Jennifer Svanfeldt is a partner based in the San Francisco office of GBG. She is a labor and employment attorney with nearly 17 years of experience in complex litigation, including wage-and-hour class actions and representative actions under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).
As an experienced litigator, Jennifer has defeated and successfully resolved single-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination cases in court and in arbitration. She also investigates and responds to administrative charges before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), and conducts independent investigations of employee complaints.
Prior to joining GBG, Jennifer was part of the employment law practice of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Before Morgan Lewis, Jennifer was an associate at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Jennifer served as an extern with Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2004
- University of Washington, B.A., 2000
Key Practice Experience
- Complex wage and hour litigation, including PAGA representative actions
- Single plaintiff litigation
- Transportation logistics
- Defeated class certification in a security check class action, Coates v. United Parcel Service, Inc.(2019)
- Defeated class certification in an alleged timecard manipulation class action, Dominguez v. United Parcel Service, Inc. (2020)
- Defeated class certification of meal and rest break claims and obtained summary judgment on wage statement claim, Santos v. United Parcel Service, Inc. (2021)
- Defeated class certification in an alleged meal and rest break class action, Koval v. Pacific Bell Telephone Company (2013), affirmed on appeal (2014)
- Obtained multiple summary judgment victories in cases involving discrimination, retaliation, defamation, breach of contract and other claims.