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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 to be a hardworking, fair, and results-driven advocate for her clients, she 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

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated
  • Utah Legal Elite for Family Law, Utah Business magazine, 2012- present
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2012- present
  • 2016 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, 2017-18
  • Member, 3rd District Court Pro Bono Committee, 2012-present
  • Member, American Inns of Court, Sutherland lnn, 2007-present
  • University of Utah College of Law Board of Trustees, 2004-2009
  • Executive Committee, Women Lawyers of Utah 1994-1996

Education

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Community Involvement

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