Johnsen Bio Webpage HS 10-7-13


Shareholder Jennifer Johnsen is not only a leader at GWB but is also a leader in the profession and the community. Jennifer currently serves as Chair of the Firm’s Diversity Committee and is the Team Leader of the Firm’s ERISA and Benefits Team.  She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Insurance Industry Committee and as a Vice Chair of the Insurance Coverage substantive law section of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.  She served as Chair of the Life, Health & Disability section of the FDCC from 2012 -2104 and was a Co-Chair of the FDCC’s Insurance Industry Symposium held in 2015. Jennifer currently serves as Chair of the United Way of Greenville County’s 2016 Campaign. In 2003 she served as President of the Greenville County Bar Association.  Jennifer’s leadership skills and more than 25 years of trial and litigation experience have benefited the clients she serves in her law practice, which focuses on ERISA benefits litigation, business and commercial litigation and insurance coverage litigation.

Jennifer has extensive experience litigating issues concerning employee benefits in both the ERISA and non-ERISA context.  Throughout her career Jennifer has handled cases involving:

  • Short-Term Disability Benefits
  • Long-Term Disability Benefits
  • Health Benefits
  • Long-Term Care
  • Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Benefits

Jennifer is also an accomplished business and commercial litigation attorney. She represents individuals, businesses, and corporations in business disputes, arbitration, and litigation. Throughout her career Jennifer has defended clients in matters concerning:

  • Business Torts
  • Contracts
  • Insurance
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Trade Secrets
  • Covenants Not to Compete

Jennifer also brings more than 20 years of experience to the insurance coverage practice.  From coverage opinions and declaratory judgment actions to defending bad faith claims, Jennifer has handled a myriad of insurance coverage issues.  Her insurance coverage legal skills are highly regarded in the legal community. As a result, Jennifer has been asked to speak on the topics of bad faith claims and director’s and officer’s coverage at national meetings of the FDCC.

Jennifer recognizes the value and importance of client service. She strives to exceed the expectations of her clients by attending to the smallest detail and by being responsive to client inquiries.




Current News

Attorney Jennifer Johnsen Honored with Appleman Award by the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Shareholder Jennifer Johnsen has been honored with the John Alan Appleman Award by the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC). Each year, the FDCC honors the Substantive Law Section Chair who has made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of the FDCC’s educational goals through the work of his or her Section.

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Associations & Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Past President, Greenville County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • Leadership Greenville, Class 29
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Member
    - Former Vice Chair of Life, Health & Disability Section

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers Business Edition, Spring 2016
    - Commercial Litigation
    - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    - Insurance Law
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012 to Present
    - Commercial Litigation
    - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    - Insurance Law
  • 2015 Legal Elite, Greenville Business Magazine
    - Healthcare Law
    - Insurance Law
  • 2014 Legal Elite, Greenville Business Magazine
    - Insurance Law
  • 2014 FDCC Appleman Award
  • Greenville Magazine’s Best & Brightest, 35 and Under


Notable Cases

  • Carden v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 559 F.3d 256 (4th Cir. 2009)
  • Elgin v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., Slip Copy, 2007 WL 1034988 (D.S.C. March. 30, 2007)
  • Waddle v. Maksin Management Corp., Slip Copy, 2007 WL 634420 (D.S.C. Feb. 26, 2007)
  • Drake v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 2007 WL 108722 (D.S.C. Jan. 12, 2007)
  • B.L.G. Enter., Inc. v. First Fin. Ins. Co., 514 S.E.2d 327 (S.C. 1999)
  • Peterson v. West American Ins. Co., 518 S.E.2d 608 (S.C. Ct. App. 1999)
  • Continental Ins. Co. v. Shives, 492 S.E.2d 808 (S.C. Ct. App. 1997)

Community Involvement

  • United Way of Greenville County
    - Board of Trustees
    - Campaign Cabinet Member, Chair
    - Palmetto Society Board Member, Former Chair
    - Young Philanthropist Council, Past Chair
  • Artisphere
    - Board of Directors
  • YMCA  Metropolitan
    - Board of Directors

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1990
  • South Carolina, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1994


  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1990
  • A.B., Mount Holyoke College, 1987

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