Before joining HSPRD, Jennifer was a shareholder at Robbins DiMonte, Ltd., where she used her litigation skills to represent clients with disabilities in their claims of discrimination against public entities under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Specifically, Jennifer assists clients in obtaining equal access to goods and services, primarily in the health care field, including national health care providers, regional hospital systems and physicians’ groups. She has tried cases and assisted with appeals in both state and federal courts.
In the health care field, Jennifer has been successful in ensuring that persons who rely on the use of mobility devices are able to obtain physical access to health care providers and are able to receive equal care and treatment through availability of accessible medical equipment (i.e. wheelchair accessible scales and examination tables and chairs) and policies and procedures addressing accessibility. Likewise, she has been successful in ensuring that persons who are deaf or hard of hearing are provided with aids and services, such as live sign language interpreters when meeting with their health care providers. Additionally, in the municipal field, Jennifer has been successful in ensuring that municipal pedestrian rights-of-way systems are accessible for individuals with mobility disabilities. She has consulted with corporations to assist with compliance with their obligations under the ADA.
In support of that work, Jennifer routinely presents to disability advocacy groups to provide them with information to allow them to better advocate for themselves or their family members. Also, Jennifer has presented to foreign government embassies regarding best practices for compliance with the ADA.
In addition to her representative matters regarding disabilities, Jennifer has significant experience counseling foreign and domestic business clients involving contract disputes, distributor disputes, product defects, personal injury claims, construction, transportation, and environmental litigation.
Jennifer holds current & past leadership roles with the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Past President; and Diversity Scholarship Foundation, Vice President.
In 2021, Jennifer was appointed by Governor Pritzker as a Commissioner with the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission.