Jennifer began her career in Thunder Bay, Ontario with a full-service law firm but ultimately returned to Southern Ontario and commenced work in the Waterloo Region in 2014. After working for local firms where she developed a stellar relationship with her fellow lawyers and the courts, Jennifer joined Giffen LLP in 2023. Her practice is solely in the area of family law including being a panel lawyer for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. In addition to being the current Chair of the Family Lawyers of Waterloo Region, Jennifer is a member of The Advocates’ Society, the Family Lawyers Association, Collaborative Divorce of Waterloo Region, the Waterloo Region Law Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Canadian Bar Association.
Jennifer currently sits as a Trustee with the Waterloo Region Law Association and sits on numerous WRLA committees including the Continuing Development Committee, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, the Golf Committee, and is the Chair of the Unified Family Court Bench and Bar Committee. She also sits as a representative on the Courthouse Child Protection Committee and the Courthouse Community Resource and Liaison Committee which works to bring together stakeholders around the Region to identify and improve family law and associated services. Jennifer has been an active volunteer in the Ontario Justice Education Network’s Waterloo Braiding Diversity program which aims to connect marginalized and/or racialized young women (cis and trans) in high school with women working in the legal sector. Jennifer is currently chairing the development of Braiding Diversity 2.0, a program geared towards post-secondary students.
Jennifer grew up in Southwestern Ontario before obtaining her B.A. in English Literature from Kentucky State University on a full fastball scholarship in 2006 (summa cum laude), graduating from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in 2009, and was Called to the Bar in 2010.
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys playing hockey as well as attempting to keep up with her dogs on their walks.