Jennifer A. Thompson

Focused Practice

Jennifer’s law practice involves assisting clients on bidding, contracting, and claims prosecution for both public and private projects. Jennifer has extensive experience representing homeowners and homeowner associations with construction issues, including defects, payment disputes, and contract review, drafting and negotiation.

Jennifer’s work involves such matters as advising and counseling clients on issues of government contracting, including procurement and government regulations. Her practice includes both transactional matters (including negotiating and drafting of multiple types of agreements) and litigation. Jennifer has handled numerous matters through all phases of litigation and arbitration. This experience has also provided her invaluable insight for the real estate and construction drafting and negotiation work that she performs.

Smart, Clear Counsel

Jennifer’s practice also involves representation of non-profit and homeowner associations in their litigation, corporate, and business matters. Through this work, she has extensive experience in, among other things, communicating complex legal issues to non-lawyers, providing training and education to boards of directors, and assisting clients in creating and implementing policies and regulations.

Leader in the Industry

Beyond her law practice, Jennifer is committed to leadership. She was a selected participant in the inaugural year of the Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) Leadership Project: A Core Development Program for Women Attorneys, and she participated in two follow-up years of MWL leadership training. In 2015, she is serving as the Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)’s Construction Law Section. She was appointed by former Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak as an Attorney Commissioner to the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission. In that position, Jennifer served a term as the Vice Chair. Jennifer’s involvement on the Commission afforded her the opportunity to meld her work in government contracting and construction law with work on civil rights matters.

  • Legal Advisor, Association of Women Contractors (AWC), Fall 2012-Present
  • Chair, Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Law Section, 2015-2016
    • Officer 2012-Present
    • Council Member July 2010-Present
  • Attorney Commissioner, Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission, 2011-2012
    • Vice Chair of Commission, 2012
    • Contract Compliance Committee member
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor, 2006-2014
  • Membership Director, National Association of Women in Construction, Chapter 164, 2009-2010
  • Presenter for numerous continuing education programs and seminars
    • Variety of topics, ranging from nuts and bolts construction and contract law, to advanced topics on construction law and real estate disclosure requirements; Lorman Education Services, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, National Business Institute, Half-Moon
  • Minnesota Rising Stars® list, Minnesota Law & Politics magazine; Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, 2007-2012, 2014-2015
  • The Top Women Attorneys In Minnesota® list, Twin Cities Business magazine, 2013; Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, 2015

Admitted to Practice

  • All Minnesota State Trial and Appellate Courts
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Hamline University School of Law, Saint Paul, Minnesota
    • Juris Doctor, May 2003, Dean’s List multiple semesters
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Bachelor of Arts, December 1999, cum laude; Majors: History and Political Science