Jennifer A. Surprenant

Jennifer A. Surprenant

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Jennifer A. Surprenant focuses her practice on commercial litigation matters in both state and federal courts, with an emphasis on products liability, mass tort defense, oil and natural gas, intellectual property, antitrust and breach of contract. She represents clients in a broad range of industries, including tobacco, energy and natural gas, pharmaceutical and life sciences, retail, and distribution.

Since 2014, she has served as a staff member to the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination.

Concentrations
  • Complex civil litigation
  • Products liability and mass tort
  • Energy & infrastructure
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Life sciences and medical technology
  • Corporate internal investigations

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented and managed client relationship with Fortune 100 oil and gas company in respect to upstream and downstream issues, including disputes, trading and commercial issues.
  • Represented defendant, natural gas company, in multi-jurisdictional class action where plaintiffs alleged tort damages stemming from gas curtailment and challenged various utility regulations governing the company’s operation, as well as internal company procedures relating to gas pressurization, supply, and distribution.
  • Represented major tobacco company in various capacities, including against the Food and Drug Administration, against State Attorney Generals, and against individual plaintiffs seeking damages for injuries allegedly caused by smoking cigarettes.
  • Represented defendant, international beverages company, in products liability action relating to an allegedly exploding glass bottle, where plaintiffs, among other things, alleged that the bottle itself was defective and/or had been improperly pressurized, filled, stored, handled, or transported.
  • Represented multi-national book retailer in the defense of its patent misuse claims in regards to technology underlying its e-reader devices.
  • Represented defendant pharmaceutical and life sciences client on various intellectual property issues including patent misuse and misappropriation of trademark.
  • Coordinated internal investigation of multi-national life insurance company in regards to shareholder allegations of corporate fraud.
  • Represented defendant, international law firm, in an employment discrimination mediation.
  • Pro bono trial representation of an incarcerated inmate alleging police brutality.

ºThe above representations were handled by Ms. Surprenant prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Judicial Intern, the Honorable Loretta A. Preska, United States District Court, 2008
  • Judicial Intern, the Honorable Allan L. Gropper, Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, 2007

Recognition & Leadership

  • Staff, New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination, 2014-Present
  • Member, American Bar Association

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Fordham University School of Law, 2009
    • Order of the Coif
    • Notes and Articles Editor, Fordham Law Review
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Fordham University, 2006
    • Valedictorian
    • Phi Beta Kappa
Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York