Gerald J. Hager

Gerald J. Hager

Office:Wilmington, DE
Phone:(302) 888-1112

Gerald Hager is an associate in our Wimington office.  Jerry has been first chair in dozens of jury trials in Delaware’s trial courts and has written briefs for the Delaware Supreme Court. Along with trials, Gerald has extensive experience in all aspects of an insurance defense case, from motions for summary judgment to writing Delaware Supreme Court briefs.

Jerry has defended motorists in negligence lawsuits, companies sued in slip and fall cases, and large construction defect cases.  He has been involved in negotiating hundreds of settlements for insurance carriers, including mediations and arbitrations handled through the Delaware courts or through private arbitration companies. He has also written coverage opinions for clients involving issues of Delaware insurance law.

Jerry also has a criminal practice, defending people accused of such diverse matters as driving under the influence charges to drug conspiracies and white collar cases.

Jerry is a member of the Delaware Supreme Court’s Board on Professional Responsibility, the arm of the state Supreme Court that conducts hearings on attorney discipline matters, issuing written recommendations that are considered by the Supreme Court.

Jerry is a member of the Supreme Court’s Bar, Bench and Media committee, a committed that hears issues involving media coverage of the Delaware Courts, and is a past member of the Delaware Bar Association’s nominating committed, the committee that nominates officers for the state bar association.

Jerry was an award-winning newspaper reporter before becoming a lawyer. He worked for the News Journal Co. in Wilmington, DE as an investigative reporter where he covered crime and courts.


  • Widener University School of Law (J.D.)
  • St. Joseph’s University (B.A. History)

Bar Admissions:

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court, District of Delaware

Professional Affiliations:

  • Delaware Bar Association
  • Member of the Professional Review Committee of the Delaware Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Counsel
  • Guardian ad Litem, Delaware Supreme Court’s Office of Child Advocate

Representative Matters:

  • In Jackson v. Hopkins Trucking Company, Gerald won a personal injury case against a trucking company brought by a longshoreman employed by the Port of Wilmington by having the case dismissed on summary judgment.
  • In Green v. Oekos Managemen, Gerald persuaded a court to lift a default judgment against a management firm that had inadvertently ignored service of a lawsuit.
  • In Izzard v. Pharmpro , Gerald has a personal injury lawsuit dismissed against a temporary pharmacist agency accused of overdosing an elderly woman with a blood thinner.
  • In Spencer v. Onix Group, Gerald persuaded a Court to dismiss a wrongful death case against a nursing home.