Jennifer B. Salvatore is a founding partner in the Michigan office of Salvatore Prescott Porter & Porter, PLLC, a plaintiffs-side employment and civil rights law firm with offices in Detroit and Chicago. Professor Salvatore is an AV-rated lawyer and the immediate past Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Professor Salvatore's practice encompasses all aspects of employment law, although she has a particular interest in sex discrimination cases and has handled many high profile matters involving sex harassment and other gender issues.
Professor Salvatore has also been a Principal at Nacht, Roumel & Salvatore in Ann Arbor and began her practice in the litigation department at Jenner & Block, LLP in Chicago, where she represented Fortune 500 companies in complex commercial litigation. She was the first recipient of the Polikoff-Gautreaux fellowship at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest in Chicago, where she worked on public policy issues and impact litigation from 1999-2001.
Awards / Recognition
- Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
- Leaders in the Law Award from Michigan Lawyers’ Weekly (2018)
- Top 50 Business Lawyers in Michigan (Super Lawyers – 2018)
- Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan (Super Lawyers – 2019; 2020)
- Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan (Super Lawyers – 2013-2020)
- Crain’s Detroit Business & Hour Detroit – Top 50 Women Attorneys in Michigan, 2014-2020
- Super Lawyer, 2010-present
- “Michigan Rising Star,” Super Lawyers Michigan (2009)
- Jean King Leadership Award from Women Lawyers Ass’n of Michigan (2013)
- Mary Foster Award for leadership in the profession, Women Lawyers Assn’ of Michigan (Washtenaw County) (2011)
- Polikoff Gautreaux Fellowship (1999-2001) – Public Interest Fellowship with Chicago’s Business & Professional People for the Public Interest (“BPI”), a nationally prominent law and policy center
- The American Society of Legal Advocates – Top 100 Labor & Employment lawyers in Michigan (2018)
- Ann Dee Harper Memorial Award from the National Immigrant Justice Center, Chicago (1999)
- Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation
- Chair, Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of Michigan (2018/2019)
- Past President, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (Washtenaw County)
- Officer, Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of Michigan (2015 – present)
- Leadership Council for the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of Michigan (2013 – present)
- Advisor to Student Sexual Assault and Harassment Legal Advocacy Services (SAHLAS) — student group at University of Michigan Law School focused on Title IX advocacy
- Chair, Miami University Pre-Law Advisory Council member
- Past Board member of the Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan
- Personnel Committee for Safe House Center (Ann Arbor)
- Youth Soccer Coach (South Lyon Recreation Department)
- ACLU Cooperating Attorney
- ACLU Annual Dinner Committee (2014 & 2015)
Teaching / Speaking
Professor Salvatore frequently speaks and writes on employment law, Title IX and other legal issues, with recent topics including sex harassment decisions in the #MeToo era, the Americans with Disabilities Act; Family Responsibilities Discrimination; The Evolution of Sex and Gender Claims; Pregnancy Discrimination; Protecting Client Confidentiality in Litigation; and Issues Facing Low Income Workers. She has presented numerous times for the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, the State Bar of Michigan, the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the National Employment Lawyers Association, and other groups. She has also done trainings for institutional clients and has lectured at Miami University, the University of Michigan Law School, and in the trial advocacy program at the University of Chicago Law School.
Professor Salvatore is a member of the Bars of the states of Michigan and Illinois, the 6th and 7th Circuit Courts of Appeal, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the Northern District of Illinois.