Jacqueline S. Peña


New York

(212) 453-3904

(212) 509-9492

Jacqueline S. Peña focuses her practice on complex and commercial litigation matters. She is a trial attorney and experienced litigator.  Jacqueline has successfully completed several jury and bench trials, all resulting in verdicts in favor of her clients. Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, Jacqueline worked at Travelers Insurance as counsel, where she focused on management and resolution of product liability, automobile liability, and commercial premises liability cases, which included analysis of additional insured and indemnification issues.  Jacqueline has also argued before the New Jersey Appellate Division. She served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Esther Suarez, J.S.C. for the 2013 – 2014 term. 

Jacqueline received her Bachelor of Arts from Boston University and received her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University.  While in law school, Jacqueline was a member of the Seton Hall Circuit Review and was President of the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA).  She was a founder of MetroLALSA (an organization comprising the thirteen New York and New Jersey metropolitan law schools), and a member of the Mock Trial Board, where she competed in three national mock trial competitions.  She also sat on two Student Bar Association committees.  Jacqueline was a judicial intern for the Honorable Esther Salas, U.S.D.J. in Newark, New Jersey and was selected for the Seton Hall Law Civil Litigation Clinic.

Jacqueline is Deputy Regional President of Region III – New Jersey of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and the National Chair-Elect of the HNBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD). In addition, Jacqueline serves on the executive board of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ) as the Membership Secretary.  In that capacity, she serves as a Vice-Chair of the American Dream Pipeline Mentorship Program at Passaic High School in Passaic, New Jersey, where she mentors inner-city youth. She also serves as a Chair of the HBA-NJ Women Empowerment Leadership and Law Annual Women’s Conference. She is a board member of Amigas, Inc., a New Jersey-based organization dedicated to the empowerment of women. She is fluent in Spanish. 



Super Lawyers Recognizes 21 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

September 29, 2020

Super Lawyers has named 21 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2020 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Pandemic Litigation Trends

September 16, 2020 - Webinar

Stories Behind the Attorneys: If We Did It, You Can Too

September 26, 2019 - New York City, NY

Intersectionality, Bias and the Practice of Law

February 14, 2019 - Newark, NJ


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2013
  • Boston University, B.A., 2005

Awards & Honors

2019 Recipient of the Hispanic National Bar Association Top Attorneys Under 40 Award.

2018 Recipient of the Annual Corazon of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Award, for her outstanding dedication and unwavering service to the organization. 

Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" 2021

New York Super Lawyer "Rising Star" 2020

  • New York
  • New Jersey

The Honorable Esther Suarez, J.S.C., The Superior Court of New Jersey, Passaic Vicinage, Family Division and Civil Division.

Hispanic National Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Executive Board, National Chair-Elect

Hispanic National Bar Association, Deputy Regional President, Region III (New Jersey)

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, Executive Board, Membership Secretary

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, Women’s Empowerment Leadership & Law Conference Chair

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, American Dream Pipeline Program, Passaic High School, Vice-Chair

Amigas, Inc., Founding Member and Chair of Scholarship Program