Jennifer A. Thompson

Jennifer A. Thompson

Edina, Minnesota

Focused Practice

Jennifer’s law practice involves assisting clients on bidding, contracting, and claims prosecution for both public and private projects. Jennifer has extensive experience representing homeowners and homeowner associations with construction issues, including defects, payment disputes, and contract review, drafting and negotiation.
Jennifer’s work involves advising and counseling clients on both transactional matters (including negotiating and drafting of multiple types of agreements) and litigation. Jennifer has handled numerous matters through all phases of litigation and arbitration. This experience has also provided her invaluable insight for the real estate and construction drafting and negotiation work that she performs.

Smart, Clear Counsel

Jennifer’s practice also involves representation of non-profit and homeowner associations in their litigation, corporate, and business matters. Through this work, she has extensive experience in, among other things, communicating complex legal issues to non-lawyers, providing training and education to boards of directors, and assisting clients in creating and implementing policies and regulations.

Leader in the Industry

Beyond her law practice, Jennifer is committed to leadership. She is presently serving as the Secretary of the Minnesota State Bar Association and previously served as the Chair of the organization's Construction Law Section. She was a selected participant for the inaugural year of the Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) Leadership Project: A Core Development Program for Women Attorneys, and she participated in two follow-up years of MWL leadership training. She was appointed by former Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak as an Attorney Commissioner to the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission. In that position, Jennifer served a term as the Vice Chair. Jennifer’s involvement on the Commission afforded her the opportunity to meld her work in government contracting and construction law with work on civil rights matters alike.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Litigation
  • Contract Drafting
  • Homeowner Associations
  • Real Estate Disclosures

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota


  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • Juris Doctor - 2003
    • Honors: Dean’s List (multiple semesters)
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Bachelor of Arts cum laude - December, 1999
    • Major: History and Political Science


  • From Law School to Law Practice, MSBA, 2018 Tech Conference, October 19, 2018
  • The Unique Challenges of Homeowner's Associations, Minnesota CLE, Litigating Construction Defects Claims Seminar, May 9, 2018
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor, 2006 - 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Minnesota Rising Stars® List, Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine and Mpls. St. Paul Magazine (2007-2012), (2014-2017)
  • The Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota® list, Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, 2015, 2017
  • The Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota® list, Twin Cities Business Magazine, 2013
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Leadership Project: A Core Development Program for Women Attorneys, Participant (2010-2011)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Secretary (2018-present); Councilmember/Assembly Representative (2016-present); Chair, Membership Committee (2017-2018); Assembly Representative (2015-present); Operations Committee (2016-2018); Bylaws Committee (2016-2018); Strategic Planning Oversight Committee (2017-2018); Technology Committee (2017-2018); Elections/Appointments Committee (2015-2016); Early Bar Examination Committee (2016-2017)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Chair (2015-2016); Officer (2012-2014); Council Member (2010-Present)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member
  • Association of Women Contractors, Legal Advisor (2012-Present)
  • Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission, Attorney Commissioner (2011-2012); Vice Chair of Commission (2012); Contract Compliance Committee
  • National Association of Women in Construction, Chapter 164, Membership Director (2009-2010)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, Children's Law Center of Minnesota, 2016 - Present