Jennifer E. Johnsen

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Biography

Jennifer E. Johnsen is a partner in the firm’s Greenville, South Carolina, office. She is not only a leader at Gallivan White Boyd but also a leader in the legal profession and community at large. She currently serves as the practice group leader of the firm’s insurance group and chair of the Diversity Committee. She holds numerous leadership positions in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), serving as a senior director for the board of directors and as a vice chair of admissions.

From 2012 until 2014, Jennifer served as chair of the FDCC’s Life, Health & Disability section. In 2014, Jennifer was the recipient of the FDCC John Alan Appleman Award which recognizes the section chair who has made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of the FDCC’s educational goals while serving as chair. In 2019, Jennifer was named a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel. She is a past-president of the Greenville County Bar Association. Jennifer also served on the board of trustees for the United Way of Greenville County and was the chair of the United Way of Greenville County’s 2016 Campaign which raised more than $16.5 million dollars for the community.

Jennifer focuses her practice on insurance coverage litigation, ERISA and non-ERISA benefits and business and commercial litigation. She has more than 28 years of trial and litigation experience.

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

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

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

  • Business Torts
  • Contracts
  • Insurance
  • Covenants Not to Compete

Jennifer recognizes the value and importance of client service. She is responsive to inquiries and strives to exceed her clients’ expectations.

Education

Mount Holyoke College

B.A. (1987)

Suffolk University Law School

J.D. (1990)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Associations & Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Coverage Counsel
    • Fellow
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
    • Board of Directors, Senior Director
    • Admissions Committee, Vice Chair
    • Insurance Coverage Section, Former Vice Chair
    • Projects & Objectives Committee, Former Vice Chair
    • Life, Health and Disability Section, Former Chair
  • Greenville County Bar Association, Past President
  • Leadership Greenville, Class 29
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association (SCDTAA)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America (2012-2021)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    • Insurance
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
    • Appleman Award (2014)
  • Greenville Business Magazine
    • Legal Elite: Insurance Law (2014) (2020)
    • Best & Brightest, 35 and Under
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage (2020)

Community Involvement

  • Artisphere, Former General Counsel and Board Member
  • United Way of Greenville County
    • Board of Trustees, Former Member
    • 2016 Campaign Cabinet, Chair
    • Palmetto Society Board Member, Former Chair
    • Young Philanthropist Council, Former Chair
  • YMCA  Metropolitan Board of Directors
    • Former Board Member

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