Jodi J. Jaffe graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Brandeis University in 1987, where she played and and was also captain of the Women's Varsity Tennis team. Jodi received her J.D. from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, in 1990.
Immediately upon graduating from law school, Jodi followed her heart, and began her career representing people that could not afford a lawyer who were accused of crimes; she became an Assistant Public Defender for the Dade County Public Defender's office in Miami, Florida. In part, her relentlessness enabled her to get what she wanted for her clients, making her a successful trial attorney. Jodi is not afraid to take on "the system" and she will work tirelessly in the fight for her clients. This grit and determination sets Jodi apart from most other attorneys. She can write effectively and persuasively as well as talk on her feet to a judge and a jury.
Jodi's abilities and satisfaction achieved in representing individuals led Jodi to continue her career representing indigent clients accused of crimes in New York City. After three years in Miami, Jodi continued her career working for the Legal Aid Society for approximately ten more years. While an attorney with Legal Aid in Manhattan, a portion of Jodi's time was spend as a "trial trainer" for new attorneys. In addition to Jodi's trial skills, Jodi's respect, patience for and mindfulness of others' strengths and weaknesses made her particularly suitable for this position.
After Jodi left New York, she became associated with a statewide Florida civil litigation defense firm, where she gained invaluable civil litigation experience. In short order, Jodi was sent to the southeast coast of Florida where she opened and managed two offices for the firm, in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, and became a shareholder.
When you meet Jodi, you will realize that she is genuine; she won't hold back in telling you how she sees things. It is this quality that makes her uniquely capable as a litigator, persuading others through emphasis on the good facts while downplaying the bad ones, and which drives her passion. This, coupled with her hard-work, makes her a successful advocate. Jodi advocates for her clients tirelessly, making sure that she has an open line of communication with them, which ultimately puts them at ease during the legal process.
Jodi has focused her career entirely in litigation, fighting for her clients. Jodi has tried over 30 jury trials, conducted hundreds of depositions, and has continued to hone her litigation skills throughout her career. Over the last several years, Jodi's practice is almost exclusively focused on wage and hour litigation, litigating solely on behalf of workers.