Jennifer is the Managing Partner at the firm who focuses her practice in commercial and business litigation and appellate practice. She has successfully tried both bench and jury trials. Jennifer has also written and argued appeals before the Appellate Courts of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She is a former Chair of the Appellate Law Committee of the DuPage County Bar Association.
Jennifer is a Kentucky native and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2001. In 2006, she graduated from Tulane University Law School. While in law school, she earned an Environmental Law Certificate and was awarded the Community Service Award for Commitment to Public Service. She also clerked for Justice Charles R. Jones in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Jennifer resides in Wheaton, Illinois with her husband and three children.
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2010
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2007
- Illinois, 2006
- Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2006
- University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 2001
- B.A., English
- Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Professional Associations and Memberships
- DuPage County Bar Association
- Chair of the Appellate Law Committee, 2014-2015
- National Association for Down Syndrome
- Member of Board of Directors, 2010-2014
- Illinois State Bar Association
- General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Council
- Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association
- DuPage Association of Women Lawyers
- Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
Honors and Awards
- Leading Lawyers Peer Selected 2019
- Recipient of the Daily Herald’s Business Ledger 2018 Influential Women in Business Award
- Emerging Lawyers, Leading Lawyers Network, 2015-2016
- A Primer on Perfecting and Enforcing Attorneys' Liens, Illinois State Bar Association General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Newsletter (March, 2016).
- Attorney Sanctions: When are Supreme Court Rule 137 Motions Appropriate? DuPage County Bar Association Brief, Volume 21, Number 4 (January (2009).
- Whose Auto Insurance Policy is Primary? DuPage County Bar Association Brief, Volume 20, Number 2 (November, 2007).
- Jennifer L. Friedland, Lauryn E. Parks, and James F. McCluskey, Trial: The Final Countdown, The Journal of the DuPage County Bar Association, Volume 24 (June, 2012).
- Creating a Record: Preservation of Errors and Offers of Proof, DuPage Association of Women Lawyers’ Annual MCLE Seminar, March 7, 2013.
- Navigating the Illinois Trade Secrets Act, DuPage County Bar Association Mega Meeting, January 22, 2011.
- Won a motion for directed finding after a five-day trial of a commercial-landlord tenant dispute, and subsequently won a motion for summary judgment on the counterclaim for past-due rent.
- Successfully defended against a motion for attorneys’ fees brought pursuant to Section 5 of the Illinois Trade Secret Act after a five-day evidentiary hearing, and overturned entry of summary judgment finding of non-existence of trade secret.
- Successfully defended a manufacturer of parts to be used by the U.S. Army in MRAP vehicles in a jury trial in which we obtained a favorable jury verdict in a breach of contract action filed by a sub-contractor. While the Plaintiff subcontractor sought $2.8 million in damages, we argued that damages were limited to $93,000. The jury found damages in the amount of $106,950, which represents $93,000 in liability, plus interest. This verdict was affirmed on appeal.
- Successfully defended a manufacturer sued by a former employee and shareholder for breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, violation of the Illinois Wage Claims and Collections Act, promissory fraud, claim under Section 12.56 of the Illinois Business Corporations Act, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, claim under COBRA, and punitive damages. In a bench trial, Plaintiff sought in excess of $10 million dollars and the court found in favor of our client on all counts, which resulted in no monetary award to the Plaintiff.
- Presented argument to the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, in representation of an individual steelworker’s claim for his pension benefits under ERISA after the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, found that such pension benefits could not be offset by his workers compensation settlement.