Faculty Profile: Jennifer Morton

Jennifer MortonJennifer Morton Law, PLLC
Previous Courses Taught (2)
  • 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Forum 2021: Day 2 Registration
  • 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Forum 2021: 2-Day, Full Program Registration
Biography

​Jennifer Morton was licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee in 1992.  She graduated, cum laude, from the University of Tennessee, College of Law.  From the beginning of her legal career, Jen has always focused her practice on civil rights and employment law, primarily representing employees.  She has maintained an active litigation practice representing her clients in state and federal court jury trials, at mediation, and before administrative tribunals.  She was admitted to practice in the Federal District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee in 1992, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1993, and the United States Supreme Court in 1998. 
 
She is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and a founding member of the Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association for which she served two terms as President.  She is also a member of the Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations, and is currently a Master Emeritus with the Hamilton Burnett Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  Jen is listed by the Tennessee Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution as a Rule 31 mediator in the field of general civil mediation.  She is also listed as an approved mediator for federal court-annexed mediation.
 
In addition to working for nearly three decades as a litigator in state, federal, and appellate courts, she serves the City of Knoxville as a Beer Board Hearing Officer, she previously taught “Pretrial Litigation” as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee, College of Law, and has presented seminar lectures on employment law and mediation.  Early in her career she received an award from the Knoxville Legal Aid Society for accepting the most pro bono cases, and she remains dedicated to making justice accessible to people in need.  In law school, she was a member of the Law Review and published an article in the Tennessee Law Review about pregnancy discrimination in employment, which sparked her interest in civil rights and employment law.   
 
Before moving to Tennessee, Jen earned her B.A., cum laude, from the State University of New York, College at Oswego, where she graduated with a double major in Public Justice and Political Science after studying abroad from 1986-1987 at Brunel University, London, England, in the Department of Government.
 
When not working, Jen enjoys spending time doing all things active in the great outdoors.