Jennifer Svanfeldt is a partner based in the San Francisco office of GBG. She is a labor and employment attorney with nearly 15 years of experience in complex litigation, including wage-and-hour class actions and representative actions under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).
As an experienced litigator, Jennifer has defeated and successfully resolved single-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination cases in court and in arbitration. She also investigates and responds to administrative charges before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), and conducts independent investigations of employee complaints.
Prior to joining GBG, Jennifer was part of the employment law practice of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Before Morgan Lewis, Jennifer was an associate at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Jennifer served as an extern with Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Jennifer excels at leading a strategically focused defense for employers facing high profile and high stakes wage-and-hour class actions and representative claims under the California Private Attorney Generals Act (PAGA). As part of her complex employment practice, Jennifer has successfully defeated class certification on multiple occasions in cases involving alleged nonpayment of overtime, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, expense reimbursement and misclassification of employees as exempt.
Jennifer provides day-to-day counseling and advice to clients on how to minimize risk from potential employment claims, compliance with the latest California laws and regulations, and implementation of policies and practices that avoid litigation whenever possible.
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2004
University of Washington, B.A., 2000, Academic All-American in Tennis