Our unique approach to law firm leadership calls for a special kind of leader. On August 1, 2014, Jennifer Ries-Buntain continued that tradition and became the new Managing Partner for HPS. Jennifer’s mission is to use communication and collaboration to advance the firm’s distinct business model - one that redefines success by putting clients first and recognizing the parallels of being a good human and a good lawyer.
Jennifer strives to humanize the practice of law. This means recognizing and cultivating diverse strengths, honest and consistent communication across all channels and developing deep relationships to see it through. As Jennifer explains, “This leadership role provides a platform to give our clients, our team at HPS, and our communities a way to determine, and be at, their best. I am most excited to see how collaboration can drive change in our profession without sacrificing high impact results.”
As Eric Schoonveld, the firm’s former Managing Partner explains, “She cares deeply about the organization and that is what is so exciting about handing off the Managing Partner role to Jen because at the end of the day she cares deeply about the firm and so the decisions she makes are going to be based on that.”
Jennifer’s practice reflects the national scope of HPS with deep client relationships and extensive trial experience in Cook County while also ably serving hospitals throughout Utah and in numerous other jurisdictions. Jennifer’s trial experience led to her election to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2011.
In addition to trying cases, Jennifer's interests include skiing, tennis, travel, college football, volunteer work, book club, and hiking with her family (husband, Jonathan, CEO of a technology company, two sons, and their sheepdog).