Jennifer grew up in Duluth, graduating from Duluth East High School in 1995. She received her Juris Doctor cumme laude from Hamline University School of Law in 2009. After law school, Jennifer took a position with legal aid, where she served as a Project Director for a Native American Rights Fund grant, and practiced poverty law and federal American Indian law. Starting in 2012, she served as law clerk to the Hon. Heather Sweetland, with the Minnesota Sixth Judicial District Court in Duluth. In 2014, Jennifer accepted a position to serve as a trial attorney with the office of the Minnesota Office of the Public Defender, Sixth District, where she represented clients who could not otherwise afford legal representation. In 2017, Jennifer transitioned to the Falsani, Balmer, Peterson & Balmer firm, where she continues as a vigorous advocate for disadvantaged and injured people.

Jennifer and her spouse Rich live in Duluth with their two children in the home Jennifer’s great-grandparents built. Jennifer is the President of the Board of the Damiano Center in Duluth, which provides meals and other front-line supportive services to people experiencing poverty and homelessness.  She is also a member of the Board of Center City Housing Corp., a non-profit that develops, owns and manages affordable housing properties for those most in need.

Areas of Practice

  • Social Security Disability
  • Personal Injury
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Criminal Law (limited to pro bono work)

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2010
  • Arizona, 2011
  • Hualapai Nation, 2011

Education

  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN 2009 (JD)
  • University of Maine, Orono, ME 2001 (BA)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 11th District Bar Association
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives