Jennifer Garrison is the President of Jennifer Garrison, LLC, a law firm representing landowners and mineral owners in oil and gas matters in Southeast Ohio and West Virginia. Garrison created and represents the Southeastern Ohio Landowners Association (SEOLA), a not for profit organization of oil and gas mineral owners whose objective is to collectively negotiate the leasing of its oil and gas minerals to achieve the best financial and land protection lease terms possible. Garrison has negotiated 14 large lease deals on approximately 100,000 acres in Guernsey, Monroe, Noble and Washington Counties, Ohio resulting in over $300,000,000 being distributed to SEOLA's landowner-mineral owner members.
In 2012, the New York Times featured SEOLA and its landowner friendly, environmentally conscientious regulatory lease. See NY Times Article.
Garrison also represents the Wirt County Group, Inc. (WCG), a not for profit landowner-mineral owner group organized in Wirt, Ritchie, Wood, Roane and Calhoun counties, West Virginia. The objective of the WCG is the same as SEOLA, to collectively bargain the oil and gas mineral rights of its members, to achieve the best financial and land protection lease terms possible.
Jennifer Garrison is licensed to practice law in Ohio (1987), West Virginia (1991), and Pennsylvania (1989) and is a Member of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, West Virginia Bar Association, Marietta Chamber of Commerce, and Ohio Farm Bureau.
In November, 2004, Garrison was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives for the 93rd District, representing all of Noble, Monroe, and Guernsey counties and parts of Washington and Muskingum counties and served 6 years. In her time as a Representative, Garrison was dedicated to improving education, promoting energy independence, and creating jobs in Ohio.
In 2009, her peers honored her by electing her Majority Floor Leader. She sat on the Public Utilities and Energy Committee, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Finance and Appropriations Committee and the Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, and the Elections and Ethics Committee.
When a state mental health hospital closed in her district, she partnered with state and local officials to land another employer and replace the 130 jobs that would have been lost. When the school construction formula threatened to harm a school in her district - and one already plagued by aging buildings - Rep. Garrison passed legislation to build new schools and put hundreds of construction trades back to work. When Ohio faced the prospects of soaring electric bills, she helped lead efforts to pass a comprehensive new energy law that guaranteed affordable and reliable power to residential and business customers.
Jennifer Garrison earned a bachelors degree in economics and business administration from Xavier University in 1984 and a law degree from Catholic University Law School in Washington D.C. in 1987. After completing a judicial clerkship in Philadelphia, she moved to Marietta in 1990 joining the law firm of McCauley, Webster and Emrick, becoming a partner in 1993. Three years later she opened her own private law practice.