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Jacqueline S. Peña

Jacqueline S. Peña

Senior Counsel

Jacqueline Peña defends business entities in complex product liability and commercial liability litigation.

Jacky has defended clients in complex, high-exposure and catastrophic injury cases, including auto and premises liability and property damage claims, including claims brought under New York’s Scaffold Law, as well as toxic tort matters involving exposure to lead. She handled all stages of litigation from inception through trial preparation, jury selection and appeal. 

Jacky has first-chaired three jury trials and four bench trials and has argued before the New Jersey Appellate Division and the New York Appellate Division. Her experience includes representing insurance, trucking, and construction companies as well as commercial property owners and others.

Outside the office, Jacky enjoys mentoring young people through the American Dream Pipeline Mentorship Program of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and is a board member of Amigas, Inc., a New Jersey-based organization dedicated to the empowerment of women.

Jacky is fluent in Spanish.


Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2014
  • New York, 2016


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2013

    Civil Litigation Clinic, Education Reform

    Seton Hall Circuit Review

    Mock Trial Board

    Latin American Law Students Association, Co-President

    Metro-LALSA, Founding Member

    Student Bar Association, Graduation Committee, Appointments & Hiring Committee

  • Boston University, B.A., 2005
    Major: International Relations

Professional Associations

    • Hispanic National Bar Association
      —Young Lawyers Division Executive Board, Past Chair
    • —Regional President, Region III
    • Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
      —Executive Board, Recording Secretary
      —Women’s Empowerment Leadership & Law Conference Chair
      —American Dream Pipeline Program, Passaic High School, Vice-Chair
    • Amigas, Inc.
      —Founding Member and Scholarship Program Chair
    • New Jersey State Bar Association


    • Lawyers of Color
      —Wonderful Women List, 2023
    • ROI New Jersey
      —Influencers in the Law List, 2024
    • Best Lawyers
    • —Ones to Watch, 2021
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —New Jersey Rising Stars, 2021 – 2022 
    • Hispanic National Bar Association
      —Top Lawyers Under 40 Award, 2019
    • Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
      —Corazon del (Heart of the) Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Award, 2018


  • Spanish

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • "Trailblazers: Increasing the Latina Presence Across Practices and Industries," Moderator, Women's Empowerment Leadership & Law Conference - Hispanic Bar Association, April 2022
  • "Pathways to the In-House Counsel Role," Moderator, Hispanic National Bar Association Webinar, November 2020
  • "Litigation Issues in the Age of COVID-19, Product Liability," Panelist, Webinar, September 2020
  • "Stories Behind the Attorneys: If We Did It, You Can Too," Panelist, Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention - Youth Symposium, September 2019
  • "Inaugural LALSA La Raza Graduation Ceremony," Speaker, Seton Hall Law School, May 2019
  • "Intersectionality, Bias and the Practice of Law," Panelist, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, February 2019
  • "Are You In: Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility," Panelist, October 2018
  • "Why Law School May Be the Right Choice for You and How to Get There," Panelist, Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention - Youth Symposium, September 2018
  • "Mentor Roundtable," Panelist, August 2018
  • "The Flexibility of your J.D.," Panelist, Seton Hall Law School, February 2017
  • "Civil Litigation Issues: The Mode of Operation Doctrine," Panelist, Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C., November 2016
  • "Product Liability: Overview, Presentation to Claims Professionals," Presenter, May 2016
  • "How to be a Successful Trial Attorney," Moderator, Women’s Empowerment Leadership & Law Conference, May 2016


  • Clerk, Honorable Esther Suarez, Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey