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Overview

Jennifer brings a wealth of experience in a variety of family law and employment law matters to her work with Michael Best.

Known as a hardworking, fair, and results-driven advocate for her clients, Jennifer provides guidance in navigating the many complexities of divorce, including property division, alimony, and custody issues. Her skills include representing clients for temporary orders, mediation, drafting settlement agreements, drafting pre-marital agreements, and litigation, including evidentiary hearings and trials.  

Jennifer represents clients in employment law matters including: drafting, negotiating, and defending employment agreements; advising clients with respect to a variety of questions such as hirings, terminations, Title VII, ADA , ADEA, non-competes, and other issues; drafting and revision of policies, procedures, and handbooks; and defending clients through the rigors of employment litigation, including summary judgment and trial. She previously practiced employment law in both the private and governmental spheres.

In addition to her family law and employment law practices, Jennifer also defends accounting firms, including representation before the PCAOB.

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Utah Legal Elite, Family Law, Utah Business magazine, 2012- present
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2012- present
  • Mentorship Award, Utah State Bar, 2016
  • 30 Women to Watch, Utah Business Magazine, 2016
  • Hearts and Hands Award for Community Service, 2006

Professional Activities

  • Utah State Bar
    • Vice President, Executive Committee, Family Law Section
    • Member, Litigation and Employment Law Sections
    • Accommodations Committee, 2003-2010
    • Section Chief, Bar Examination Committee, 2006-2009
    • Bar Examiner, 1998-2004
    • Chair, Utah State Bar Convention, 2004
  • President, Mountain States Chapter,  American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2017-2018
  • Member, 3rd District Court Pro Bono Committee, 2012-Present
  • Member, American Inns of Court, Sutherland lnn, 2007-Present
  • Board of Trustees, University of Utah College of Law, 2004-2009
  • Executive Committee, Women Lawyers of Utah, 1994-1996

Education

Admission

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Alta Club, 2013-2015
  • Board Member, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake City, 2013-Present
  • Board Member, Columbus Community Center, a nonprofit organization that provides support services for individuals with disabilities, 2016-Present
  • Founding Board Member, Utah State Religious Studies, 1998-2007
  • Advisory Board, Utah State University College of HASS, 1998-2005
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