As the principal attorney at Hager Law, LLC in Morristown, New Jersey, Chris Hager is a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney specializing in civil rights law, employment discrimination and personal injury cases.
Chris has successfully built his reputation by securing numerous six-figure and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements while passionately protecting the rights and interests of everyday people for almost a quarter-century. He has been involved in and tried to juries cases 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 one of a small percentage of civil rights trial attorneys to have been awarded the distinguished title of New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil trial Attorney after having been selected, approved and 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. Chris is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is also admitted to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Owned and operated by Christopher W. Hager, Esq., Hager Law, LLC is a solo practitioner law firm in Morristown, NJ that specializes in representing people who have suffered from discrimination, harassment, retaliation (including whistleblowers), and personal injuries caused by the negligent, reckless, and often intentional conduct of others. Hager Law, LLC is dedicated to providing people like you with the individual attention, customized care, and personal commitment that you deserve, and so you can continue on with your important life. With more than a quarter-century of experience holding corporations, employers and other parties accountable for their wrongful actions, attorney Christopher W. Hager will proudly and forcefully represent strong people like you who have made the difficult decision to stand up and fight for your rights, and to travel together on your personal path to justice.
The Supreme Court describes the importance and distinction of a certified civil trial attorney as follows: The Board on Attorney Certification was established by the Supreme Court of New Jersey in 1980 for the purpose of helping consumers find attorneys who have a recognized level of competence in particular fields of law. Attorneys may be designated by the Supreme Court as "certified attorneys" if they: are able to demonstrate sufficient levels of experience, education, knowledge and skill in a specific area of law or practice; have passed a rigorous examination; and have been recognized by their peers as having sufficient skills and reputation in the designated specialty. The Supreme Court, through recommendation by the Board, certifies attorneys in five areas: civil trial law, criminal trial law, matrimonial law, municipal court law, and workers' compensation law. An attorney must meet the following requirements to become certified:
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