Jennifer A. Passannante
Partner - New Brunswick
Jennifer is a Partner in the firm devoting her practice to representing individuals as well as public and private employers in complex employment matters and other areas of civil litigation including civil rights and municipal law issues. Jennifer has significant experience litigating matters in both state and federal trial and appellate courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, and through arbitration and mediation. Jennifer has managed litigation involving claims of harassment and discrimination on the bases of sex, gender, pregnancy, age, race, religion, national origin, and disability, as well as whistleblower claims, family and medical leave related claims, civil rights claims, and issues of retaliation, defamation, and breach of contract.
Jennifer’s broad litigation experience bolsters her ability to provide a multifaceted and comprehensive approach to a variety of issues facing both individuals and businesses in the employment context. She regularly counsels clients regarding employment related issues, including but not limited to, disciplinary action and termination, compliance and policy matters, workplace restructuring, compensation arrangements, hiring and termination documentation, and agency investigations and audits.
Jennifer applies her vast employment litigation experience as the Co-Chair of the firm's Cannabis Law Group. She is committed to remaining at the forefront of legal considerations relevant to the cannabis industry.
Jennifer’s practice also extends into the field of Education & School Law, counseling clients in the areas of Individualized Education Plans (IEP); Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) and other education related issues.
Jennifer conducts seminars and trainings for employers on human resources and employment-related topics, including best management practices, diversity and inclusion efforts, disabled workers and reasonable accommodations, effective hiring, wage and hour compliance, unlawful harassment and discrimination, internal investigations, employee training and employment law updates.
Jennifer is the chair of the firm’s diversity and inclusion committee, which is committed to cultivating diversity of thought, action and background in an effort to better serve our clients, our employees and our community. She is also a member of the firm’s technology committee, responsible for ensuring that the firm’s technologies and innovation keep current with the needs of our clients, as well as with industry standards.
In 2012, Jennifer was selected as a fellow for the New Leaders Council, a premier leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career advancement program for young professionals. From 2013-2019 she has been selected to the New Jersey Rising Stars list by New Jersey Super Lawyers. In 2014, Jennifer also had the honor of being named to the New Jersey Law Journal New Leaders of the Bar list, one of only 50 attorneys chosen to represent a new wave of leadership in the New Jersey legal profession.
In 2016, Jennifer was named a member of the inaugural class of The Irish Legal 100’s Rising Stars, a listing of distinguished legal professionals of Irish descent under age 40 from across the United States. Additionally, in 2016, Jennifer received Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent Rating: the highest level rating based on reviews from members of the bar and judiciary for her professional excellence.
In 2017, Jennifer was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve on the District VIII Fee Arbitration Committee, which has the jurisdiction to arbitrate fee disputes between clients and attorneys in Middlesex County.
Jennifer is presently a member of New Jersey Women Lawyer’s Association and New Brunswick Bar Association. Previously, she served as a board member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division, member of the Middlesex County Bar Association and member of the New Jersey Defense Association.
Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with cum laude distinction. She received her law degree from Villanova University School of Law, where she served as secretary of the Pro Bono Law Society and as a managing editor of the Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.
- Member, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
- Member, New Brunswick Bar Association
- Member, District VIII Fee Arbitration Committee
- Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (“CLM”)
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