Jennifer M. Sender

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My goal as an attorney is simple: to make life easier for my clients. I tell my clients they shouldn’t lose sleep over their legal issues; that’s my job.

My Background

After many years of courtroom practice, I believe the most valuable talent I offer to clients is the ability to litigate their cases without disrupting their biggest asset- their time. Successful litigation does not have to end in trial, but it does need to end in a manner and with a resolution that is acceptable to the client and without oppressive attorneys’ fees and undue disruption of their lives and businesses.

Throughout my career, I have tried cases and assisted with appeals in both state and federal courts. I most often represent foreign and domestic business clients on matters involving:

  • contract disputes
  • distributor disputes
  • product defects
  • personal injury claims
  • civil rights
  • construction
  • transportation
  • environmental litigation  

I have assisted clients in the uniform handling of class action litigation, involving civil rights, automotive products, pharmaceutical products, medical devices, and environmental issues. Having represented corporations in a variety of industries and legal issues, I address all claims and cases with a cognizance of corporate goals, missions, and business relationships, which often create more complex issues for clients and require creative strategies to satisfy the client’s needs even beyond the original problem.

I recognize that successful litigation oftentimes involves avoiding litigation. To that end, I have worked with clients to effectively handle product recalls; in implementing various risk management programs, including:

  • employee training
  • corporate risk management protocols
  • protocols for document and electronic information management in anticipation of litigation
  • devising protocols for due diligence in compliance with federal laws and regulations

Since joining the firm, I have also used my litigation skills to represent clients with disabilities in their claims of discrimination against public entities under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specifically, we seek to assist clients in obtaining equal access to goods and services, primarily in the health care field, including national health care providers, regional hospital systems and regional physicians groups. On behalf of our clients, we have 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. Additionally, we have 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. In support of that work, we routinely present to disability advocacy groups to provide them with information to allow them to better advocate for themselves or their family members.

My Education

Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1991

Northern Illinois University B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Cum Laude, 1988

Admissions

Illinois, 1991U.S. District Court for the Northern District of IllinoisU.S. District Court for the Central District of IllinoisU.S. District Court, Eastern District of MichiganMember, Federal Trial Bar

Memberships

Women's Bar Association of Illinois, Past President Diversity Scholarship Foundation, Vice President American Bar Association National Association of Women Lawyers Illinois State Bar Association Society of Women Environmental Professionals Disability Rights Bar Association
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