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About Jennifer Henszey

Jennifer hails from Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Cambridge. She was the first person in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree, and graduated in 2008 with honors from Virginia Tech. She majored in English, concentrating in Professional Writing, and received a minor in Leadership.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2018 and became the first lawyer in her family. During her time at UT, she balanced being a law student, as well as a Navy Reservist, and working as a law clerk. She was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, Women in Law, and she practiced as a student attorney for the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic. Upon licensing, Jennifer is eager to begin practicing Family Law, and has a passion for work in Juvenile Court, and adoptions. She is happy to call Knoxville, Tennessee home and she is ready to grow her practice here.

During her undergraduate experience, Jennifer received extensive leadership training in the Virginia Tech Naval R.O.T.C., and the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Additionally, she also played the Glockenspiel for four years in Virginia Tech’s award-winning military marching band, the Highty-Tighties, and sang in one of the University’s jazz bands, the Southern Colonels.

Upon graduation, Jennifer commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy. She spent nine years as a Surface Warfare Officer, traveling the world and achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. During her tours of duty, she was stationed in San Diego, California on what was the Navy’s newest amphibious warship, the USS GREEN BAY. As a “plank owner,” she was the ship’s first Deck division officer, Main Propulsion officer, and Command U.S. Citizenship coordinator. Jennifer was also selected to serve as the Surface Coordinator in Ulchi-Freedom Guardian in South Korea, one of the largest military command post exercises in the word. While stationed in Norfolk, Virginia she served as the Fire Control Officer and Ballistic Missile Defense Officer aboard a Destroyer warship, the USS MAHAN. She deployed while onboard the MAHAN and supported maritime security and antipiracy operations off the Horn of Africa and in the Mediterranean Sea. Her deployment also included NATO’s Operation Unified Protector during the Libyan Civil War to protect civilians and reduce the flow of arms to Libya during a 72-hour counterterrorism surge. Jennifer also completed a tour of duty at the United States Fleet Forces Command as an Action Officer in the Navy’s Antiterrorism office. During that time, she also served as the Navy’s Defense Critical Infrastructure Protection Officer and implemented the Navy’s first Critical Asset Identification Process. During her Reserves tour, Jennifer served as an inspector for the Secretary of the Navy’s and Chief of Naval Operation’s Board of Inspection and Survey, traveling worldwide to evaluate Navy ship’s readiness to conduct combat operations at sea. Jennifer is a two-time awardee of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and a Navy Commendation Medal.

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