Jennifer has an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in Microbiology with an graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1997. She entered law school in 1997 on academic scholarship at Arizona State University and graduated from ASU law in 1999 in the top 25% of her class. While in law school Jennifer volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for four children in foster care and had the opportunity to do an independent study working with the Department of Justice on prisoner civil rights and fourth amendment illegal seizures case. Jennifer won the Justice Tang writing competition in 1998.
Jennifer worked as an Assistant Attorney General for five years representing the Arizona Department of Economic Security in juvenile court cases involving dependency, severance and guardianship matters. During that time she conducted numerous trials. She also worked in the policy and training unit for the ADES drafting policies and training dozens of new attorneys representing Child Protective Services in litigation.
Jennifer worked for the Arizona Center for Disability Law in several areas. She was co-counsel on the class action lawsuit Jason K. v. Eden traveling to all corners of Arizona representing families in obtaining mental health services. She represented families in eligibility hearings against the Division of Developmental Disability and Arizona Long Term Care. She assisted families with obtaining special education services and eligibility for Individual Education Plans. Jennifer oversaw the Traumatic Brain Injury Program designing educational materials on healthcare appeals, conducting presentations on obtaining healthcare services, and representing families in denials by their health insurer.
Jennifer represented the Maricopa County Public Fiduciary in court cases involving adult guardianship and conservatorships. For the Maricopa County Public Fiduciary she handled cases in which the Public Fiduciary served as Guardian and Conservator for the incapacitated adult.
Jennifer served on the Board of the Arizona Brain Injury Association and on the Elder Law and Mental Health Council of the State Bar of Arizona. She is a currently a member of the Arizona State Bar Juvenile, Family and Probate and Trust Sections. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and their Family Law Section. Once in private practice she began donating her time to the Volunteer Lawyers Program representing victims of domestic violence in child custody actions, and Will For Heroes. She is currently on the board of Raising Special Kids and she actively supports Duet, Jews With Special Needs, and the Autisum Society of Greater Phoenix. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Maricopa County Bar Family Law Section.
In 2002 Jennifer’s family was struck by an impaired, uninsured driver and her two children badly injured. The family believed they would covered and well cared for since they had health insurance and auto insurance above the minimum required coverage. The impaired at-fault driver was unlicensed and uninsured. Therefore, the only available settlement money to cover her children’s co-pays for the children’s extensive rehabilitation would come from Jennifer’s uninsured auto coverage. The hospital placed a lien against the children’s settlement to collect their “usual and customary” rate an amount above the contract rate they would normally receive from health insurance. At the time this was allowed by a statute the legislature had passed and upheld by the Appeals court in 2001, Andrews v. Samaritan Hospital case. Jennifer successfully worked with the state Representative Deb Gullet and Senator Jim Weirs to change that the Arizona law to prevent hospitals and health care providers from taking the uninsured or underinsured settlement proceeds from responsible citizens who paid their insurance premiums to protect their family. The children have recovered and are doing very well.
In 2009 Jennifer re-married into a large Polish family taking the name Kupiszewski, pronounced, “koop-ee-shef-ski”. Together she and her husband have five kids and one dog, the firm mascot, Max.
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