Jennifer L. Thompson Child Protection Attorney
JLT is Jennifer L. Thompson. Jennifer, a child protection attorney has represented individuals and county agencies in child protection since 2014. She also volunteered as a guardian ad litem and was trained in Ramsey and Hennepin Counties in the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) role. Jennifer has extensive training in all facets of child protection, including trauma-informed advocacy, Cornerhouse forensic interviewing, Appellate Practice, and Advanced Trial Advocacy.
Jennifer is a member of the Children’s Justice Initiative in several Minnesota counties, past Chair and member of the Children & the Law Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and a former member of the Warren E. Burger, Inn of Court. Jennifer is a trained family mediator and a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children. She is Minnesota’s first and only current candidate for the American Bar Association’s Child Welfare Law Specialist certification.
Among many other topics, Jennifer has trained on the following subjects important to families: Parental Alienation, Removal and Reunification, Working with Parents with Disabilities, Seeing Juveniles with Justice, the Family First Prevention Services Act, Juvenile Delinquency, Truancy, the 4th Amendment, Appeals of Determination of Maltreatment, Title IV-E (Foster Care), DHS Disqualification, Kids and Wellness, Police Reform, Rural Access to Justice, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Jennifer has also moderated or taught continuing legal education classes, including “The Destructive Symbiosis between Child Protection, Juvenile Corrections, and Mental Health,” and a webinar on vicarious trauma for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. Jennifer was featured on the cover of the April 2021 Bench & Bar magazine with her article, “Competent but Compromised: Representing clients on the spectrum between mental health and mental illness.”
When not advocating for other families, Jennifer enjoys time with her own family – fishing, gardening, and cooking at their home in central Minnesota.
JLT Law & Mediation’s mission is to provide family-centered advocacy at all stages of life.
Should unique challenges like child protection or guardianship cross a family’s path, JLT Law & Mediation is ready to guide and defend the integrity of that family to mitigate the effects of those challenges.
When it comes time to plan for the next generation, JLT’s experience and empathy guides families through estate planning, providing guidance in writing wills, healthcare and durable powers of attorney, probate, and litigation if necessary.
Through it all, JLT Law & Mediation advocates for what matters most to you and to your future.
Minnesota Child Protection Lawyer
Whether your children have been removed from your home, you or your facility are under investigation by DHS or social services, or you are seeking to intervene in the child protection case of someone you care about, having an experienced CHIPS and family attorney like JLT on your team can change your case dramatically.
Don’t leave your relationship with your child in the hands of someone who is “dabbling” in a new practice area. Call JLT at (952) 252-8619 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation and get an honest assessment of your case before the timelines expire.