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Jennifer E. Germaine

Employee benefits Attorney at Cedar Rapids, IA

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Iowa - IA 15 years
    Wisconsin - WI 13 years
    Nebraska - NE 15 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2011
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NE
    Acquired 2009
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

Jennifer is an attorney with a focus in apprenticeship programs and Multi-Employer benefit plans.  Her practice includes representing board of trustees of collectively bargained Multi-Employer Taft-Hartley  qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans and apprenticeship programs with plan design, compliance, participant communications, and litigation. She also does work involving Department of Labor investigations, Internal Revenue Service audits and HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule compliance. Jennifer issues a quarterly JATC Bulletin as a value-add to clients to provide insights on recent legal developments and trends affecting Joint Apprenticeship Training Programs in a unique area of the law that is rarely covered by other publications.

Outside of the office, Jennifer is involved with the local community. She’s a past board member and past president for ImpactCR, a program of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance that helps inspire, retain and attract young talent in the area. She was one of the founding members that started the Next Gen. Summit, a one-day conference providing networking, leadership and social engagement to young professionals in the Corridor.

In addition to her work with ImpactCR, Jennifer is also the past Board President of the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy, which serves to bring quality after school arts programming to K-12 youth, human service organizations, and seniors in the areas of art, music, dance, drama, creative writing and cultural arts. She also served as a Board Member from 2013-2014 on the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services.

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Germaine Law Firm, PLLC
600 3rd St SE, Suite 200
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52401


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Dewey Michael | January 27, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
After going through car repossession and foreclosure in 2020, my credit score dropped to Equifax: 509, TransUnion: 501. All attempts to get my credit back to a good rating didn’t yield positive results. Just last month while I was browsing a credit blog, I came across a comment by Laura on how she got her credit fixed by PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST. Immediately, I reached out to PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST and asked if he could help fix my credit score too. He responded positively and I had to subscribe to his services. On checking my credit report after 6 days, my score had skyrocketed to Equifax: 806, TransUnion: 811. I also noticed that the car repossession, foreclosure, hard inquiries, and late payments on my credit report have been removed. What an awesome service! Here’s his contact info if you need his services; EMAIL: [email protected] / (480) 420-8331. 
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney at Law
Jennifer did my estate planning, including will, durable power of attorney, and healthcare power of attorney and living will. I felt comfortable with my decisions because she explained the process very well. She met me at my financial planner’s office for the initial consult. She is professional, efficient, and insightful.
Posted by Mark | January 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Impressive Work
I asked Jennifer to assist in the sale of my business, preparing docs, negotiating with the other side, and in finishing up the details. She knows what she is doing. Careful, considerate, pleasant, and very knowledgeable in all things essential to the sale and its closing of the sales of assets and a stock sale. Frankly, I was impressed. I have been an attorney and CPA for over 40 years, but in this case, she was worthy of being identified as a lawyer's lawyer. You will enjoy working with her. She is a tough, fair lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Germaine Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Day Rettig Martin, P.C.
  • 2011 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Czajkowski Higgins & Rider
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Koley Jessen
  • 2008 - 2010
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  • Creighton University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Department of Labor Investigation
  • Resolved favorably for the Fund.


  • Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Linn County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries
  • Associated Professional Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Daybreak Rotary
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Leadership of Five Seasons
  • Class Member
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 40 Under Forty
  • Corridor Business Journal
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Leadership Award
  • ImpactCR
  • 2014
  • Make Your Mark
  • ImpactCR
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
Endorse Jennifer
Employee benefits Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer is the most knowledgeable attorney I know in her field. She is also sharp, articulate and kind."
Employee benefits Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Friend
"Jennifer is a thoughtful, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney. Her clients are her top priority!"
Employee benefits Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employee benefits Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jennifer is the go-to Attorney in Cedar Rapids for Multi-Employer Benefit Plans, Joint Apprenticeship Training Programs, and other Taft-Hartley Act and ERISA matters."
Estate planning
Employment and labor
Estate planning
Bankruptcy and debt
Estate planning

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Cedar Rapids Employee benefits Lawyer Jennifer E. Germaine
Jennifer E. Germaine
Employee benefits Attorney
Cedar Rapids, IA
Licensed for 15 years