Born in Saudi Arabia, Jennifer joined Cuneo, Black, Ward & Missler in 1999. She practices workers’ compensation defense, and is one of the few dedicated subrogation lawyers in Northern California. She has significant experience in civil litigation, from both plaintiff and defense perspectives, and has handled personal injury, product liability, intentional torts, and malpractice cases.
Jennifer has focused on subrogation since joining CBWM. Her experience with both workers’ compensation and civil litigation make her an ideal subrogation lawyer because she understands each area of law and is therefore able to appreciate the “big picture.” Jennifer is also familiar with the characteristics of various venues and uses that knowledge to chart the best course for a case. Because of her extensive experience in subrogation, Jennifer is often consulted by attorneys throughout Northern California to provide advice and guidance in connection with subrogation cases.
Jennifer represents public entities and large insurance carriers. Her strength lies in ending stalemates in order to effect resolution. She has a good rapport with most applicant’s attorneys which often leads to less contentious litigation.
Jennifer has experience with construction-related cases which often involve indemnity agreements and Privette arguments. She has handled product liability cases which involve design, manufacture, and/or warranty defects. She works on general negligence and slip or trip and fall cases which raise issues of comparative negligence. And, of course, there are the motor vehicle collisions with arguments regarding force of impact and proximate cause of the injury. Jennifer understands the significance of claims of employer negligence and often uses the civil litigation to leverage a favorable resolution of the workers’ compensation case.
What is the most interesting case you handled?
When Jennifer was practicing civil litigation, she worked on a case against Ford Motor Company involving a Bronco rollover. Jennifer’s firm represented the manufacturer of the fiberglass roof which was a co-defendant with Ford Motor Company. She made numerous trips to Michigan during the discovery phase and considers the fiercely litigated case a great learning opportunity.