Jen draws on nearly 30 years of experience in tailoring legal solutions to employment-related problems to advise clients on both coasts. Her clients range from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies and business executives. She advises technology, financial services, publishing, professional services, and health care companies who seek regulatory, litigation, and compliance advice. She focuses her practice on wage and hour compliance and class actions, trade secrets and employment mobility disputes, and employment and equity agreements.
Jen’s bi-coastal employment practice focuses on crafting business solutions to legal problems facing corporations and executives. While she is a zealous advocate in the courtroom, she relishes her role as counselor and focuses her practice on solving employee mobility issues, litigating wage and hour class actions, and making employment regulations accessible for her corporate clients.
Some of her more recent representative litigation matters include:
- Winning a trial for a medical device manufacturer against its former CEO and obtaining an award of legal fees for the company against the former CEO.
- Successfully defending a group of technology executives in an employee non-solicitation lawsuit.
- Defeating preliminary injunction motion by one of the nation’s largest integrated pharmacy management companies against a former executive to prevent him from joining its competitor.
- Representing a global investment bank relating to an alleged breach of an employee’s restrictive covenant agreement and unfair competition claims.
- Defending multiple corporations in multi-jurisdictional wage and hour class action claims in California and New York.
Jen, who has an AV Preeminent ranking from Martindale-Hubbell, is a faculty member and advisor to The Honor Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists Navy Seals and other armed services special operators transition from military service to the private sector.
Jen, who was named as one of the Top Influential Leaders in 2018 and in the 2017 list of Influential Women by the San Diego Daily Transcript, is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal and other publications about employment topics and is a frequent contributor to the firm’s award-winning employmentmatters.com blog. You can follow her Corporate Divorce Series she publishes on LinkedIn here.
- University of Connecticut (JD)
- University of Connecticut (BA, History)
- Defended group of technology executives in an employee non-solicitation lawsuit.
- Defeated preliminary injunction motion by one of the nation’s largest integrated pharmacy management companies against a former executive to prevent him from joining its competitor.
- Represent an investment banking advisory firm and one of its managing directors in a FINRA arbitration commenced by a competitor which relates to a claim of a breach of an employee non-solicitation agreement.
- Won a trial for a medical device manufacturer against its former CEO for breach of employment contract and obtaining an award of legal fees for the company against the former CEO.
- Represented a global investment banking firm in connection with a claimed breach of an employee non-solicitation agreement by a multinational competitor.
- Serve as general outside counsel to a leading provider of organization-based cloud computing applications on employment matters, counseling on a variety of internal legal matters such as reductions in force, separations, non-competes and trade secret work, wage and hour and discrimination matters, executive compensation and benefits.
- Advised a beauty products company on a on a threatened sexual harassment matter involving senior-level executives. The Mintz team led an investigation into the claims, and also managed the ensuing mediation between the company and the individual threatening the claims, resulting in a a positive confidential settlement for our client.
- Obtained a decision by the New York Appellate Division to set aside the jury verdict against our client, a high-profile real estate developer, in a race discrimination case.
- Defended class action alleging unfair business practices in sale of memberships to activity and event platform. Case settled on terms favorable to client.
- Represented Project OHR, a nonprofit provider of home attendants, in two hybrid class actions and collective actions relating to issues that arise from overtime exemptions for certain domestic employees under federal and state law. We defeated both collection action certification under FLSA as well as Rule 23 class action.
- Represented an oncology drug development company in employment matters in connection with the reverse merger into a public company. The employment relationship of the executives was going to be impacted by the change to a public entity, which required extensive modification of the employment agreements and compliance with various federal laws and regulations applicable to officers of public companies.
- Represented an electric utility company in defense of claims under California’s Private Attorneys General Act relating to claims of wage and hour violations by an aggrieved employee.