Jennifer Serwach

Attorney at Hackney, Grover, Hoover & Bean

2014 | Troy, MI

University of Michigan-Flint | Journalism

“Taking negotiation and mediation also taught me to think in different ways and look for solutions to every problem. Being able to look beyond the case itself is an invaluable skill that has helped me immensely in the professional world.”

Jennifer Serwach’s work projects focus on insurance law, auto accident law, and premises liability cases for clients all over Michigan. “It's incredibly rewarding to work in a high-volume, fast-paced litigation firm,” she said. “Even though I am a recent graduate, I am trusted with important writing assignments and research tasks. There is always something going on and every case is exciting. I get to use the problem-solving skills on a regular basis to help real people earn the settlements they deserve.”

Jennifer strengthened her problem-solving skills by participating in a variety of MSU Law’s academic programs, including the Alvin L. Storrs Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, moot court competitions, and earned a certificate in civil mediation. These experiences taught her how to work with clients, build litigation skills, and explore alternative approaches to legal issues.

At the Tax Clinic, Jennifer dealt with a real caseload. “It was definitely a greater challenge than I expected to meet, but the simulated law firm setting of the legal clinics taught me how to handle cases in a safe and supervised environment,” she said.

Jennifer also competed on Family Law Moot Court Team. “It really gave me a chance to practice my litigation skills, and I appreciated that MSU Law gave opportunities to students who wanted to participate in different moot court competitions that catered to their interests,” she said.

Beyond caseloads and the courtroom, Jennifer pursued yet another legal field by earning a civil mediation certificate. “Considering that most cases are required to go to mediation or some form of case evaluation, having basic training in alternative dispute resolution is key,” she said.

When she explored outside the law school, Jennifer discovered that the school is in a great location with all of the amenities of Michigan State as well as the state government opportunities in Lansing. “It was easy to get around campus and find things to eat and do,” she said. “I didn't have a car the entire time I was in law school, and it was never an issue. The public transportation options were great, and I could go to my internship in Lansing and still make it back to class on time.”