Jacquie Ager’s practice focuses primarily on employment matters and the defense of professional liability matters; she also handles complex commercial litigation. She enjoys working through complicated issues to get clients the resolution they need, providing quality work as well as a caring attitude. Clients embroiled in litigation often feel personally affected by the case, so Jacquie cultivates a close, collaborative relationship with them, offering reassurance as well as strategic advice to resolve pending issues and help prevent future problems.
Jacquie has taken cases from the administrative level, through state and federal courts, up to the Pennsylvania Superior Court and won, but some of her greatest accomplishments in both the professional liability and employment arenas are keeping clients out of court, minimizing potential losses by using the appropriate ADR modalities and resolving the matters early through settlement, mediation, and/or arbitration. She also routinely offers strategic advice and training to companies and managers on how to handle hiring, firing, and discipline of employees to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations. Her clients feel comfortable giving her a call any time to ask about a potential employment issue—and even that simple phone call can help them prevent what might have been protracted litigation.
Washington College of Law at American University, J.D., cum laude, 1995
Ursinus College, B.S., 1992
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Jacquie is secretary and a volunteer board member of the Sunshine Foundation, a nationwide nonprofit organization whose mission is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged, and abused children, and serves on the annual Run Walk Bark for Dreams subcommittee. Jacquie also enjoys supporting her son and daughter on their various school baseball, softball, basketball and soccer teams. She serves as a coach for her daughter’s softball team and team manager for her daughter’s soccer team. Fun fact: Prior to law school, Jacquie was a pre-med student, with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry. She did a biology summer internship with a prominent local plaintiffs’ firm, performing all their scientific and medical research, and became hooked on having a legal career.
Philadelphia Bar Association
Pennsylvania Association of Defense Counsel
Jacquie is a frequent guest speaker at Ursinus College and the Philadelphia High School for Girls on the interaction of science, medicine, and the law.
“Employment Litigation Matters Affecting Companies Today,” The Greater Philadelphia Executive Claims Council (GPECC) 2016 Spring Half-Day Seminar, March 18, 2016.
Lunch and Learn, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (spoke to emergency nurses and physicians on the importance of proper note taking in medical records and how it can relate to legal matters), April 2015.