Jennifer Stocker

Partner
  • 171 Monroe Avenue N.W.
    Suite 1000
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2694
    P:616-742-3932
    F:616-742-3999

Jennifer Stocker is a partner in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Department.

Ms. Stocker’s labor and employment practice is national in scope. Her practice emphasis is in the defense of employment litigation filed against employers in state, federal and appellate courts, as well as the defense of charges before state and federal administrative agencies. Her litigation experience includes the defense of FLSA claims, including workplace class actions, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, and Title VII claims, as well as state law counterpart claims for discrimination, harassment and retaliation. She provides pre-litigation counseling and avoidance advice, alternative dispute resolution, investigation, trial and appellate services. She also has broad experience navigating employers through the reduction in force process, including global and complex undertakings.

Ms. Stocker also provides advice and counsel covering all aspects of human resource management including training, employment practice audits and proactive strategies to assure legal compliance. She advises clients in the global food production, retail and professional service industries and has served as an on-site legal and affirmative action consultant. Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Ms. Stocker was a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett in Grand Rapids. She was also chair of that firm’s Diversity Team.

Ms. Stocker has been recognized on The Best Lawyers in America® list.

Ms. Stocker earned her B.A. from Calvin College in Grand Rapids and her J.D. from Valparaiso University Law School. She is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Michigan, Colorado, Missouri and Kansas. She is a member of Barnes & Thornburg’s Diversity Team, is a local supporter of The Dictionary Project, and has been a board member of the West Michigan Literacy Council. In addition, Ms. Stocker serves as a faculty member for the Hillman Trial Advocacy Program. This is an annual three-day seminar, co-sponsored by the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan and the Federal Bar Association, that provides high-quality, professional courtroom training to hundreds of trial lawyers.