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Jennifer Schoen Gilbert, a partner at Chicago’s Stowell & Friedman, Ltd., has achieved a series of impressive victories during her legal career while earning a reputation as a steadfast advocate for employees, especially women and minorities. One of Ms. Gilbert’s greatest assets as a plaintiffs’ employment lawyer is her ability to understand what motivates corporations, drawing on her experience as a defense lawyer to craft creative and meaningful resolutions for her clients. Her characteristic energy, creativity, and strong work ethic has led Ms. Gilbert to success many times, including as class counsel in Martignago v. Merrill Lynch, a national wage and hour collective and class action that resulted in a $12 million settlement.
Notable Cases and Results:
Martignago v. Merrill Lynch and Bank of America. Negotiated $12 million settlement of combined collective and class action under FLSA and state overtime wage laws on behalf of client associates.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Year of Birth: 1975
Law School: Indiana University Mauer School of Law
Law School Honors/Involvement: Managing Editor, Indiana Law Journal; Sherman Minton Moot Court Finalist
Undergraduate School: Purdue University, B.A. 1998
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: Phi Beta Kappa, NCAA GTE Academic All-American 1st Team
Those claiming discrimination based on race, sex, age, disability, and pregnancy, including top Fortune 500 Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, top-level managers, and brokers.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
- Illinois State Bar Association
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
- Leading Lawyers, 2015-present
- Named one of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer’s 2015 list of "40 Under Forty"
Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. represents plaintiffs in individual, collective, and class-action cases, with a particular concentration in sex and race employment discrimination and glass ceiling issues. The firm also has successfully represented victims of discrimination based on disability, pregnancy, age, national origin and sexual orientation and has successfully prosecuted claims for violations of the First Amendment, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the WARN Act. Where appropriate, the firm also represents employees in arbitration and mediation. Consistent with its mission of advocating for workers on many fronts, the firm is active in lobbying and legislation to further protect civil rights in the workplace.