota State University before moving to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark Law School. There she earned her JD with a certificate in public interest law. During law school, Jennifer spent a summer abroad studying Chinese law and another summer working in the Municipal Attorney’s office in Anchorage, Alaska. She also worked on bankruptcy and family law cases at the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic, where she won an award for outstanding client advocacy.
After law school, Jennifer spent five years working in various family law positions at the Multnomah County Court, from the chaotic self-help center to the quiet of judge’s chambers. She most recently worked as a judicial clerk, where she had an excellent mentor and was able to focus on strategies for effective advocacy
Jennifer’s practice is based on a strong understanding of her clients’ needs and goals. Creative problem solving is one of her favorite aspects of representation and she enjoys collaborating with her clients to identify the best strategy for each unique case. Jennifer’s clients appreciate her attentive, compassionate, and hard-working approach as well as her objective advice. Jennifer appreciates the ability to remove a heavy weight from her clients’ shoulders; knowing there is a strong advocate in your corner can make an incredible difference while working through this difficult time in your life.
When she’s not working, Jennifer is outside–hiking, spending time with friends, or sitting on the patio with a book. She also does volunteer work and enjoys travelling, particularly road trips to visit her friends and family in North Dakota and Minnesota.