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Jennifer B. Compton

Partner, Labor & Employment Practice Co-Administrator
240 South Pineapple Avenue
10th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236
Direct941.364.2754
Fax941.366.3999
jcompton@slk-law.com

Assistant

Darcy Mills
Direct941.366.6660 ext. 2485
dmills@slk-law.com

With 20 years practicing employment law counseling and litigation, Jennifer has a wealth of experience which she attributes to the variety of clients she guides through the changes in law, the economy, and the world.

Known for her client-focused legal advice, Jennifer makes it a point to understand the business aspects in addition to the legal issues, thus enabling her to work shoulder to shoulder with her clients. She primarily represents employers and provides assistance in preventative counseling and the defense of litigation brought by current and former employees. Regularly practicing in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration, areas of defense recently handled by Jennifer include: claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Florida Whistleblower Act, Florida Civil Rights Act, and Florida Trade Secret Act. She also frequently litigates to enforce non-competition and non-solicitation agreements against former employees, as well as defending claims for enforcement on behalf of employers who have hired new employees subject to such covenants. Additionally, Jennifer works with executives separating out from local, regional and national employers, including the areas of severance and restrictive covenants.  Jennifer is a frequent lecturer on employment law and litigation issues for employers.

When not practicing law, Jennifer enjoys raising her family and supporting Sarasota, the community where she grew up, met and married her high school sweetheart. She is particularly proud of her involvement as secretary, executive committee member, and board member for the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization, which is developing a master plan for 54 acres of city-owned land on the Sarasota Bayfront and seen by many as the single largest undertaking to impact Sarasota for the next 50-100 years.

Representative Matters

  • $59 million trade secret judgment against a former employee who misappropriated trade secrets and set up manufacturing out of the country.
  • Defense judgment in a racial discrimination claim by a terminated employee of a large manufacturer.
  • Enforcement of non-competes by way of injunction and damages against former sales representatives.
  • Resolution and compliance under an EEOC Consent Decree for alleged disability discrimination against a large health care facility.
  • Successful defense of gender discrimination and pay disparity claim against a multi-state employer.

Honors

  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2011, 2012

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Girls Inc., Chair, Board of Directors
  • Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization Board of Directors, Secretary
  • All Faiths Food Bank, Governance Committee
  • Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, Executive Committee Member and Legal Counsel
  • Diversity Law Institute, Member
  • Trial Law Institute, Member
  • Leadership Sarasota

News Releases

06.18.2018Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2018 Florida Super Lawyers and 2018 Florida Rising Stars
09.21.2017Shumaker Women’s Leadership Event Highlights Sarasota Philanthropies
06.08.2017Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2017 Florida Super Lawyers® and 2017 Florida Rising Stars
06.09.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and 2016 Florida Rising Stars
06.12.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and 2015 Florida Rising Stars
04.29.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Partner Jennifer Compton Honored for Community Leadership
04.15.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Earn Top Marks from Legal Peers
02.11.2015Free Employment Law Seminar Offers Continuing Education Credits to Attorneys, HR Professionals
09.30.2014Compton Elected Board President of Girls, Inc. of Sarasota County
08.12.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Launches Community Back-to-School Campaign
06.16.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers and 2014 Florida Rising Stars
11.18.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Donates $7500 to Girls, Inc.
06.13.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2013 Florida Super Lawyers and 2013 Florida Rising Stars
02.05.2013Jennifer B. Compton to Speak at Business Women's Initiative Conference
10.09.2012Jennifer B. Compton Moderator for SM2 Regional Workforce Development Event
11.21.2011Jennifer B. Compton Elected to the Board of Girl’s Inc. and as Chair of Workforce Innovation and Talent Development Council for Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
11.21.2011Shumaker Holds Food Drive to Benefit All Faiths Food Bank
06.10.2011Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2011 Florida Super Lawyers and 2011 Florida Rising Stars
07.27.2010Jennifer B. Compton Selected for Leadership Sarasota County
04.06.2010Jennifer B. Compton Panelist for the Business Ethics Alliance

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Education

  • J.D., with honors, Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, 1997
  • B.A., University of Florida, 1994

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Alabama, 1999
  • Florida, 1997
  • All Federal District Courts Florida

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