- Financial Services
- Business Litigation
- Construction & Design
- Insolvency & Commercial Bankruptcy
|Contact Info||Telephone: 901.529.3005|
|University ||Hendrix College, B.A., Economics/Business, with departmental distinction, 1988|
|Law School||University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., with high honors, 1993 Arkansas Law Review|
|Admitted||1993, Arkansas; 1993, Tennessee; 1993, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas; 1993, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee; 1995, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee; 1998, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 2003, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 2004, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee|
Professional Associations and Memberships
Arkansas Bar Association
•Memphis Bar Association
•Tennessee Bar Association
As a member of the firm's Financial Services industry team - and as an experienced business litigator and trial attorney - Jennifer primarily represents commercial lenders and lessors in creditors' rights issues throughout the country. She quickly assimilates intricate commercial and legal matters in order to deliver targeted strategies, especially in insolvency and bankruptcy matters. Among her accomplishments in the financial services industry:
•Litigation team leader in representing Fortune 100 commercial lender in inventory collateral recovery and pursuit of deficiency claims involving more than 1,000 floor-plan lending cases.
•Lead counsel in loan and account default litigation for a regional distributor and servicer of power generators and large-vehicle engines.
In addition to her extensive commercial litigation experience, Jennifer serves as trial counsel in construction litigation, employment law matters and commercial fraud claims. She advises on general litigation, loan documentation, employee and independent-contractor issues and corporate formation and has led training for in-house counsel and corporate leaders on emerging legal issues.
Jennifer assisted in the development of the firm's Extra Advantage SM Case Management System, where clients have extranet access to shared private files and reports and attorneys can achieve efficiency and cost-savings for clients in the management of their cases. She is also the e-discovery liaison for financial services litigation. In addition to assisting her clients with e-discovery needs, Jennifer has presented on topics such as e-discovery developments in bankruptcy courts.
Jennifer is Managing Partner of the Memphis office and a member of the Partner Board and the Diversity Council. Before her law practice, Jennifer was an accountant with a major public firm and concentrated on financial institution audits and loan valuations.
Grace St. Luke's Performing Arts Club, Treasurer, 2012-present
•Mid-South Pregnancy Loss Support Group, Board of Directors, 2006-2008
•Lead trial counsel for financial institution in matters such as lender liability, defaults and priority disputes in arbitration proceedings and state and federal courts throughout the country. Issues involved economic losses due to withdrawal of financing, fraud and interference with contracts, among others.
•Lead trial counsel for national auto-finance companies on consumer loan litigation, dealer disagreements and keeper issues.
•Lead counsel for loan and account default litigation for a regional distributor and servicer of power generators and large-vehicle engines. Representation included construction claims relating to private and government bonds.
•As litigation team leader, coordinated and managed a team of attorneys in representing Fortune 100 commercial lender throughout the United States in more than 1,000 significant-sized floor-plan lending cases involving retail dealers in a variety of industries. Outside national counsel position encompassed inventory collateral recovery efforts for a variety of industries and pursuit of deficiency claims in federal and state courts, as well as alternative dispute resolution forums.
•Lead counsel representing auto manufacturing company in dealer franchise litigation throughout Tennessee and Arkansas.
•Litigated for international manufacturer of industrial ovens in a dispute over the performance of a subcontractor's conveyor belts in auto manufacturing plant. Lead counsel for a trucking floor-plan finance company on a defaulted multimillion-dollar loan purchased as part of a bank closed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), spanning multiple locations and creditors. Negotiated settlement favorable to client.
•Lead trial counsel for party in litigation over the installation of a Jumbotron at university football stadium.
•Advised and litigated on behalf of distribution and transportation company in independent contractor and employee issues, ranging from third-party liability cases to wage and hour class-action conflicts.
•Obtained a favorable outcome for general contractor in multimillion dollar lawsuit by apartment complex owner over exterior fa,ade renovation.
•Lead trial counsel for regional grain elevator in lien and tort claims litigation, as well as disputed zoning issues.
•Appointed lead counsel to represent a receiver in wind-down and accounting of a medical-care facility.
Lead counsel in defense of insurance companies in litigation related to policy coverage.
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