Chris Hager, the principal attorney at Hager Law, LLC, focuses on representing people in employment law disputes. Located in Morristown, New Jersey, he represents people who have been victims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, which includes whistleblowers. Chris has been involved in and tried to juries cases that under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, Conscientious Employee Protection (whistleblower) Act, and other statutes including the Americans with Disabilities Act. His successes for employment clients include a $15 million jury verdict for a tenured public school special education teacher with multiple sclerosis that was forced to resign (which was vacated by the trial judge and then settled before retrial), a $1.87 million jury verdict and award for a victim of disability discrimination, $2 million settlement during a jury trial on behalf of a visually disabled public school nurse, and several multi-million dollar settlements for victims of discrimination including age and disability.
Chris also has a serious personal injury practice and has represented clients who have been permanently harmed by the negligence of other parties. Some of his client successes include a verdict in excess of $7 million on behalf of a young doctor permanently injured by negligence in a Port Authority PATH station (which was reversed on appeal and then settled with another victory on retrial), and more than $7 million on behalf of family members who were catastrophically injured in an SUV rollover (which was reduced by the trial judge to almost $5.2 million and upheld on appeal).
Chris is certified in civil trial law by the Board on Attorney Certification, which was established in 1980 by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He is a graduate of Montclair State University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in 1990. He attended law school at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 1994. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey. He is also admitted to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 3rd Circuits and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
New Jersey State Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association Cannabis Law Comittee
New Jersey Association for Justice
Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
New Jersey Supreme Court certified civil trial attorney