Jennifer L. Eaton

Jenny is a trial attorney who represents businesses—including many in the maritime and transportation industries—in state and federal courts across the Commonwealth. Her representations range from contractual disputes to personal injury defense. Along with her team in the Litigation Practice Group, she also serves as local counsel for matters litigated in the Norfolk and Newport News divisions of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Having clerked at the trial-court level, Jenny has a unique understanding of the inner workings of court administration and an appreciation for approaching problems with judicial considerations in mind. Having tried cases in state and federal courts, she also understands the often-underappreciated importance of oral advocacy and has the experience to effectively advocate for her clients at the most sensitive times in a litigation.

Some of her career highlights include:

  • Obtaining a defense verdict for maritime employer in federal court trial brought by a former employee alleging negligence and having the defense verdict affirmed on appeal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
  • Prevailing on dispositive motion to dismiss premises liability case against facility owner.
  • Briefing, arguing, and obtaining partial summary judgment for an employer limiting its liability for the tortious actions of its employee.
  • Prevailing on dispositive motion to dismiss landlord from million-dollar lawsuit based on lack of duty owed to plaintiff.
  • Serving as part of a local counsel legal team for patent clients in a multi-week federal court jury trial.
  • Serving as part of local counsel legal team for a AMLAW 100 firm and a generic pharmaceutical company in patent litigation.

Prior to attending law school, Jenny earned her B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Jenny received her J.D. (cum laude) from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary where she served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Women and the Law and as a Teaching Assistant for the Trial Advocacy Program. After law school, Jenny completed a one-year clerkship with the Norfolk Circuit Court.

Outside the courtroom, Jenny has leadership roles in legal organizations such as the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association and the James Kent American Inn of Court. To compliment her professional involvements, Jenny demonstrates her commitment to service by giving back to the community. She coaches Special Olympics athletes in basketball, soccer, and track & field. She also serves on the local Special Olympics Area 2 Board. In addition to her extensive involvement with Special Olympics, Jenny also gives back in various capacities to other organizations such as the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia where she serves on the Philanthropy Committee and the Chesapeake Humane Society where she serves on its Board.

In 2018, Jenny received the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association’s prestigious Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award in recognition of her past and ongoing service to the community. And in 2019, Jenny was honored by her alma mater as the Taylor Reveley Award recipient in recognition of her service, leadership, and qualities as a citizen lawyer.

Jenny is also a longtime Virginia resident. She currently lives in Chesapeake with her husband and two dogs.