Jackson Walker is pleased to announce Jennifer S. Freel has joined the White Collar Defense & Government Enforcement group as a partner in Austin. A former federal prosecutor, Jennifer advises businesses and individuals under investigation by the government and conducts internal investigations for companies seeking an independent party. She also represents clients in civil disputes at the pre-trial, trial, and appellate levels in state and federal court.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer to Jackson Walker,” said Erica Benites Giese, who chairs the Firm’s White Collar Defense & Government Enforcement group. “Jennifer is known for resolving challenging investigations, and skilled in both trial and appellate advocacy. Her time as a federal prosecutor and her extensive courtroom experience make her a fantastic addition to our team.”
For more than nine years, Jennifer served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Austin Division of the Western District of Texas. She has argued more than twenty times before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Jennifer was ranked in Texas for 2021 in the area of White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She also has been recognized for 2022 by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Criminal Defense: White Collar in Austin.
On her decision to join the Firm, Jennifer said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining JW’s well-respected and growing white collar defense team. Jackson Walker is the type of firm that will enable me to serve my current clients and continue to expand my practice. The Firm’s history of providing trusted advisors to Texas clients and top-notch experts in Texas courts is simply unparalleled.”
“Jackson Walker is the type of firm that will enable me to serve my current clients and continue to expand my practice. The Firm’s history of providing trusted advisors to Texas clients and top-notch experts in Texas courts is simply unparalleled.”
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Journalism degree, with high honors, from the University of Missouri, and her J.D., with high honors, from the George Washington University Law School. At GW Law, she was editor-in-chief of The George Washington Law Review.
Founded in 1887, Jackson Walker continues to advance the world of business by helping companies of all sizes navigate today’s increasingly complex, interconnected legal landscape. With more than 400 attorneys across seven Texas-based offices, the Firm represents Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, major financial institutions, insurance companies, and a wide range of public companies and private businesses around the globe. The Firm is ranked nationally in 25 practice areas in the U.S. News “Best Law Firms” rankings, has 14 Chambers-ranked practices, and has been recognized as a BTI Client Service A-Team since 2014.