About Jackie

I went to law school because I wanted a career that is both challenging and rewarding. Inspired by a practical family law course in my second year, I was fortunate to land a subsequent co-op position at Berner Klaw & Watson. After graduation, I gained invaluable experience as a civil litigator, but have chosen to return to the BKW family. I am licensed in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and can help with unique, tailored resolutions for your family law challenges.

Education

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Philadelphia, PA
J.D. 2020

University of Delaware
Newark, DE
B.A. in History, minor in Political Science 2010

Bar Admissions

United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

Work Experience / Internships

BKW Family Law LLC/Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
Philadelphia, PA 2019; 2022-Present

Attorney. Practice includes all aspects of family law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including adoption, alimony/APL, child support, custody, divorce, domestic violence, grandparent disputes, LGBTQ families, name changes, order modifications, parental relocation, paternity and spousal support.

Drexel Kline Cooperative Program Intern (Fall 2019). Researched case law to support firm attorneys in drafting briefs and memoranda for case proceedings; assisted with litigation support, including drafting discovery responses and filing court documents; accompanied firm attorneys during initial client consultations, throughout litigation and during mediations; observed all stages of proceedings in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey family courts.

Sweeney & Sheehan, PC
Westmont, NJ 2020-2021

Attorney. Successful in first appeal to the NJ Appellate Division to grant leave to appeal and to reverse a trial court order; managed workers’ compensation department and caseload of liability litigation; communicated with opposing counsel and reported to clients to advance litigation and reach settlements.

Graff & Associates, LLC
Jenkintown, PA 2020

Law Clerk. Drafted litigation documents including pleadings, petitions, discovery requests and settlement agreements; researched case law to support firm attorneys in active family law cases.

Law Offices of Douglas L. Dolfman, Esq.
Philadelphia, PA 2019

Certified Legal Intern. Researched, wrote and filed Amended Petitions for Post-Conviction Relief on behalf of court-appointed clients, and Finley letters when court-appointed clients did not qualify for PCRA relief. Met with clients, filed court documents, and observed and participated in Philadelphia and Montgomery County criminal court proceedings.

Honorable Lisa M. Rau
Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas
Philadelphia, PA 2018

Intern. Researched, summarized and advised Judge on Motions for Summary Judgment and Motions in Limine; interviewed jurors during voir dire and managed juries throughout trials; created court documents, performed court crier duties and observed all stages of major jury trials.

Jewish Federation
Philadelphia, PA 2014-2017

Senior Development Coordinator. Planned and executed fundraising events for up to 850 attendees and managed over 120 volunteers; administrated annual campaigns, including the creation of an efficient gift reporting dashboard to streamline solicitations, gift reporting and database tracking related to volunteer participation.

Phelan Hallinan, LP
Philadelphia, PA 2011-2013

Legal Assistant. Researched title review and title resolution claims, drafted assignment documents, coordinated service of  complaints and managed quality assurance casework to support office lawyers. Identified need and created training material to ensure compliance with best practices for case operations.

Bar Association Activities

Member, American Bar Association, Law Student Division

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section (current)

Member, New Jersey State Bar Association (current)

Member, Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division (current)

Member, Philadelphia LBGTQ Bar Association (current)

Member, Montgomery County, PA Bar Association

Member, Camden County, NJ Bar Association

Member, Mercer County, NJ Bar Association

Boards / Memberships / Community Service

Board Member, The Clay Studio (current)

Board Member, University of Delaware Alumni Club, Philadelphia Chapter (current)

Member, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law American Inn of Court (current)

Member, Justinian Society (current)

Member, Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance (current)

Volunteer Lawyer, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (current)

Volunteer Lawyer, Philadelphia Family Court Help Center (current)

Volunteer Escort, Philadelphia Women’s Clinic

Volunteer Legal Observer, National Lawyers Guild

Volunteer HelpLine Intern, Senior Law Center

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

  • President, Justinian Society
  • President, If/When/How
  • Member, Family Law Society

Awards

Joanne Ross Wilder Scholarship 2020 
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section Winter Meeting

Best Student Performance in Intro to Trial Advocacy 2020
CALI Excellence for the Future Award®

Rising Advocate Scholarship 2017-2020
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Best Brief, 20th Annual National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition 2019
Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law

Best Student Performance in Evidence 2019
CALI Excellence for the Future Award®