Jennifer Z. Belveal



Jennifer Belveal is a partner and trial lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Her practice is focused on white collar criminal defense and investigations, compliance and regulatory matters, as well as complex civil litigation. She has more than 20 years of experience representing companies, corporate boards, and individuals in high-stakes matters involving significant risk of liability and reputational damage. Clients trust her to lead internal investigations, responses to government inquiries and enforcement proceedings, crisis management, and bet-the-company litigation.

Jennifer is a highly recognized and experienced trial attorney. She has successfully handled more than 50 trials, arbitrations, and preliminary examinations. She is equally skilled in avoiding formal proceedings and criminal prosecutions, such that some of her most successful matters have never been publicly disclosed. Her civil practice focuses on contracts, commercial torts, real estate, fraud, and ownership disputes. In this work, she regularly provides strategic guidance to assist clients in leveraging their position both inside and outside of litigation.

Jennifer regularly advises clients regarding federal and state matters involving financial transactions, securities, health care, public corruption, environmental laws, government contracting, shareholder liability, and data privacy and security.

In addition, Jennifer has spent much of her career advising regarding ethics matters. She served as associate general counsel of a regional law firm for ten years, and currently serves as professional responsibility partner for Foley’s Detroit office.

Representative Experience

  • Represented multiple individuals and companies in criminal corruption investigations in Detroit and New Orleans, including principle witnesses, resulting in no charges
  • Represented government military contractor regarding false claims resulting in minimum civil penalty
  • Represented company in EPA criminal investigation resulting in no charges
  • Represented the audit committee of a global company regarding importation of fraudulent goods and violations of child labor laws
  • Represented multiple Japanese-based companies relating to FCPA investigations
  • Represented global supply company relating to potential anti-trust violation
  • Represented individual in federal tax and conspiracy charges, resulting in sentencing substantially below the Federal Guidelines
  • Represented doctor in federal criminal health care fraud case resulting in reduced charges and sentencing
  • Represented individual in state health care fraud complaint resulting in dismissal of billing-related charges following the preliminary examination
  • Represented hospital system in False Claims Act investigation and resolution
  • Represented automotive management employees in DOJ investigations and parallel state and civil proceedings
  • Created international compliance programs for automotive suppliers
  • Devised national asbestos strategy for an automotive manufacturer
  • Lead litigator for multi-million dollar portfolios of commercial real estate
  • Won substantial settlement in favor of a national client who was facing a multi-million dollar claim by a software vendor


Jennifer was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2018. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

Jennifer was named in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017-2018 lists for her work in commercial litigation, as well as DBusiness magazine’s 2010 and 2016-2018 lists of Top Lawyers, which draws nominations from over 21,000 attorneys. She was also selected for inclusion in the Michigan Super Lawyers 2016-2019 lists for her work in white collar criminal defense and investigations, and named in the inaugural list of Crain’s Detroit Women in the Law 2017, as well as being named among Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2016 Women in the Law. She was Peer Reviewed as AV®PreeminentTM, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.


Jennifer earned her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., magna cum laude) where she was a contributing editor to the University of Michigan Law Review and elected to Order of the Coif. She received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University (B.A., with honors).

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Jennifer is admitted to practice in Michigan as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan.

Jennifer is a member of the American Bar Association where she is vice chair of the Women in White Collar Subcommittee; the State Bar of Michigan, where she was co-chair of the Pro Bono Initiative of the Committee on Justice Initiatives; the Oakland County Bar Association where she served on the Executive Committee of the Inns of Court; the Federal Bar Association; the Michigan State Bar Foundation; and the Oakland County Bar Foundation. She also is the chair of the Detroit Chapter of the Women in White Collar Defense Association.

Community Engagement

Jennifer is very active in the community and currently serves on the board of trustees for the Detroit Public Television. She previously served on the board of directors for the Canton Community Foundation and Giving Hope Women’s Giving Circle.

Thought Leadership

Jennifer is a frequent speaker on matters relating to white collar crime and investigations, as well as business litigation, and regularly chairs and presents at seminars and panels.