Jennifer Wieland handles complex litigation matters for businesses and individual clients. Her practice is primarily in federal court, where she focuses on commercial disputes and employment and intellectual property matters. She represents clients from all sectors, including the financial services, higher education, and automotive industries, from small, local businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
When Jennifer takes on a case, she invests the time to learn about her client’s business, to understand the facts, and to analyze and anticipate the legal issues. This hands-on approach has helped her resolve many disputes before litigation is even filed. She also has won cases around the country based on her written work including in state and federal courts in Kansas, Missouri, California, Illinois, and Florida. Jennifer is also qualified as a Missouri mediator and was selected for inclusion on the Western District of Missouri’s Mediation and Assessment Program’s newly created list of Category II Neutrals, effective August 1, 2023.
Jennifer is a former federal law clerk who worked on both coasts before settling in Kansas City. Her first job out of college was as a paralegal at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC. She later served as a law clerk to the Hon. Lourdes G. Baird in the Central District of California in Los Angeles. Following her clerkship, she worked in the Orange County, CA office of Latham & Watkins. She relocated to the Kansas City area in 2005, where she spent three years as an attorney at Blackwell Sanders before joining Berkowitz Oliver in 2008.
Jennifer is a Double Hoo, having received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia. While attending UVA Law, she was both an Executive Editor of the Virginia Law Review and a founding member and Executive Editor of the Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal. Jennifer’s Note “Death of Publius: Toward a World Without Anonymous Speech” was published in the Virginia Journal of Law & Politics and has been cited in an amicus brief presented to the United States Supreme Court, as well as over a dozen law review articles.
Outside the office, Jennifer – a mother of three – can usually be found with a skein of yarn in her hands, often on the sidelines of a soccer game.
- “Anonymous Lawsuits in the District of Kansas? In ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ Only,” LinkedIn Article (Jan. 14, 2021).
- “Production of Legal Hold Notice? No; CEO Gmail? Yes, Orders Kansas Federal Court,” LinkedIn Article (May 30, 2018).
- “Personal Jurisdiction in Kansas Federal Court? More Than ‘Simply Harm Suffered’ by a Kansas Plaintiff,” LinkedIn Article (Feb. 6, 2018).
- “Out-of-state Independent Contractor? The Case Stays in Kansas,” LinkedIn Article (Sept. 7, 2017).
- “District of Kansas Adopts New Patent Local Rules,” LinkedIn Article (Aug. 31, 2017).
- “Dismissed for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction in Kansas: No ‘Minimum Contacts with the State,’” LinkedIn Article (Feb. 28, 2017).
- “Kansas Federal Court: Proportionality at the ‘Forefront’ of Discovery Disputed,” LinkedIn Article (Nov. 30, 2016).
- “Choice of Law Clause Does Not Dictate the Forum,” LinkedIn Article (Aug. 17, 2016).
- “Section 1983 Liability for an HOA? It Can Happen,” LinkedIn Article (Aug. 11, 2016).
- “Confidentiality Clause? Not So Fast in an FLSA Settlement in Kansas,” LinkedIn Article (Aug. 2, 2016).
- “The Attorney-Client Privilege: For In-House Counsel Too!,” LinkedIn Article (July 19, 2016).
- “Federal Question Jurisdiction: A Narrow Door,” LinkedIn Article (July 15, 2016).
- “‘Subject to…’ Don’t Say It,” LinkedIn Article (July 11, 2016).
- “Online Courses in Kansas? No Lawsuit Where You Logged On,” LinkedIn Article (June 29, 2016).
- “Death of Publius: Toward a World Without Anonymous Speech,” Virginia Journal of Law and Politics (2002).