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Jennifer Denise Ward

Employment and labor Attorney at Austin, TX

4.9   31 reviews

also known as Jennifer D. Ward, Jennifer Ward


Licensed for 12 years

About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    50%
    Discrimination, Employee handbooks, Employment contracts, Employment disputes, Non-compete agreements, Non-disclosure agreement, Separation agreements, Severance agreements, Unemployment compensation, Wage and hour disputes, Wrongful termination.

    11 years

  2. Business
    30%
    Business formation, Compliance issues, Contract disputes, Drafting and negotiating business contracts, General counsel to businesses and non-profits, Non-profit formation.

    7 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    10%

    7 years

  4. Limited liability company (LLC)
    10%

    7 years

Jennifer Ward is Principal Attorney at Law Office of Jennifer D. Ward in Austin, Texas. Her practice focuses on employment law and general counsel services for employees, small businesses, and non-profits. She handles a range of legal issues from business formation to noncompetes to workplace disputes. She is licensed to practice in the State of Texas, the State of California, the U.S. Western District of Texas, the U.S. Southern District of Texas, the U.S. Eastern District of California, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2020, Ms. Ward was honored to be named one of Austin’s Top Attorneys in Business Law by Austin Monthly Magazine. In 2022, she received the Travis County Women Lawyers President's Choice Award. She enjoys giving presentations and volunteers her time with the non-profit organization SCORE; her most recent speaking engagement was titled Glad You Asked - Addressing Your HR Covid-19 Quandaries.

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Licensed for 12 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2014
Updated 10/23/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 09/14/2022

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Loved Jennifer!
I consulted with Jennifer and she was very helpful and honest. Although it was not necessary to retain her services, I still felt like she took her time explaining all I needed to know in laymen terms and answering any questions I had. I would recommend her! She is super cool too and answers her own emails!
Posted by Ryan | May 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good counsel
Ms Ward and team were helpful and responsive. They provided good counsel. I would recommend them to others.
Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jennifer is, by far, the best lawyer I've worked with. I'm so lucky to have found her.
Jennifer is the kind of professional you want on your side. She's thoughtful, rigorous, and astute. She's an important part of my professional team and I honestly don't know what I would do without her sound mind and clear, consistent, thoughtful approach. On more than one occasion, she has helped me create a logical, reasonable game plan in some of the most challenging situations of my career. A few years ago, when I was dealing with negotiating on behalf of my business in a legal matter, she helped me quickly come up with plans (including contingencies) that felt rock solid. I went from feeling anxiety and panic about what would happen next to knowing how we'd move forward regardless of the other party's decisions. She told me what was likely to happen. I followed her advice and she was 100% right. (At the time, it felt like she was clairvoyant, but she's just that experienced and knowledgable.) I never thought working with a lawyer would feel or be like this, but she's worth every dollar. I have come to her with some challenging situations and I've always left feeling prepared, educated, and heard, and I've always left with a winning strategy.
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Response from Jennifer Ward April 25, 2022
Thank you for your incredibly kind words! We are glad to hear that you've had such a positive experience.
Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Seamless
Transferred my business to Texas, Jen and team make everything go smooth. Guided it right along without any hiccups. Highly recommend.
Posted by Dan | January 6, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Review of Ms. Ward's consulting services
I have hired Ms. Ward for consulting on employment related issues. She is extremely knowledgeable, bright, innovative, and empathetic. I have accepted her sound advice.
Posted by Amy | August 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
TWC unemployment
Mrs. Ward and her office were such a pleasure to work with, thankfully my issue with TWC was easily resolved and I didn't end up needing a lot of help from them, but even with my small issue I felt like I was in good hands. They were all so nice and kept me informed throughout the whole process. They even went the additional mile to recommend a possible course of action for me before I even scheduled a consultation, just in case it wasn't necessary. Its so good to know that if I ever have issues with Texas unemployment again, I have someone to turn to.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Partner
I worked with Ms. Ward on execution of paperwork with my previous employer. She was an excellent communicator, a fierce advocate for my employee rights and available whenever necessary.
Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She's great
Cunning, smart, and personable; consider yourself fortunate if she represents you. Looking back on my experience, I'm glad I had her. Easy to work with and easy to converse with. Never a dull moment, she gets things done, and there's always a feeling of moving forWARD.
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful, comfortable & thoughtful
Jennifer was a complete pro. She thoroughly evaluated my situation, provided good insight and helped me w/ a very tough and delicate subject.
Posted by Laura | December 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Really great experience!
I couldn't say enough good things about Mrs. Ward and her staff. They responded to me immediately and were very engaged with me throughout my whole process. I feel a huge amount of relief moving forward with my case.
Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I hired Jennifer for a contract dispute. She was professional, efficient, and an excellent listener. She quickly picked up on all the relevant facts and provided the necessary action items for us to get a resolution across the finish line. Her team is also great; they quickly followed up and responded to my needs. I would recommend her and would work with her again.
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Posted by Dorey | October 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This team will get results
The Jennifer Ward, PLLC is experienced, competent, and effective. I retained the law firm in dealing with different workplace situations They immediately assessed my situation and gave me the right advice. In all of the situations I got an excellent result. The speed and efficacy with which they respond to you is also impressive. Most importantly, the firm cares about the people they are trying to help. It is a law firm that is led to follow highly ethical standards and they do what is in the best interest of their client. Ms Ward always took the time to listen and answer all my questions. This group offers services regarding EEOC discrimination, harassment, retaliation. Employment law, general counsel work for small businesses and non-profits, non-compete and severance agreements, contract drafting and disputes, and business formation. Jennifer and her team have won my trust and I will always go back if I have a future problem I need help with. I highly recommend her to anyone facing a difficult work situation. The ease of communication, document sharing, storage and payment was technically easy and efficient. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer! Honest, helpful and available.
Jennifer is a great attorney and I really enjoyed working with her. She is always available for a call and to answer questions. She also is very honest and professional. I highly recommend Jennifer Ward for all employment based legal services.
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Review of Employment and Non-Compete Agreement
Spent 1 hour with Jennifer Ward and she took this time to explain the details of my Non-Compete Agreement and what types of activities would violate or considered competitive in nature with my employer. Jennifer was to the point and direct with her feedback. Would definitely continue to use her services should I have further issues or questions moving forward.
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Posted by Barbara | August 11, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Respectful, Helpful and Businesslike
Ms. Ward provided assistance to me after I received an early retirement offer. She reviewed the offer and provided insight into the reasons for the offer and the legal implications of the offer.
Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional
After several initial consultations with other lawyers in the area who were outrageously expensive and inattentive to my situation, I chose to have Ms. Ward represent me in a case against my former employer. I found Ms. Ward to be incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and thorough. She did an outstanding job of attending to the details of my situation by providing expertise in employment law. She listened, provided excellent legal counsel, and worked diligently on my behalf to resolve the matter in a timely fashion. She and her team communicated regularly with me and were incredibly easy to work with. Throughout the process, I felt that Ms. Ward was my advocate and had my back. I would highly recommend the high quality and affordable legal services provided by Ms. Ward and her staff.
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Posted by Amber | May 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amber
I was getting very discouraged with the legal advise I had received in regards to my separation with a company. Then I met Jennifer. She took the time to review, ask questions and gain clarity for my situation. She prepared me for the worst, which was wonderful because it was honest. She and her team were kind, knowledgeable and available. In addition to her professionalism, I discovered on a personal level that she is a kind and generous human being. As my work evolves Jennifer and her team will be my go to counsel for my small business. I am grateful to have her in my sphere.
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Posted by Shiloh | March 10, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful, professional, trustworthy
Mrs. Ward was recommended to me by several attorney friends, and with good reason. Mrs. Ward spent an hour on the phone with me, getting to know my situation, reviewing the exit agreement I was asked to sign, and giving me excellent advice. Hopefully I will not have to hire her in the future, but if I needed an employment lawyer again, she would be my first call. Additionally, her staff was kind, efficient, and very helpful.
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Posted by Eric | August 23, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
excellent help for employment issue
I needed my severance agreement reviewed on a quick turn-around and it went very well. She answered questions I didn't know I had!
Posted by Joel | January 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job
After struggling with lawyers who did not focus on employment law, I found Jennifer and she was very knowledgeable and efficient in dealing with the employment law issues I was dealing with.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Law Office of Jennifer D. Ward
  • 2015 - Present
  • Medical Malpractice Defense Contractor
  • Independent Litigation Consulting
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Litigation Associate
  • Porter Scott Attorneys
  • 2010 - 2012

Education

  • University of California, Davis School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Master's of Music
  • 2003
  • Rice University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Associations

  • State Bar of Texas, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Dell Children's Trust Grant Committee
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Society of Women Entrepreneurs
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Women and Law Section
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Westlake Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Corporate Counsel Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • South Austin Business Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Mother Attorney Mentoring Association of Austin
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2019 - 2020
  • State Bar of Texas, Technology Section
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Austin Bar Association, Entertainment & Sports Law Section
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Austin Bar Association/ AYLA Leadership Academy Artfest
  • Chairperson
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Austin Bar Solos and Small Firm Section
  • Treasurer
  • 2015 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Employment Lawyers in Austin
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • Honorary Member
  • Texas Bar College
  • 2020
  • Austin Top Attorney in Business Law
  • Austin Monthly Magazine
  • 2020
  • Honorary Member
  • Texas Bar College
  • 2019
  • Honorary Member
  • Texas Bar College
  • 2018
  • Leadership Academy
  • Austin Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Heroes Volunteering Award
  • Eanes Independent School District
  • 2017
  • Honorary Member
  • Texas Bar College
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Honorary Member
  • Texas Bar College
  • 2016
  • Honorary Member
  • Texas Bar College
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jennifer is a terrific employment lawyer. She knows the law, and is able to explain it. Her advice is always measured to the situation and not "one size fits all.""
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is knowledgeable, conscientious and professional."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jennifer's counsel was invaluable. She helped get our start-up off the ground, and saved us from tripping on some serious landmines. Highly recommend!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jennifer is an excellent attorney and individual. We served together on the board of the Austin Small and Solo group at the Austin Bar Association for 3 years. I was always impressed with Jennifer’s ability to navigate the dynamics of the group and be an excellent treasurer of the board. When I became chair, she agreed to stay on the board another year. Jennifer is smart, hard working, kind and very good with people. In fact, I recently asked for her advice on a business matter and she gave me solid and thoughtful ideas for my situation. Jennifer is the type of lawyer and human being we all strive to emulate. I am grateful to know Jennifer Ward."
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Austin Employment and labor Lawyer Jennifer Denise Ward
Jennifer Denise Ward
Employment and labor Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 12 years