Women in Law 2022



J ennifer Naber dedicates her legal career to defending private, non-profit, and public sector employers in federal and state litigation involving a variety of employment-related matters. Notably, Jennifer has earned a highly regarded reputation for defending clients in high-stakes class action and single plaintiff wage and hour litigation. She also regularly advises clients on best practices, risk management, and legal compliance to assist clients on reducing the risk of litigation. After working for the Corporation Counsel’s Office for the City of Chicago in its Employment Litigation Division, Jennifer joined Laner Muchin in 1997 and now serves on the firm’s executive committee and co-chairs the firm’s litigation group. Jennifer is an integral part of the legal community as well as the firm and has earned the recognition of her peers and colleagues for her efforts to mentor others and create an inclusive environment. Jennifer’s efforts dedicated toward mentorship have made her a leader who her colleagues can always look to for sage advice. Throughout her 34-year legal career, Jennifer has invested considerable effort to mentoring women attorneys and motivates them to value their wellness and identity in addition to improving their legal skills. She recognizes and develops the strengths in individuals while helping them to embrace their authentic selves in becoming great lawyers. In her multi-faceted roles in the firm, Jennifer supports young lawyers in reaching their full potential in their careers. Jennifer also leads the firm’s DEI committee as its chair. Jennifer has championed various programs to advance the firm’s values and culture, developing an internal DEI newsletter to foster a sense of community at the firm, and working with various internal and outside resources to cultivate a culture of belonging and inclusion. In addition, Jennifer serves as the firm’s Ethics Committee chair, in a role through which her exceptional leadership skills guide her colleagues to meet their professional obligations and provide ethical representation for clients. Clients continually praise Jennifer for her legal and practical knowledge, her exceptional work ethic, and her efforts to understand her clients’ operations and goals. Jennifer is a strong advocate for her clients, and she applies her experience to achieve the best result for their individual business needs while reducing legal risks. Outside of her professional life, Jennifer focuses her time on supporting under-served youth within the community. As a board member and HR Committee Chair of Youth Guidance, she helps the organization deliver counseling to at-risk youth throughout Chicagoland and across the country. She is a vocal ambassador and program champion, especially for YG’s Working on Womanhood (WOW) program in its mission to counsel young women to overcome challenges, including trauma, and to enable them to focus on their education, achieve their goals, and succeed in life. Jennifer’s involvement in the community further exemplifies her commitment towards mentorship and helping individuals reach their potential.



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