Jennifer A. Surprenant is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses her practice on a broad range of commercial disputes in both state and federal courts. Over the last decade and a half, she has litigated over 30 trials and arbitrations to judgment. Though Ms. Surprenant maintains a diverse practice, she primarily focuses on disputes involving complex commercial contracts, intellectual property, products liability, mass torts, oil and natural gas, employment issues, and antitrust.
Ms. Surprenant’s clients are as diverse as her practice. She actively counsels multi-national corporations, privately held entities, start-ups, and high-wealth individuals across a broad range of industries, including financial products, real estate holdings, technology, tobacco, energy and natural gas, pharmaceutical and life sciences, retail, and distribution.
Ms. Surprenant has honed her brief writing and oral advocacy skills over many years of practice. Indeed, she has drafted and argued numerous discovery, dispositive, and pre-trial motions in both state and federal court. She also has deep experience questioning and preparing fact and expert witnesses both at deposition and at trial.
Ms. Surprenant spends a great deal of time investing in the community. Since 2014, she has served as an Assistant General Counsel to the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination. She is the author of the chapter “The Complaint” in Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Court (Fifth Ed.) published in December 2021 by Thomson Reuters and the author of the chapter “Sanctions” in Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (Fifth Ed.) published in October 2020 by Thomson Reuters. She also serves as Counsel to the Board of the New York Foundation for the Arts (“NYFA”).
Ms. Surprenant received her B.A. degree from Fordham University, summa cum laude, where she was the Valedictorian and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree from Fordham University School of Law, magna cum laude, where she was an Editor on the Fordham Law Review.
- Complex civil litigation
- Arbitration and mediation
- Products liability and mass tort
- Energy & infrastructure
- Antitrust & Trade Regulation
- Life sciences and medical technology
- Corporate internal investigations