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Attorneys

Jennifer K. Sheffield

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.6114 | sheffieldj@lanepowell.com

Areas of Practice

Jennifer has an active litigation practice, representing businesses in complex litigation involving breach of contract and tort-based claims, employment discrimination and wrongful discharge claims, intellectual property rights, and class actions. She has successfully litigated disputes in state and federal courts across the country, including disputes before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jennifer is an active member of Lane Powell’s Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, Labor/Employment and Class Action Defense practice groups.

Prior to joining Lane Powell, Jennifer worked as a Law Clerk with the Office of the Attorney General where she wrote pleadings, motions, briefs and memorandum in a variety of claims involving the Department of Labor and Industries, as well as adult guardianship and parental rights termination matters. Her professional experience also includes serving as a Legislative Aide with the Spokane City Council, during which time she co-created a water conservation program, later implemented on a county wide basis and serving over 400,000 residents.

Professional Experience

  • Lane Powell, Summer Associate
  • Office of the Attorney General, Law Clerk
  • Spokane City Council, Legislative Aide Intern

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Academics

  • Seattle University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)
    • Seattle University Law Review, Editor in Chief
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards: Comprehensive Pre-trial Advocacy, Forensics, International Law of Human Rights
    • Dean’s List
  • Gonzaga University (B.A., magna cum laude)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Class Action Defense
  • Electronic Discovery, Technology and Strategy
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Life, Health, Disability and ERISA
  • Litigation
  • London Insurance
  • Senior Living and Long Term Care Client Team
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Electronic Discovery Committee

Publications

  • Former Contributor to the maritime column in Association Highlights, a publication of the Association of Transportation Law Professionals (2009-2011)
  • “Avoiding the Lure of the Sirens’ Lair:  Prohibitions Against the Shipment of Merchandise in Coastwise Trade Aboard Foreign Flagged Vessels,” Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy, Vol. 77, No. 4, Co-author (Fourth Quarter, 2010)
  • “Putting Children Last: How Washington Has Failed to Protect the Dependent Child’s Best Interest in Visitation,” 32 Seattle U. L. Rev. 769 (2009)

Speaking Engagements

  • “‘Green Acres’: Emotional Support Animals and Accommodation Requirements,” Lane Powell’s 35th Annual Labor and Employment Seminar, Seattle (October 17, 2017)
  • “Litigation and Legislative Update,” Health Care Law and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Continuing Legal Education Conference, Seattle University School of Law, Co-presenter (August 19, 2014)
  • “Marketing Your Assisted Living Facility: Avoiding Risky Pitfalls,” Washington Health Care Association Webinar (August 3, 2012)
  • “2010 Modal Updates: Maritime Law,” Annual Meeting, Association of Transportation Law Professionals, St. Michaels, Maryland (June 2010)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as a “Washington Rising Star,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Business Litigation (2013-2017)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Past President, Latina/o Bar Association of Washington
  • Commission Member, Washington Minority and Justice Commission (2012-2014)
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Association of Transportation Professionals (2009-2011)
  • Member, Maritime Law Association (2010-2011)