Jennifer M. Oertel

Jennifer M. Oertel is a partner with Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., and the coordinator of the firm's Not-for-Profit Practice Group where she represents large family foundations, public charities and social enterprise funds located across the nation. Jennifer is also a member of the Privacy and Datasecurity Practice Group. She also works in the areas of corporate law and finance, in which she has had over 16 years of experience in representing start-up and emerging growth companies as well as large public companies advising on matters of general corporate law, public and private offerings, securities regulations, and mergers and acquisitions.  She also has experience in business consulting to franchisors. 

Ms. Oertel holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University. She earned her Bachelor's degree with highest honors from the Michigan State University Honors College and is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law where she earned several awards for academic excellence.

In 2012, Ms. Oertel was one of only two Superlawyers in Michigan with a focus in nonprofit law. In 2011, she was voted Volunteer Lawyer of the Year by Michigan Community Resources (formerly, Community Legal Resources)

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Massachusetts

Published Works

  • "Advanced Business Issues: Acquisitions of LLC's," Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2002)
  • "DO THIS:NOT THAT, Avoiding Pitfalls in Nonprofit Practice" Michigan Business Law Journal, feature, 2012
  • "Sophisticated Issues in Entertainment Law: Raising the Money," Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2002)
  • "Is Manure Hazardous?" Michigan Farm News

Honors & Awards

  • dBusiness Top Lawyers 2016
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law 2015
  • Michigan Super Lawyer 2012
  • Community Legal Resources Volunteer Lawyer of the Year
  • Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Delta—Member
  • National Congressional Scholar
  • Super Lawyers magazine Michigan Rising Star 2011

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Nonprofit Corporations Committee, Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan - Co-Chair
  • State Bar of Michigan—Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association—Member
  • Business Bar Association Nonprofit Organizations Subcommittee—Member
  • Boston Bar Association Task Force on Professional Challenges—Former Member


  • Child Safe Michigan, Board Member, Executive Committee Member
  • Shepherd of the Lakes - Genesis Outreach Ministry Steering Committee