Jennifer's practice allows her to represent clients on both litigation and government relations matters, including state legislative consulting for entities in need of advocacy before government entities, legislative policy analysis, bill drafting and appropriations strategy, as well as representation for state licensure and procurement matters. She also represents clients in a wide range of civil litigation matters, including breach of contract disputes, contested foreclosures, shareholder disputes, consumer debt collection claims and real property issues.
Prior to joining Shumaker, Jennifer served as a Chief of Staff in the Florida Senate. In that capacity, she gained extensive experience working in the depths of complexities of public policy analysis while developing valuable and enduring relationships in the state Capitol. Jennifer regularly advises clients regarding the legal implications of proposed state rules, regulations and statutes that affect their business licensure and eligibility for government contracts.
She has also done extensive work as a political consultant and understands the political risks entailed by various legislative strategies. Jennifer also worked as a top advisor and campaign manager for several Florida state senators and representatives including Florida Senator Tom Lee and former state senators Victor Crist, Alan Hays and Jack Latvala.
Jennifer is well versed on a wide range of the major public policy matters that face her clients, and that are important to her community. She is a skilled problem-solver who understands the needs, operations and goals of the industries she represents before the Legislature, and she is a tenacious advocate for her clients.
A 2007 graduate of the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Political Science and Leadership Studies, Jennifer received her J.D. and her LL.M. from the Stetson University College of Law in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Her post-graduate degrees both came with high honors and she received several awards for her academic achievements, advocacy skills and pro bono activities.
In the community, Jennifer volunteers her time for Bridging Freedom Tampa Bay, a non-profit organization that works to fight domestic minor sex trafficking by bringing restoration to those who are rescued and spreading awareness of its threat in the community. She also volunteers for AMI Kids, a youth mentoring and behavioral development non-profit that empowers troubled youth to reach their full potential through education and workforce development.
In her spare time, Jennifer is an avid baseball fan and writer.