Jennifer Routh focuses her practice on complex civil litigation. She has achieved notable successes for her clients including significant summary dispositions and through trial to final judgment. She recently tried three cases in the span of twelve months, all of which resulted in victories for her clients. One of those cases resulted in the first jury verdict under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. In addition to her trial victories, Jennifer has achieved complete dismissal of cases based on motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment.

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  • Trial counsel for the defendants, major health system and named fiduciaries, in an ERISA class action; obtained rulings denying all injunctive relief and 97% of damages sought (US District Court for the District of Colorado (2020))
  • Trial counsel for the plaintiff, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, in a breach of contract action; prevailed on all claims, obtaining a multi-million dollar verdict for the plaintiff and won award of attorneys’ fees. (US District Court for the District of Columbia (2018))
  • Trial counsel for the defendant, the leading maker of office headsets, in a Sherman 1, Sherman 2, and Clayton Act antitrust action between direct competitors; McDermott was brought in to try the case shortly before trial and, despite an adverse inference instruction on spoliation that was ordered prior to the Firm’s involvement, the jury deliberated for an hour before returning a complete defense verdict (US District Court for the District of Delaware (2017))

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  • Benchmark Litigation 2020 and 2021, “40 and Under Hot List”
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2019-2020
  • Emerging Women Leaders in Law, 2019
  • ABA Section of Litigation Young Lawyer Leadership Program, 2017-2019


  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Health Law Litigation Committee Chair


University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2013
Franciscan University of Steubenville, BA, 2005

District of Columbia
North Carolina
South Carolina

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