With her practice exclusively focused on employment law, Stinson Leonard Street partner Jennifer “Jenni” Ives spends her days counseling clients on a wide range of issues. But whether the question at hand involves an employee’s medical leave or the theft of trade secrets, there is one constant: plenty of client interaction. That’s just fine with Ives.
“It’s a very people oriented practice,” say Ives. “I like the technical part of solving problems and applying the law to real life situations.”
An Eagan native, Ives is the first member of her family to go into the law. At Northwestern University, she majored in gender studies and political science. A Fulbright Scholar, she spent a year in Cameroon, where she studied the efficacy of micro-credit programs for women in the central African nation.
Ives’ interests in social justice, and her gift with the pen, made law school a good fit. At the University of Minnesota Law School, she garnered several awards for her legal writing and graduated magna cum laude in 2008. As a clerk for U.S. District Court Judge David Doty, Ives got a taste for employment law.
As a junior lawyer at Stinson, Ives was assigned to appellate team in a long-running and bitter minority shareholder/tortious interference claim, McGrath v. MICO. Ives did a lot of the brief writing for the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court, helping to preserve a $22 million jury verdict for the firm’s client.
Ives is active in pro bono service at the Deinard Legal Clinic in Minneapolis’ Phillips Neighborhood, where she helps screen prospective cases. The mother of three young children, Ives likes running, hiking, and virtually any other activity that gets her outside. She and her husband are also avid bird watchers.