Jen Cornell began her legal career in Minnesota, defending employers in nationwide wage-and-hour class and collective actions. Since moving her practice to California, her practice has expanded to primarily focus on California class and representative action under the California Private Attorneys General Act, with a particular emphasis on representing start ups and tech companies. Jen also specializes in conducting high-stakes investigations, particularly those requiring sensitivity to brand impact or press management.
Before becoming an attorney, Jen served the Minneapolis Fire Department for 15 years in various capacities including Firefighter, Captain, Fire Investigator, and Battalion Chief. After graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2010, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk for Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota and then-Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan.
Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year (2018).
National Finalist for White House Fellows Program (2013).
Mary McEvoy Award for Public Engagement & Leadership (2010).
University of Minnesota Presidential Student Leadership & Service Award (2010).
Stark Award for Civil Rights & Liberties (2010).
Order of the Coif (2010).
Colins-Fieldseth Award for Exceptional Volunteerism (2007).
Honorable Service Award, Minneapolis Fire Department (2002).
Epic Maneuvers: Litigation and Legislative Tactics in the World of Class Action Waivers (Presentation for the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute) (2020).
The #MeToo Movement Aftermath: How companies can identify and prevent harassment in the workplace, HR.com (2019).
Best Practices for Sexual Harassment Investigations in the Wake of #MeToo (Presentation for the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute) (2018).
Anatomy of an I-9 Audit (Presentation for the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute) (2018).
Deskbook chapter: Elements of Privilege: A Communication, Attorney-Client Privilege Deskbook (2018).
Deskbook chapter: Sexual Harassment Investigations in the Age of #metoo, Sexual Harassment (2018).
Enforcement Heating Up on I-9 Compliance, Corporate Compliance Insights (2017).
Evolving Science May Provide Coverage for Transgender Employees Under the ADA, Corporate Counselor (2016).
Required Without Pay: Deconstructing Integrity Staffing v. Busk (Presentation for the MSBA) (2015).
Title VII Perils of Gendered Dress Codes, Corporate Counsel (2014).
The Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision: What It Means for Employer Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses (CLE Presentation 2013).
Legal Protections for Transgendered Employees (Blog Post 2012).
Infertile Grounds: Feminist Interpretations of Infertility Exclusions and Sex Discrimination, Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory & Practice (2010).
Trouble Tactics, Fire Chief Magazine (2006).
Disciplinary Action, Fire Chief Magazine (2003).
American Civil Liberties Union-Minnesota, Board Member (2016-2018).
Friends School of Minnesota, Board member (2005-2014); chair of Annual Fund (2005 & 2006).
Member of Capital Campaign Committee (2007).
Member of Head of School Search Committee (2007).
Clerk of Spiritual Life Committee (2013).
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 2010, magna cum laude. Editor-in-Chief, Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice.
University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, M.A., Public Affairs, 1999.
University of Minnesota, B.A., American Indian Studies, 1993. Phi Beta Kappa.