After Jennifer graduated from Blue Springs High School, she attended Saint Louis University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a Minor in Philosophy in 1998. While attending Saint Louis University Jennifer had the opportunity to attend school at the Saint Louis University Madrid Campus, in Madrid, Spain, for a semester abroad. In 2001, Jennifer received a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
Prior to joining Oswald Rew, Jennifer served for over two years as the Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Michael W. Manners, in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. In this capacity, she worked on Judge Manners’ domestic docket, as well as civil and criminal dockets, where she assisted with multiple jury trials. The experience and knowledge gained through this clerkship have been invaluable to her current practice.
As a civil litigator, Jennifer’s primary area of practice is family law. She represents clients in dissolution of marriage cases, modification cases, and paternity actions, which often involve child support, maintenance, division of assets and debts, and child custody disputes. A significant part of Jennifer’s practice is serving as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in Jackson County, Missouri, and other surrounding counties. As a Guardian ad Litem, it is Jennifer’s great privilege and responsibility to represent children in cases involving allegations of abuse or neglect.
Over the last several years, Jennifer has developed a very active and successful mediation practice in the area of domestic and family law through both referrals and court-appointments. As a mediator, Jennifer assists parties in working toward a resolution of their pending issues outside the courtroom in an effort to promote judicial economy and preserve resources.
Jennifer currently resides in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with her husband, Scott, and their three children, Annie, David and Bode. Jennifer is actively involved with school and extracurricular activities and thoroughly enjoys participating in Girls Scouts of America with Annie and soccer and baseball with my sons, David and Bode.