Providing excellent and informed representation to her clients is the hallmark of Jennifer Porter’s career. For more than 20 years, Jennifer has successfully represented hundreds of people who have been injured through no fault of their own; people who were often just in the wrong place at the wrong time but suffered significant or catastrophic injuries as a result.
Jennifer believes that people not only need and deserve someone who listens to them and talks the talk of a skilled litigator, but who also has the skill, experience and background to walk the walk, preparing a successful claim for settlement or for litigation while also providing sound advice, sensitive to the needs of the individual. Jennifer is in the unique position to provide that level of representation to her clients and to maximize recovery for her clients, as a result of her years working as house counsel for Progressive Insurance and also as hired counsel for several of the country’s major insurance carriers, round-tabling defense strategies with insurance adjustors, engaging in defense-oriented training and education courses, and litigating hundreds of bench and jury trials using defense trial tactics.
With this background, Jennifer turned to what she enjoys most – representing the injured individuals and helping them navigate the insurance claims and court system, enabling them to keep their focus on their recovery. In her practice, Jennifer advises clients on what to watch out for from the outset of their claim, preventing them from falling prey to the insurance carrier’s favored strategy of pressing quick settlements to close the claim before the injured person has the opportunity to recognize the full extent of the injury. She also strives to give practical and grounded counsel, advising as to when settlement makes senses versus when litigation is necessary. Jennifer has litigated personal injury matters in all the Courts of Northern Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia Superior Court and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and has settled cases by negotiation and medication.
In addition to her proven skills as a personal injury litigator, Jennifer has also developed legal experience in other practice areas, having litigated matters of family law in both levels of court in Virginia, as well as successfully negotiating resolution to contentious matters of divorce, support and child custody. Now, by joining forces with Christie Leary, Jennifer has further expanded her practice to include criminal defense, traffic matters and school disciplinary matters. The thing that matters most is helping people navigate tough times with skill and sensitivity, and with a robust practice in these areas, Jennifer looks forward to new legal challenges each day.
Jennifer hails from East Tennessee and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, College of Law – Go Vols! She completed her third year of law school as a visiting student at American University, Washington College of Law and is a 20 year resident of Northern Virginia. She is a committed member of the Virginia legal community. A long-time member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA), Jennifer has served on the VTLA Women’s Leadership Caucus, VTLA Business Partners Committee, and the VTLA Membership Committee. She is also active with the Fairfax Bar Association (FBA), in which she currently serves as a member of the Circuit Court Committee and the Domestic Relations Sub-Committee. Previously, she was a member of the FBA Young Lawyers Section, serving on the Board of Directors and then as President in 2007/2008, and then in her capacity as immediate past President, she served as a member of the FBA Board of Directors.
Jennifer has received the prestigious AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating of her legal ability and professional ethics from the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating system for members of the legal profession and carries a Avvo Rating 10/10, also based on reviews from her peers. Jennifer is licensed to practice in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia and California.
In addition to her professional career, Jennifer is committed to her local community, having served on the Board of Directors her neighborhood Swim Club and her neighborhood Civic Association. She is also troop leader to a very active group of middle school aged Girl Scouts. Jennifer is a proud US Navy military spouse and mother to three school-aged daughters, and she can frequently be found at the soccer field, swimming pool or PTA meeting. She is active with the Naval Officer’s Spouse’s Club, the Military Spouse J.D. Network, and the Military Officers Association of America. She is also a member of the Church of the Nativity in Burke, Virginia, where she has volunteered in the Religious Education program and is a member of the Women of Nativity.
- California, 1998
- Virginia, 2000
- District of Columbia, 2001
- Maryland, 2004
- University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
- J.D. – 1998
- Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tennessee
- B.A. cum laude – 1995
- Major: Social Science
- Minor: Political Science
Honors and Awards
- Martindale Hubbell – AV Peer Review Rating
- AVVO – 10 out of 10 Rating
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Fairfax Bar Association – Circuit Court Committee, Domestic Relations Sub- Committee
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association – Womens Leadership Caucus
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association – Membership Committee
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association – Business Partners Committee
- Fairfax Bar Association – Young Lawyers Section, Past President (2007-2008)
- North Springfield Swim Club – Board of Directors
- North Springfield Civic Association – Board of Directors
- Girl Scouts of America – Troop Leader
- Naval Officer’s Spouse Club – Member
- North Springfield Elementary School – Parent Teacher Association – Member
- Military Spouse J.D. Network – Member
- Military Officers Association of America
- Nativity Church – Religious Education and Women of Nativity