Jennifer Shoaf Richardson is an Associate in the Jacksonville, Florida, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Richardson represents large and small employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counsel, and all stages of litigation in Florida and Georgia.
Ms. Richardson is an experienced litigator, who routinely represents employers before state and federal agencies, state and federal trial courts, and courts of appeal. She works with clients in a range of industries encompassing healthcare, transportation, hospitality, financial, technology, agriculture, and construction. Ms. Richardson is equipped to see cases through to completion, as she has handled dozens of appeals in Florida state courts, the 11th Circuit, and the Georgia Court of Appeals. She is also an active member of the firm’s Privacy, Data and Cybersecurity Group where she assists employers in navigating emerging issues related to privacy for their customers, employees, and vendors.
Ms. Richardson is a leader in Florida and Jacksonville, serving as President of the statewide Florida Association for Women Lawyers and past President of the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association. She frequently speaks on issues related to gender equality, pay equity, parental leave, sexual harassment, and the promotion and retention of women leaders. She is available to advise clients and provide training on meaningful diversity initiatives within their businesses.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Richardson served as a law clerk for judges Peter D. Webster and Simone Marstiller, formerly of Florida’s First District Court of Appeal. She grew up in Pensacola, Florida and Milan, Tennessee, where her family owned and operated small businesses. With this background, she enjoys helping businesses and non-profits of all sizes thrive and believes this begins with the employer-employee relationship.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•Chief Justice's Advisory Committee for the 2019 Pro Bono Service Awards, Member
•Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Equal Justice Committee Member
•Pro Bono Appeals handled in 2012, 2013, and 2015
Honors and Recognitions
•Attorney at Law Magazine First Coast, 2019 Women in Law (2019)
•Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Leader in the Law (2013)
•Jacksonville Business Journal, 40 Under 40 (2019)
•Legal Elite, Up & Comer (2015, 2017, 2018)
•“What Jacksonville Employers Need to Know About the Expanded Human Rights Ordinance,” Association of Corporate Counsel North Florida Chapter Newsletter (First Quarter 2017) [Co-Author]
•“Profile of Judge Thomas D. Winokur of the First District Court of Appeal,” The Record, Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar (February 2017) [Author]
•“Defending Your Database from Disgruntled Employees,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Focus on the North Florida Chapter (October 2016) [Author]
•“Profile of Judge Scott Makar of the First District Court of Appeal,” The Record, Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar (Summer 2013) [Author]
•“New Appellate Rule for Probate and Guardianship Proceedings,” Florida Bar Journal (September/October 2012) [Co-Author]
Speeches and Presentations
•“Law Surrounding Women in the Workplace: Title VII, the Equal Pay Act, Pregnancy Discrimination, and Sexual Harassment.” CLE St. Johns County Association for Women Lawyers (St. Augustine, FL April 2019) (presenter)
•“Reasonable Accommodation & Leave Management Under the ADA,” Client HR Training (Nashville, TN April 2019) (co-presenter)
•“Parental Leave: The Proposed Continuance Rule and Practical Strategies to Make it Work” and “Rainmaking for Women Lawyers: Turning a Mist into a Deluge” and “Women on the Florida Supreme Court,” CLE, FAWL Annual Summit (Neptune Beach, FL October 2018) (presenter and moderator)
•“Diversity and Inclusion in the Courtroom and Beyond,” CLE, Florida Defense Lawyers Association Annual Meeting (Boca Raton, FL, September 2018) (panelist)
•“The #MeToo Movement and Lessons Learned,” (Jacksonville, FL September 2018) (presenter)
•“Women in Leadership,” AIA Jacksonville’s Women in Architecture (Jacksonville, FL August 2018) (panelist)
•“Your Company has Been Hacked: an Interactive Data Breach Simulation,” ACC Orlando Symposium (Orlando, FL August 2018) (presenter)
•“Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession,” Jacksonville Association for Legal Administrators (Jacksonville, FL August 2018) (presenter)
•“Be Heard in the Boardroom: In-House Counsel Advise on Their Career Paths and Best Practices for Working in the Business Community, “ CLE Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association (Jacksonville, FL May 2018) (moderator)
•“Why GOOD Guys are Important: Getting Men Engaged in Gender Equality,” CLE Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association (Jacksonville, FL April 2018) (moderator)
•“Unity Day: Stronger Together,” CLE, D.W. Perkins Bar Association and The Florida Bar Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Jacksonville, FL January 2018)
•“FMLA and ADA 101,” Basic Labor and Employment Law CLE, produced by The Florida Bar (Tampa, FL, April 2017) (presenter)
•“After the Briefs: The Life of an Appeal,” Appellate Advocacy Clinic Florida Coastal School of Law (Jacksonville, FL, October 2015) (guest lecturer)
•“The Role of Staff Attorneys,” E. Earle Zehmer Appellate Practice Seminar “Inside the First DCA” produced by Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar (Tallahassee, FL, April 2015, March 2012) (moderator)
•“Young Lawyers and Professionalism,” Practicing with Professionalism CLE produced by Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar (Jacksonville, FL, November 2014) (panelist)
•“First District Court of Appeal,” Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference (Bonita Springs, FL, July 2014) (panelist)
In the News
May 2, 2019
Attorney At Law Magazine
Jennifer Shoaf Richardson is Spotlighted in 2019 Women in Law Feature
Jennifer Shoaf Richardson is spotlighted as a top female lawyer in 2019 Women in Law, by Attorney at Law Magazine. Subscription may be required to view article
April 25, 2019
Jacksonville Business Journal
Jennifer Shoaf Richardson is Spotlighted in 40 Under 40 List
Jennifer Shoaf Richardson is spotlighted as a top young business leader in Get to know Jacksonville's 40 under 40, published by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Subscription may be required to view article
March 29, 2019
Jennifer Shoaf Richardson Comments on Gender Disparity in the Legal Profession
Jennifer Shoaf Richardson comments on implications of gender bias in the legal profession and its impact on parental leave and sexual harassment in Despite more women in law school and practicing law, gender disparities still exist. One local organization is working to change that, published by Jacksonville Magazine. Subscription...
May 14, 2017
Ransomware Attacks: Prevention and Preparedness
Several years ago, cyber criminals developed a profitable form of malware, now known as ransomware. A “ransomware” attack occurs when a hacker takes control of the victim’s information systems and encrypts its data, preventing the owner from accessing it unless the victim pays a sum of money, usually in the form of bitcoins. The FBI...
CEOs Lead Charge for National Consumer Privacy Law
January 17, 2019
Recently, Business Roundtable, an association for over 200 CEOs of America’s largest companies, released a detailed framework for a national consumer data privacy law that would provide uniformity in an area currently governed by an amalgam of state statutes and regulations.
By Jennifer Shoaf Richardson
SCOTUS Won’t Slime Viacom in Class Action Challenging Tracking Children Online
February 2, 2017
A class action alleging Viacom illegally obtained and disclosed personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen through the Nickelodeon website recently reached the end of line (almost) when the class’ petition for writ of certiorari was denied by the Supreme Court this month.
By Jennifer Shoaf Richardson