Jaclyn K. Ruocco is an associate with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Princeton and New York offices. Ms. Ruocco concentrates her practice in commercial litigation.
Ms. Ruocco began her career in New Jersey politics, where she quickly rose as one of the leading statewide political fundraisers. She served as finance director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee from June 2002 until May 2005. As such, Ms. Ruocco was a member of the Executive Committee of the party and worked in coordination with statewide and national democratic elected officials in raising over $15 million during her tenure there. In 2005, she switched gears and ran the operations of the gubernatorial campaign, where she worked with party leaders in providing logistical and financial support for statewide democratic candidates.
Ms. Ruocco received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers College in 2005, where she majored in political science with a minor in economics. She graduated, magna cum laude, from Seton Hall School of Law in May 2009, ranked sixth in her class. In her final year, Ms. Ruocco interned for the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals and for the Honorable Dennis Cavanaugh of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
During law school, Ms. Ruocco was Governor and Senate President Richard J. Codey’s fundraiser for both his candidate committee and the Senate Democratic Majority PAC. During this time, she was invited to speak on campaign finance at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Ruocco joined the team that led Jon Corzine’s gubernatorial Get-Out-the-Vote efforts through election day.
Ms. Ruocco joined Pepper Hamilton in 2010. Within her first year at the firm, Ms. Ruocco was selected by the Mercer County Bar Association to co-chair the Young Lawyers Committee and by the American Bar Association to serve as assistant editor for the Committee on Commercial and Business Litigation.
Ms. Ruocco is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.