Cozen O’Connor: Williams, Jennifer T.

Jennifer Taylor Williams

Member

Miami

(305) 704-5944

(305) 704-5955

Recent News:

Nine Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named 2019 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers has named Nine Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2019 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Jennifer has focused exclusively on representing management in all facets of labor and employment law for more than 20 years. She represents employers in labor and employment litigation before federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor. Jennifer has extensive experience in litigating a full-range of employment disputes, including individual and class action wage/hour claims, disability, age, gender, and race discrimination and harassment matters, and retaliatory discharge. Jennifer also regularly litigates disputes involving employment contracts, as well as non-compete and confidentiality agreements. 

Jennifer also has considerable experience advising clients on all aspects of employment law compliance, including employee leave issues and accommodations, wage and hour audits, internal investigations, hiring and termination decisions, workplace policies and employee privacy issues. She frequently conducts training for clients on issues including workplace professionalism, diversity initiatives and performance management. Jennifer also negotiates employment contracts, restrictive covenant and non-disclosure agreements, and separation agreements. 

Jennifer is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section. Since 2008, Jennifer has served as a regional co-chair for the section’s national student trial advocacy competition. She is also a member of the section’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee and currently serves as the management co-chair of the committee’s ethics subcommittee.

Jennifer is a frequent author and lecturer on various employment law issues. In Spring 2015, Jennifer co-authored an article titled “Evolution of Wage Issues in the Restaurant Industry” for the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law’s Fair Labor Standards Act symposium. Jennifer serves as a chapter author for the Bloomberg BNA-ABA jointly published treatises titled The Fair Labor Standards Act and The Family and Medical Leave Act. She has also contributed to such publications as the ABA’s Age Discrimination in Employment Act treatise and Lex-Mundi’s Guide to Doing Business in Florida. Jennifer has also spoken on various workplace issues for the American Bar Association, Practical Law Institute and American Conference Institute. 

Jennifer is Florida Bar Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law. Jennifer has been recognized by Chambers USA since 2006 and as a Best Lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America since 2013. She has also been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. Jennifer is a member of the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys and is the former chair of the Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section’s ABA liaison subcommittee.

Beyond the practice of law, Jennifer is an active member on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami and also serves on the board’s Executive Committee. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami is the premier mentoring organization in South Florida. Founded in 1958, the organization serves more than 7,000 children, volunteers, and families each year through community and school-based mentoring programs.

Jennifer earned her law degree from the George Washington University Law School and her bachelor's degree, with honors, from the University of Florida.

Experience

News

Nine Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named 2019 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 26, 2019

Super Lawyers has named Nine Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2019 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

April 25, 2019

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.

That 1 A.M. Cell Phone Call to a Worker May Require Overtime Pay

January 28, 2019

Jennifer Williams, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discussed employers possibly being on the hook for overtime pay if an employee uses their phone for work outside of their shift with Bloomberg Law.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Trial Date v. Due Date: Courts Make Room for Parental Leave

July 31, 2018

Jennifer Williams, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was quoted in Bloomberg Law discussing paid leave for workers who are new parents.

FLSA compliance this summer: what to do about unpaid internships

July 10, 2018

Jennifer Williams, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discussed with Fuse Work Force the best practices for ensuring FLSA compliance for internships.

Oil Firm, Rival Denied Early Wins In Trade Secret Dispute

May 10, 2018

David Barron and Jennifer Williams' argument in Core Laboratories LP et al. v. AmSpec LLC et al. was discussed in a Law360 article covering the case.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

May 26, 2017

Chambers USA recognized 47 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 14 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2016 Chambers USA Rankings

May 27, 2016

Chambers USA recognized 41 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Cozen O’Connor Expands Miami Office with Addition of Two New Members

December 02, 2015

Eisenberg and Williams strengthen Labor & Employment Practice.

Publications

Can Cities Set a Local Minimum Wage? Florida Supreme Court Says No [Alert]

February 14, 2019

Jennifer Williams discusses the city of Miami Beach's attempt to raise the minimum wage and what the court's ruling means for other Florida cities.

What Does Workplace Training Look Like in the Wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp?

December 11, 2018

Jennifer Williams, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote an article for the Daily Business Review about anti-harassment and anti-discrimination workplace training.

Preparing for the 2018 Internship Season: Know the Rules [Daily Business Review]

June 07, 2018

Jennifer Williams, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discussed in Daily Business Review what employers need to know when employing interns.

Education

  • The George Washington University, J.D., 1999
  • University of Florida, B.A., with honors, 1996

Awards & Honors

Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education

The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2019

Chambers USA, 2008-2019

Chambers USA  "Associate to Watch" for Labor & Employment, 2006-2007

Super Lawyers Magazine "Rising Star", 2010-2014

Florida Super Lawyers 2019

Daily Business Review, Recognized as a Rising Star in South Florida, 2014

South Florida Business Journal "40 Under 40"  2013

Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County "40 Under 40" 2012

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • The Florida Bar, Labor & Employment Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Member; Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section Student Trial Advocacy Competition, Miami Regional Chair, 2008-Present
  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association Minority Bar Passage Program, Member
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, Board Member
  • Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management, Member
  • Women's Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County, Member
  • Academy of Florida Management Attorneys, Member