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University of San Francisco School of Law, 1994
University of California, Santa Cruz

Jennifer Brown Shaw is a founding partner of Shaw Valenza LLP. A well-respected expert in employment law for more than 20 years, employers rely on Jennifer to provide practical advice and counsel on a broad range of employment law issues. She is a trusted advisor to HR professionals and leadership teams in a wide variety of organizations and industries.

Jennifer has developed a national reputation for providing innovative and entertaining workplace training to management and non-supervisory employees. She knows that the most important part of training is the trainer. She uses case studies, audience participation, and storytelling to bring employment law to life. Through private, on-site sessions; open public sessions; and webinars, she trains approximately 10,000 people each year.

Jennifer also offers considerable expertise in conducting effective internal investigations. In addition to regularly training and advising clients on this important topic, she personally conducts investigations each year for private and public employers. She is often called in to assist with challenging or high-profile matters.

A frequent speaker on employment law topics, Jennifer has been a guest on CNN and local television and radio. She regularly authors articles for legal newspapers, and is consistently one of the top rated speakers at the Society of Human Resource Management’s national conference. Her clients include several national retailers, the California Chamber of Commerce, various state and local agencies and many small, local businesses, and non-profits.

Named by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in California since 2009, Jennifer has received numerous other awards, including the Sacramento Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” designation and recognition as the number one rated speaker at the 2014 international conference for the Society for Human Resource Management. Jennifer s also a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Jennifer graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Law Review.

Before co-founding Shaw Valenza LLP in 2006, Jennifer was a partner in one of the country’s largest employment and labor law firms.