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Jennifer Shoaf Richardson


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Jennifer Shoaf Richardson is an Associate in the Jacksonville, Florida, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counsel.

Ms. Richardson previously defended insurers in extra-contractual liability litigation and coverage matters. She has handled appeals in the Eleventh Circuit, the Supreme Court of Florida, and four out of five of Florida’s district courts of appeal. While attending law school, Ms. Richardson served as Senior Articles Editor for her school’s law review and participated in the mock trial team.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Richardson was a law clerk for judges Peter D. Webster and Simone Marstiller, formerly of Florida’s First District Court of Appeal.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Leader in the Law (2013)
  • Legal Elite, Up & Comer (2015, 2017, 2018)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • 4th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, Commissioner 
  • Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, Associate (2014-2015)
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, President
  • Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, Member (2015-2018)
  • Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, Member (2012-2014)
  • Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, Immediate Past President


Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Chief Justice's Advisory Committee for the 2019 Pro Bono Service Awards, Member
  • Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Equal Justice Committee Member
  • Pro Bono Appeals handled in 2012, 2013, and 2015

Published Works

  • “What Jacksonville Employers Need to Know About the Expanded Human Rights Ordinance,” Association of Corporate Counsel North Florida Chapter Newsletter (First Quarter 2017) [Co-Author]
  • “Profile of Judge Thomas D. Winokur of the First District Court of Appeal,” The Record, Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar (February 2017) [Author]
  • “Defending Your Database from Disgruntled Employees,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Focus on the North Florida Chapter (October 2016) [Author]
  • “Profile of Judge Scott Makar of the First District Court of Appeal,” The Record, Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar (Summer 2013) [Author]
  • “New Appellate Rule for Probate and Guardianship Proceedings,” Florida Bar Journal (September/October 2012) [Co-Author]

Speeches and Presentations

  • “FMLA and ADA 101,” Basic Labor and Employment Law CLE, produced by The Florida Bar (Tampa, FL, April 2017) (presenter)
  • “After the Briefs: The Life of an Appeal,” Appellate Advocacy Clinic Florida Coastal School of Law (Jacksonville, FL, October 2015) (guest lecturer)
  • “The Role of Staff Attorneys,” E. Earle Zehmer Appellate Practice Seminar “Inside the First DCA” produced by Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar (Tallahassee, FL, April 2015, March 2012) (moderator)
  • “Young Lawyers and Professionalism,” Practicing with Professionalism CLE produced by Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar (Jacksonville, FL, November 2014) (panelist)
  • “First District Court of Appeal,”  Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference (Bonita Springs, FL, July 2014) (panelist)


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December 17, 2018
The Florida Times-Union

Jennifer Shoaf Richardson is Spotlighted in Push to Overhaul Judicial Nominating Process

December 17, 2018

Jennifer Shoaf Richardson is spotlighted for filing a brief in a lawsuit arguing the Florida Supreme Court nominating commission has not done enough to attract women and non-white attorneys to apply for its three vacancies in "With Duval County court vacancy, governor has diversity among finalists," published by The Florida... Read More

July 31, 2018
Bloomberg BNA

Jennifer Shoaf Richardson Discusses the Proposed Rule on Parental Leave Continuances

July 31, 2018

Jennifer Shoaf Richardson discusses a proposed rule that would automatically grant a continuance for any lead counsel following the birth or adoption of a child in "Trial Date v. Due Date: Courts Make Room for Parental Leave," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

July 25, 2018
Daily Business Review

Jennifer Shoaf Richardson Discusses a Newly Proposed Florida Parental Leave Rule

July 25, 2018

Jennifer Shoaf Richardson discusses the Florida Supreme Court weighing a newly proposed rule that would create a presumption that pregnant lawyers should get three-month continuances in "Female Attorneys Fuming After Miami Lawyer Opposed a Pregnant Lead Attorney's Request for Continuance," published by Daily Business Review. ... Read More

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May 14, 2017

Ransomware Attacks: Prevention and Preparedness

May 14, 2017

Several years ago, cyber criminals developed a profitable form of malware, now known as ransomware. A “ransomware” attack occurs when a hacker takes control of the victim’s information systems and encrypts its data, preventing the owner from accessing it unless the victim pays a sum of money, usually in the form of bitcoins. The FBI... Read More

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SCOTUS Won’t Slime Viacom in Class Action Challenging Tracking Children Online
February 2, 2017

A class action alleging Viacom illegally obtained and disclosed personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen through the Nickelodeon website recently reached the end of line (almost) when the class’ petition for writ of certiorari was denied by the Supreme Court this month. Read More