Jennifer L. Muse

Jennifer Muse is an experienced attorney in the firm’s Employment Law Group. Jennifer has extensive experience representing employers in employment matters, including issues and claims related to Title VII of the Civil Right Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. In addition, Jennifer drafts employment contracts, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, and separation and release agreements. She works with clients to develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal and state employment laws. For clients engaged in government contracting, Jennifer assists them in preparing affirmative action plans. She also has extensive experience representing clients on issues related to non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, the protection of trade secrets, breaches of fiduciary duties, and defamation.

Jennifer also assists clients with the design, drafting, and implementation of employee benefit plans, including tax-qualified plans, cafeteria plans, and health and welfare plans. Jennifer counsels clients concerning plan documents, plan qualification, compliance and fiduciary issues, and provides advice and assistance in correcting plan administration and other errors through voluntary compliance programs. She also provides advice to clients concerning COBRA and HIPAA compliance.

AWARDS

Super Lawyers- 2015 Super Lawyer Rising Star

Coastal Virginia Magazine- Top Lawyers 2015

Virginia Business Legal Elite 2016 – Health Law

Educational and Professional Background

  • The American University, B.A., cum laude, Political Science, May 1998
  • William & Mary School of Law, J.D., May 2001
  • Editor, William & Mary Law Review (2000-2001)
  • Teaching Assistant, William & Mary School of Law Legal Skills Program (2000-2001)
  • Attorney, Blankingship & Keith, P.C. (2001-2006)
  • Admitted to Practice
    • Virginia (2001)
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 

Activities and Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Newport News Bar Association
  • Speaker: The ACA/Obama Care: What Employees Need to Know, Sterling Education Services, INC., Fundamentals of Employment Law, April 28th, 2015.
  • Former Member, Virginia State Bar Committee on Personal Insurance for Members (2003-2005)
  • Author: Are You Breaking Some Sort of Law?: Protecting an Employee’s Informal Complaints Under the Fair Labor Standards Act’s Anti-Retaliation Provision,42 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 319 (2000)
  • Co-Author, Emerging Trends in Public Use, Eminent Domain Updated, Virginia CLE Seminar (2006)
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Junior League of Hampton Roads (2010-2012)
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA (2008-2013)
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star for Employment & Labor, (2012-2014)
  • Recognized by Virginia Business magazine as a 2013 & 2015 “Legal Elite” in Health Law
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