Jennifer A. Rymarski
Jennifer A. Rymarski is a 1989 graduate of Ware High School
After graduating from Ware High School, she attended Westfield State College n/k/a Westfield State University. One of her classes at Westfield State was Business Law. “I enjoyed this course immensely because it involved strategy, negotiation and argument.” The professor was a lawyer and after speaking with him and taking two of his courses, I became interested in the law.”
Jennifer went on to attend Elms College in the paralegal program and secured a job as a paralegal in Springfield. The first law firm Jennifer worked at had a variety of practices, and she was able to become well-versed in many aspects of the law. “When I saw what the lawyers were doing on a day to day basis, I was inspired to go to law school.” Jennifer continued to work as a paralegal, and attended Western New England College of Law during the evenings. She graduated in June, 2004. “It was a challenge, and required discipline, but well worth the work because on my first day of practice as a lawyer, I had an advantage over my peers that had not ever worked in the field.”
During law school, Jennifer did an internship at the Hampden County District Attorneys Office and the U.S. Attorneys Office. While criminal work was interesting, civil work and business law was better suited for Jennifer. From there, she moved onto Morrison Morrison, LLP (“MM”) as an associate lawyer. She was unanimously voted in as a partner at MM in October, 2014.
One of Jennifer’s favorite classes in high school was Humanities taught by Ms. O’Connell, as it set her on the road to thinking critically about society and culture. “I would also be remiss if I did not mention David Siegle, Julie Rabschnuk, the Higneys, Ms. Quinn, Mr. Robidoux and the many, many others at WHS who helped me become a well-rounded individual through their English, Math, Social Studies and Science courses.”
“Reading comprehension and writing are big parts of the legal profession, and writing persuasively is fundamental. Thinking critically about what you are reading, and then having to write on the subject, including independent thought and analysis, is what clients, judges, and other lawyers will look to in evaluating cases.”
Jennifer’s general business work requires consideration of math, economics, strategy and the ability to read and interpret contractual language. Her practice as a medical malpractice defense attorney (wherein she represents doctors, physicians, nurses and health care providers), provides her with the unique benefit of having a career within a career. “I can and have drawn on some of the anatomy and physiology I learned at WHS. Although I knew science (biology, chemistry) was not going to be my strong suit, I enjoyed anatomy and physiology so much that I could not bring myself to throw out my text book. I kept that book through college, several moves, and finally it has found its permanent place on a shelf in my office, where I still refer to it to this day.”
Since passing the bar in 2004, and being employed as a full-time lawyer, Jennifer returned to Elms College to teach in its paralegal program from 2005 to 2008, and has also volunteered at Western New England Law School for a variety of school-oriented programs. She currently lives in Springfield, and serves as a Board Member of The Children’s Study Home. She is a Member of the Massachusetts and Hampden County Bar Associations and is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
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