- Exec. Board Member Oregon State Bar Local Rules Committee
Ms. Middleton represents employees and individuals in discrimination and civil rights claims against employers, schools, and governments. She was co-lead counsel on the 2014 case winning the right to marry for same-sex couples in Oregon, and she is currently serving as co-counsel in Jane Doe v. The University of Oregon, a case under Title IX on behalf of a student who reported a gang rape by three members of the Ducks basketball team. She also maintains an active practice representing whistleblowers, assisting them to report wrongdoing and responding to any retaliation they may experience. Ms. Middleton handles claims under the federal False Claims Act (“qui tam” cases) and other statutes providing incentives for whistleblowers to report illegal activities. Ms. Middleton also represents employees experiencing sexual harassment, discrimination, or wrongful termination, and has extensive experience pursuing disability rights, medical leave, overtime pay, and other employment-related matters. She strives not only to secure fair compensation for her clients but also to maintain high ethical and legal standards in the workplace, schools, and public entities.
Prior to joining Johnson Johnson & Schaller, Jennifer served as a public interest lawyer with the Employment Law Center in San Francisco and later as a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union at its New York headquarters, prosecuting civil rights claims nationwide. She has authored numerous amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and has represented individuals in groundbreaking claims. In 2002, for example, Middleton represented the surviving same-sex partner of a victim of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attack and forced the federal government to grant formal recognition to a same-sex relationship for the first time ever. After her public interest career, Middleton became a partner in the boutique labor and employment firm Levy, Ratner in New York before making a lifestyle choice to move to Eugene.
Jennifer Middleton is licensed to practice in federal and state court in Oregon, California and New York, the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. She currently serves as the President of Oregon’s ACLU Board of Directors. She also serves on the District of Oregon’s Federal Local Rules Committee, is an Executive Board member of the Oregon State Bar’s Constitutional Law Committee, and a former appointed Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. In 2014 she won the Fighting Spirit Award from Basic Rights Oregon and was recognized by the American Immigration Lawyers Association with their Outstanding Leadership for Civil Rights Award.
Named 2012 Super Lawyer, Jennifer received her Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University (Summa Cum Laude) and her J.D. from Harvard Law School (Magna Cum Laude), where she was Editor in Chief of the Harvard Women’s Law Journal.