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Overview

A self-described law nerd, Jenna is a commercial litigator who defends clients’ financial cases.

Jenna represents businesses across a variety of industries, with a focus on financial issues. She’s also litigated multidistrict class action and mass tort lawsuits. Corporate clients trust her to guide them successfully through complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy and adversary proceedings, antitrust, intellectual property disputes and regulatory proceedings. It’s a perfect fit for her skills at oral argument and persuasion: while Jenna aims to resolve matters outside of court whenever possible, she’s well prepared to represent clients at trial.

A former congressional journalist, Jenna brings this perspective to researching every detail of relevant law and developing unique positions and arguments. Clients appreciate her ability to distill complex legal issues and explain them in a common sense manner. Jenna excels at presenting legal arguments in ways juries can understand – and in ways that lead to victory for the client.


Industry

Service

Education

  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law
    • Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Executive Managing Editor
    • Student Bar Association, Vice President
    • Moot Court Honor Board
  • B.A., University of Southern California
    • Broadcast Journalism

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas – Women and the Law
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association

Languages

  • Spanish, conversant
  • German, conversant
Featured Experience

In-Depth Research Leads to Favorable Settlement

When a large agricultural developer released a new type of genetically modified corn seed into the U.S. market before it had been approved for import into China, the Chinese government responded by turning away all U.S. corn shipments. This represented millions in lost business opportunities, and farmers across the country filed a multidistrict class action suit against the developer. Jenna and her team leapt into action to defend the developer in a two-year case that required detailed analysis and comparison of U.S. and Chinese law. Thanks to a preemption clause Jenna uncovered in the Warehouse Act, the client reached a very favorable settlement for far less than the plaintiffs had expected.


Additional Experience
  • Obtained defense verdict for statewide hospital system in discrimination case in which former employee alleged race-based wrongful termination and wage discrimination. Achieved summary judgment after Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) had granted plaintiff permission to sue.
  • Successfully represented car dealership in negotiations with Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations for restoration of sales license.
Outside the Office

Jenna loves to travel, with favorite destinations including Palm Springs, California; wine regions around the world; and anywhere she can ski. She’s excitedly planning an adventurous future trip to Southeast Asia.

When she’s at home, you can often find Jenna enjoying dystopian literature, cheering on the Seattle Seahawks, or playing with her dog, Hops, an African basenji.

Community Leadership
  • Heart of Texas Lab Rescue