Jennifer has represented clients throughout the world in a variety of cases concerning multiple sectors.
Representative cases include:
- Defending a Latin American government in a dispute under CAFTA brought by multiple U.S. investors who had invested in real estate in the country. In an interim award, the Tribunal dismissed the majority of claimants’ claims at the jurisdictional level, and claimants decided not to pursue their remaining claims before the Tribunal. Some claimants sought to set the interim award aside. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected claimants’ attempt. Claimants appealed the District Court’s decision before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit but then withdrew their appeal shortly thereafter. Thus, the case has now been finally resolved in the government’s favor;
- Representing a Canadian investor in a high-profile, multi-billion dollar NAFTA dispute against the United States involving an oil pipeline in North America;
- Representing a U.S.-based multinational company in a dispute against Poland concerning an investment in food processing facilities;
- Representing a European engineering and project management company that designs and builds nuclear power plants in an ICC arbitration concerning the design and construction of a nuclear power plant in Bulgaria, which earned American Lawyer’s Global Dispute of the Year: Commercial Arbitration award in 2017;
- Defending a Latin American government in a high-profile BIT dispute brought by a Spanish energy company over the government’s intervention and planned liquidation of an electricity distribution company to avert the company’s financial collapse and risks to the country’s electricity supply;
- Defending a Latin American government in multiple cases, including multi-billion dollar claims by French investors in the financial services and real estate sectors, and claims by U.S., Canadian and European investors in the energy, mining and vehicle inspection services sectors (respectively); and
- Defending a European government in separate BIT claims by Dutch and U.S. investors related to power plant projects that were proposed, but never completed, during a period of power sector regulatory reforms.
Jennifer is consistently recognized for her arbitration work and is listed as a recommended lawyer in International Arbitration The Legal 500 Latin America 2013–2014 and The Legal 500 2014–2015. In the most recent edition of The Legal 500 Jennifer is praised as “outstanding” and “never tires of responding to questions.” She is also named as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark. Jennifer was recognized by Latinvex as one of Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers in 2018 and 2019 for her work in international arbitration. In 2019, Jennifer was recognized by Euromoney as one of the Top 30 Commercial Arbitration Experts in the United States and she had received the Best in Commercial Arbitration Award in 2018.
Jennifer has spoken on international arbitration and investor-state dispute resolution including at seminars and workshops sponsored by American University’s Washington College of Law, the U.S. Council for International Business’s Young Arbitrators Forum, and the International Law Section of the D.C. Bar. Jennifer also served as a member of the Investment Subcommittee of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy Regarding the U.S. Model Bilateral Investment Treaty in 2009 and Regarding the Implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in 2010.
In addition, Jennifer has served for a number of years as the chair of the Joint Swearing-In Ceremony for the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sponsored by the International Law Section of the ABA. Jennifer served as the chair of Sidley’s D.C. Committee on the Promotion and Retention of Women from 2012 to 2017. She currently serves as the chair of Sidley’s D.C. Committee on Training & Development.
Prior to entering private practice, Jennifer had legal internships with the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C., and with the USTR’s Office in Geneva, Switzerland. She also was a legal intern at the United Nations in New York and has worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. Court of International Trade
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- District of Columbia
- Tufts University, M.A. in Law and Diplomacy, 1997
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1997
- Harvard University, M.Ed., 1992
- Whitman College, B.A., 1988
- Gregory W. Carman, U.S. Court of International Trade (1998 - 2000)