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Jennifer is Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Group, a growing and diverse Team of professionals who are dedicated to providing public and private sector employers with excellent advice and representation, in all facets of their relationships with employees.

When a client chooses McNees for their Labor & Employment needs, they are not only getting market leading professionals in the field, they are also gaining access to the full strength of McNees’ Ancillary Businesses & Services, Industry Groups and Practice Groups.

What is Jen’s Approach to the Practice of Law?
Practical and collaborative.  She takes the time to learn each Client’s business and recognizes that an Organization’s employees are only one piece of the puzzle.

Jen works with Executives, In-House Counsel and Human Resources professionals to help implement the strategies necessary to achieve their business objectives, while staying in compliance with the ever-growing body of labor and employment laws.

When a Client’s decisions are challenged before a government agency or in a court of law, Jen assembles the right team to mount a strong defense, without ever losing sight of opportunities for resolution along the way.

What does Jen do for Clients?
Jen provides proactive and reactive legal services to McNees Clients, in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.  While she provides the day-to-day counseling services that the L&E Team provides to Clients, a sample of services Jen provided to Clients in 2019 and 2020 include:

  • Internal investigations for clients facing reports of harassment and discrimination;
  • Counseling clients through the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Leading collective bargaining negotiations with unions of all sizes;
  • Arbitration of discharge and contract interpretation labor disputes;
  • Devising strategies for non-union companies facing organizing campaigns;
  • Developing litigation strategies for Clients facing employment law claims
  • Training on topics such as:
    • Discriminatory Harassment Prevention
    • The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Interactive Process
    • Administering A Family & Medical Leave Act Program
    • Employment Law Boot Camps for H.R. Professionals
    • Social Media in Employment
    • Union Avoidance Training for Managers and Supervisors;

What do Clients have to say about Jen and the McNees Labor & Employment Group?
“Jen is extremely knowledgeable, responsive and truly understands the fine art of providing high-quality outside legal service to a fast-paced, complex business environment.  If you already made the decision to use her and her team for legal assistance, good for you.  If you want or need this sort of outside legal assistance, give Jen a call.  You won’t regret it.  Thanks for all the great help Jen!” – Rich Laws, Executive Vice President, Chief Counsel and Corporate Secretary

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your partnership and guidance over the past many years.  You are a true professional who possesses the expertise and experience to handle the most complex employment law and employee relations issues. Your strategic approach to risk assessment instills a sense of confidence and has consistently allowed our team to make well informed decisions and achieve highly effective results. Thank you for making my job easier even during the most challenging circumstances.” –  Jennifer Allison, Vice President, Human Resources

“Jen is the most professional and informative attorney that I have ever had the pleasure to work with.  Her knowledge of Labor Law is unparalleled and is an asset to any firm that utilizes her services.”  – Ed Young, Labor Relations Manager

How does Jen spend her free time?
On the weekends, you will likely find Jen cheering at one of her son’s lacrosse or ice hockey games.  She enjoys taking in a ballet or a musical with her daughter.  She loves the beach and taking trail runs with her husband and rescue dog.

MEMBERSHIPS

Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Council,  Past Chair

Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, Past President

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, Scholarship Committee, Past Scholarship Committee

United Way Capital Region, Capital Club/Bronze Level; Bridges Society Leader and Women’s Leadership Circle

MS Leadership Class of 2011

Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series, Class of 2014-2015

EDUCATION

Dickinson College, B.A., 1996

Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1999, Widener University Moot Court Honor Society International Environmental Moot Court Champion, 1999, Order of the Barristers

HONORS/AWARDS

YWCA Tribute to Women of Excellence Award Recipient, 2011

Lawyers on the Fast Track, 2014

Forty Under 40, 2014

COURT ADMISSIONS

U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court – Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Contact Info

Practice Groups