Jennifer Jeffers is an associate in the firm's Environment and Energy Group. Ms. Jeffers counsels domestic and international clients on land use, environmental and regulatory matters in a number of sectors, including natural resources, renewable energy, water, climate change, healthcare and real property development. She represents clients in federal and state court and before federal and state regulatory agencies in matters involving the state and federal Endangered Species Acts, the National Environmental Policy Act, the California Environmental Quality Act and other environmental statutes, including evolving California regulations related to climate change. Ms. Jeffers also advises clients on compliance with state and local agency regulations regarding commercial, mixed-use and renewable energy project development and permitting, including zoning, land use and environmental compliance. Ms. Jeffers is serving as the co-chair for the American Bar Association’s Cleantech and Climate Change Committee.
Prior to law school, Ms. Jeffers managed Conservation International’s Regional Marine Strategies program in Washington, D.C., where she provided marine biodiversity management strategies to regional staff, local and national governments and public institutions in 11 countries worldwide. Ms. Jeffers assisted in developing site-specific and large-scale planning strategies for conservation programs, including the implementation of formal agreements for marine protected area creation, management and enforcement.
Ms. Jeffers graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a J.D. and Certificate of Environmental Law from the School of Law (Boalt Hall) and a M.S. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management. While in law school, she served as an executive editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly, a research assistant for the Law of the Sea Institute and a graduate student instructor for an international environmental politics course. Ms. Jeffers was awarded the Prosser Prize for scholastic excellence in Ocean Law and Policy and the Ellis J. Harmon Prize for best legal writing in environmental law and policy.
Before joining Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Jeffers was an intern at the Environment, Land and Natural Resources Section of the California Attorney General’s Office and a law clerk for a boutique land use and natural resources law firm in San Francisco.
- Board Member, TransForm
- Co-chair, American Bar Association, Cleantech and Climate Change Committee
- Advisory Board Member, NewCourse
- Advisory Board Member, Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment
- Member, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
- Member, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas