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Jennifer Williams provides comprehensive labor and employment law advice with a particular emphasis on discrimination and wage-and-hour issues.

Jennifer advises clients in a variety of industries, including media and entertainment, hospitality, personal service, creative arts and home care.  She provides counseling regarding policies and practices related to issues such as independent contractor status, paid sick leave, and unpaid interns.  Her litigation experience includes gender, race, national origin and disability discrimination claims, as well as overtime and minimum wage class and collective actions.  She has also represented clients in federal, state and local government investigations into wage-and-hour practices.

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Jennifer served for five years as a law clerk for The Honorable Roanne L. Mann, Chief Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. As Judge Mann's senior law clerk, Jennifer helped manage a docket of more than 300 cases, with a particular emphasis on pretrial matters and settlement strategy. In this role, she also advised the judge on developments in the law and analyzed complex legal issues related to Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, New York Labor Law and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Before her judicial clerkship, Jennifer was a litigation associate in the New York office of a large international full-service law firm, where she represented a number of high-profile media and entertainment companies as part of the firm’s intellectual property, commercial, and employment law practices. 

While in law school, Jennifer served as the Executive Notes and Comments Editor for the Brooklyn Law Review and graduated in the top 10 percent of her class.

Prior to law school, Jennifer, who holds a master's degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, worked for a variety of media companies as a writer, editor and researcher.
 

Representative Experience
  • Conducted audit of graphic design studio relating to possible worker misclassification.
  • Secured a more than $30 million arbitration award on behalf of nonprofit charitable foundation in breach of fiduciary duty matter.
  • Assisted federal magistrate judge in crafting settlement proposals for hundreds of wage-and-hour actions, including cases involving collective and class action claims.
  • Conducted comprehensive document review of employee emails on behalf of large talent agency in connection with termination counseling.