Honorable Judge Jennifer D. Towell
Jennifer D. Towell Biography
Jennifer D. Towell started her legal career serving in the United States Navy as a JAGC Lieutenant in the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard Naval Legal Services Office where she represented Sailors and Marines in Courts-Martial and administrative due process hearings across the Northeastern Region of the United States. While serving as a JAGC officer, Jennifer was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and a Navy Pistol Sharpshooter Ribbon.
Jennifer also worked as the Director of E-Discovery affairs for Applied Discovery, a division of LexisNexis. In this role, she developed regional strategic initiatives in order to maximize corporate, law firm and government organization partnerships and industry relationships across the United States.
Prior to joining Applied Discovery, she was an attorney with Brouse McDowell in Akron, Ohio where she specialized in litigation at the trial and appellate level focusing on complex litigation, insurance recovery actions, product liability actions, and class action defense.
Jennifer was worked as a Magistrate from 2019-2022 at the Akron Municipal Court where she presided over eviction hearings, small claims hearings, escrow, show cause orders, mandatory orders, garnishments, and revivor hearings. Towell also presided over criminal arraignments and traffic court. She serves as an Advisory Board member of the Connect Program with Judge Ron Cable, which is geared toward individuals with autism, Down syndrome, communication disorders, and other developmental disabilities. The program is designed to help support individuals with developmental disabilities who run afoul of the law. She provided trainings on Landlord-Tenant Law in Ohio, was an active participant in “Have Gavel, Will Travel” and presented to Girl Scout Troops.
Towell started and has served as the Akron Area Buddy Up Tennis (a high energy, adaptive tennis program for individuals with Down syndrome) Coordinator for the past seven years. Towell was recently elected to the St. Hilary School Board for a three-year term. She is a member of the 2021-2022 Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellows Class. She also served on the Board of Trustees of Victory Gallop for two terms. She has served as the Parents’ Association President of St. Hilary and created a Special Needs PTA Committee for the Revere Local School District. She has volunteered with several community organizations including the Akron Art Museum, The Junior League of Akron, where she received the President’s Award, The Northeast Ohio Down Syndrome Association (formerly the Up Side of Downs), and United Disability Services.
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science from Miami University of Ohio, cum laude, and received her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law where her academic honors included: Law Journal, Moot Court, Public Service Fellow, Judicial Externship as well as studying abroad at The University of Oxford-Ohio State University Comparative Law program. She is admitted to practice in Colorado, Ohio and before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio.
Jennifer and her husband have three children.
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