Jen Cornell she/her

Board Member

Jen Cornell is an attorney at the law firm of GBG LLP, a certified women-owned law firm.  Jen began her legal career in Minnesota, defending employers in nationwide wage-and-hour class and collective actions. Since moving her practice to California, her practice has expanded to primarily focus on California class and representative action under the California Private Attorneys General Act, with a particular emphasis on representing start-ups and tech companies. Jen also specializes in conducting high-stakes investigations, particularly those requiring sensitivity to brand impact or press management.  In 2018, Jen won Minnesota Attorney of the Year for her representation of a victim of police excessive force in out-state Minnesota through the ACLU.  Prior to private practice, Jen served as a Judicial Law Clerk for Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota and then-Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan.

Before going to law school, Jen served the Minneapolis Fire Department for 15 years in various capacities including Firefighter, Captain, Fire Investigator, and Battalion Chief.  She specialized in high-rise residential and ice-water rescues.  She was awarded the MFD Honorable Service Award for a high-rise rescue in 2002.

Jen was a founder of the Minnesota Women Firefighter’s Association, and a former board member of the Friends School of Minnesota, and the MN-ACLU.