Jacqueline A. Koscelnik

Of Counsel

(412) 227-3110

[email protected]

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Jackie's work focuses primarily on employment and business-related matters, including employment discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, and union contract matters.

Jackie represents a variety of employers, including manufacturing and industrial companies, television stations, hospitals, and universities, in both federal and state courts as well as before government agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the National Labor Relations Board, and numerous state and local human rights commissions.

Jackie’s practice includes advice on affirmative action, union avoidance, reasonable accommodation, hiring practices, personal services contracts, employee discipline and termination issues, and on compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. She drafts comprehensive employee handbooks, human resources guidelines, and affirmative action plans. She has been invited by employers on numerous occasions to speak to groups of employees and/or supervisors on topics ranging from union avoidance to sexual harassment.

In 1994, Jackie joined Walter DeForest in founding DeForest & Koscelnik, now DeForest Koscelnik & Berardinelli. Jackie began her legal career as an Associate with Reed Smith Shaw & McClay.

Duquesne Law School (J.D., 1990) Graduated first in class

Allegheny College (B.S., Biology)

University of Rochester (B.S., Nursing)


West Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Selected as Best Lawyers' 2014 Pittsburgh Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law – Management

Recognized by Best Lawyers for over 20 years in Labor and Employment Law

Received highest rating (AV® Preeminent™) in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating Process

Served on Editorial Review Board of the monthly newsletter The Pennsylvania Labor Letter

Taught Legal Research and Writing as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Duquesne University School of Law

Provides a day of extensive employment law education every year to senior level broadcast managers enrolled in the Broadcast Leadership Training program sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation