Jennifer B. Hagedorn


Bowles Rice LLP
Southpointe Town Center
1800 Main Street, Suite 200
Canonsburg, PA 15317

Tel: (724) 514-8940


Jennifer Hagedorn leads the Bowles Rice Labor and Employment team.  She focuses her practice in representing businesses in all aspects of employment and workplace issues. She works with her employer clients to provide comprehensive preventative services to minimize potential risk of litigation.  She also works with business clients to develop creative, thoughtful defense strategies for times when litigation cannot be avoided.

She routinely counsels businesses, such as banks, hospitals and other health care providers, manufacturing clients, energy clients, and other various entities of all sizes on ways to properly handle human resources issues, potential disciplinary situations, leaves of absence matters, separations and various employee complaints.  Jennifer also assists her clients in conducting workplace investigations and creating employment policies and handbooks tailored to the particular industry of her client.  Jennifer’s representation of business clients in such matters has involved many appearances at administrative hearings, depositions and related litigation filings.

Jennifer has also represented her clients in litigation matters at a state and federal level including wrongful termination claims, discrimination claims, including harassment and sexual harassment, retaliation claims, breach of contract claims, and invasion of privacy claims. Jennifer has also successfully defended businesses in claims brought before administrative agencies, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor, as well as various state administrative agencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of West Virginia.

Jennifer also serves as general counsel to small businesses, advising clients on all aspects of the law and other business matters, including employment related matters, contract negotiation and drafting, real estate transactions, and statutory and regulatory compliance.

Our team of attorneys is experienced in every aspect of labor and employment law – advice and counseling; litigation; administrative proceedings; benefit plan design, training and compliance; investigations; audits; and more.  The employers we represent span a variety of industries –  manufacturing; health care; higher education; banking and financial services; energy and natural resources; food services; transportation; retail; information technology; construction; government contractors; hospitality and entertainment; state and local government entities; and non-profits, to name a few.  Our clients range from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

For more information on the firm’s Labor & Employment practice, click here.

Bowles Rice is a professional service organization, contributing to the success of our clients and the vitality of our communities through advocacy, counsel, leadership and service.

Our firm was founded in Charleston, West Virginia, in 1920 by three lawyers engaged in the general practice of law.  Through success, expansion and merger, we have grown to become a full-service law firm with 110 attorneys serving clients in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia – and throughout the nation – from seven strategically located, regional offices.

We are committed to quality and professionalism in all that we do.  Our firm has earned the highest AV peer-review ranking from Martindale-Hubbell, long considered the authoritative resource on the legal profession.

In the 2020 edition of its Best Law Firms publication, US News & World Report recognizes Bowles Rice nationally and regionally in over 40 different areas of law.  Chambers and Partners, a well-respected global peer-ranking organization, lists Bowles Rice among its “Top Ranked” law firms, and noted in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA“They are excellent and I enjoy working with them.”  The 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© includes 44 Bowles Rice attorneys. And Benchmark Litigation, which publishes a definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, has recognized Bowles Rice as its “West Virginia Law Firm of the Year” for four consecutive years (2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020).