Jennifer Rakstad is a certified career coach through the Hudson Institute of Coaching and International Coach Federation (Professional Certified Coach/PCC). Jennifer coaches lawyers on a wide variety of topics, including career planning and management, leadership and business development, work/life integration and transitions to/from leave. Jennifer leads several of Mayer Brown’s career development initiatives, and she leads a group coaching program for senior associates that focuses on career development strategies and the creation of business plans. Jennifer also oversees the new associate integration program, the First Year “Fast Track” series, and delivers professional development programming on a variety of topics including career planning, time management, drafting effective self evaluations, and professionalism “101.”  Jennifer is a active member of the firm’s Committee on Professional Advancement, Women’s Leadership Committee, and Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to transitioning to her current role, Jennifer practiced in Mayer Brown’s Litigation group for several years and clerked for the Honorable Jaime Pieras, Jr. of the District of Puerto Rico.

Spoken Languages

  • English


New York University School of Law, JD
Executive Articles Editor, Annual Survey of American Law

Augustana College, BA, summa cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa


  • Illinois


  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Midwest Regional Representative
  • Professional Development Consortium
  • Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, Board Member