Ms. Jenness practices in the areas of municipal law, labor and employment, and litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Jenness served as City Solicitor for the City of Methuen, and as Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Lowell. She has advised municipalities on a wide range of issues arising in areas such as zoning, civil rights, licensing, contracts, procurement, labor and employment, and tort liability. She has counseled government officials and boards regarding their obligations under state ethics laws, public records laws, and the Open Meeting Law. She has successfully negotiated a number of collective bargaining agreements with municipal unions. Ms. Jenness has litigated numerous matters and appeared before various state, federal and appellate courts, and state agencies including the Department of Labor Relations, the Civil Service Commission, the Appellate Tax Board, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
Before beginning her public/municipal law practice, Ms. Jenness worked in the private sector, both at a law firm and in-house at several Fortune 500 companies, advising corporate entities regarding intellectual property, licensing, and trade secrets.
Ms. Jenness graduated from Georgetown University, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. She received a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Indiana University. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Board of Student Advisors and taught first-year legal writing. She serves on the real estate advisory committee for Coalition for a Better Acre, a community development corporation based in Lowell, MA.