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2801 Alaskan Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98121
T: 206.777.7447

Jennifer S. Divine

Partner

Jennifer S. Divine joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn as a partner in December 2012. Jennifer has over twenty years experience defending and advising public and private employers in a wide range of cases, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, whistleblower/retaliation, and wage-and-hour claims. She counsels clients on a variety of employment law issues, such as executive contracts and compensation, severance agreements, noncompetition and nonsolicitation restrictions, disability accommodations, FMLA and other leave rights, and misconduct investigations.

Jennifer regularly speaks to client and professional groups on employment issues and best personnel practices, and provides individualized training to managers, supervisors, and other employees to help avoid problems that lead to litigation, and reduce the time and expense of resolving employee lawsuits.

Jennifer focuses a large part of her practice on educational institutions, advising on staff and student employment, faculty tenure, grievances, student conduct and discipline, Title IX policies and investigations, threat assessment and behavior intervention, FERPA, public-records, accreditation, regulatory and nonprofit compliance, bylaws, policy handbooks, and other shared governance issues. Jennifer understands the public relations aspects of an institution's decisions and is adept at assisting boards and administrators in balancing the needs and interests of the various constituencies they serve.

Representative Experience

Serves as outside general counsel for public school districts, independent schools, and private universities.
Assisted higher education institution in drafting self-study report and advised on preparation for site visit by regional accreditation agency.
Drafted appeal from unfavorable accreditation decision by regional accrediting body and advised Board of Trustees on merits and political consequences of pursuing appeal.
Advised higher education client on major rewrite of faculty handbook.
Represented university in OCR investigation of complaint brought by student claiming disability discrimination in field placement process.