Jennifer Knudson’s phone is ringing off the hook.
The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has raised many questions for employers, and Knudson, an attorney at Neider & Boucher SC, Madison, is there to answer.
“Lots of business owners have questions,” she said, “but mostly about whether they need to still offer insurance to employees or that the insurance they offered in the past isn’t going to cut it anymore. People are just really trying to figure it out.”
Knudson focuses on corporate, employment and health law. After graduating law school, she worked for a Milwaukee health insurer and later moved to the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she worked as in-house counsel.
But when her husband, who was attending medical school at the University of Wisconsin, decided to work in Madison, Knudson decided splitting the difference and living halfway between both cities would not work.
“I was fortunate Neider & Boucher had an opening in health law and corporate law,” she said.
Now Knudson helps answer ACA questions for other attorneys at the firm, as well.
“It’s definitely been busier,” Knudson, who scaled her practice back to three days a week four years ago following the birth of her daughter, said. “As the law rolls out, I don’t expect it to slow down. People just want to know what they’re supposed to be doing.”
Wisconsin Law Journal: What was your least-favorite class in law school?
Jennifer Knudson: Trial Advocacy. It was in this class that I discovered that I had no desire to litigate and transactional law would be a much better fit for my skill set and personality.
WLJ: What advice would you give a lawyer just starting out?
Knudson: Law school just gives you the basics. You really learn to be a lawyer through on-the-job training. Get a mentor because they can be invaluable to your career.
WLJ: What song gets heavy rotation on your iPod?
Knudson: ‘Raven’ by Jewel. It’s part of my daughter’s lullaby rotation.
WLJ: Is there an app you can’t live without?
Knudson: Amazon. As a busy mom, I use Amazon to accomplish shopping that I cannot easily do with a child in tow. This is particularly handy during the Christmas season.
WLJ: What living person would you most like to have drinks with?
Knudson: Tory Miller – the chef from L’Etoile in Madison. I am sure the drinks would be fabulous. I would be interested in hearing a success story of a local business.
WLJ: What is your favorite thing to do in Wisconsin?
Knudson: Go to Door County
WLJ: What is your most prized possession?
Knudson: My passport. I love to travel.