Weisensell, Mastrantonio & Orlando, LLP.

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • First Amendment law
  • Defamation
  • Civil rights litigation
  • Local government law
  • Eminent domain
  • Employment matters for employees
  • Personal injury


Jacquenette S. Corgan joined Weisensell, Mastrantonio & Orlando, LLP, in June 2023 after serving 5½ years as half of the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office’s Appellate Division. 

Before representing the State of Ohio in defending against criminal appeals, writs, and motions for various forms of postconviction relief, and representing Summit County Children Services in appeals from child abuse, dependency, and neglect actions, Corgan was a solo practitioner who focused on appellate advocacy, civil rights litigation (including First Amendment matters), employee-side employment matters, and general civil litigation.  

At Weisensell, Mastrantonio & Orlando, LLP Corgan resumes practicing in those areas of law. 

After graduating with honors from the University of Akron School of Law in 2000, Corgan became an Attorney Editor for West Publishing in Cleveland, where she edited major portions of the Baldwin’s Ohio Practice series of treatises. She left West in early 2002 to become an Associate with the plaintiff’s-side boutique employment firm of Thompson & Bishop in Akron, and in 2005 became an Associate in The Law Office of Warner Mendenhall, Inc. Corgan began practicing on her own in the fall of 2009. 

She has been licensed in Ohio since 2000. Corgan has also been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern districts of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is a member of the Akron Bar Association; the Charles F. Scanlon-Judge Samuel H. Bell Inn of Court; the Summit County Association for Justice; and American Mensa. 

The law is Corgan’s second career. For nearly 10 years, Corgan was a daily newspaper reporter and editor, serving as a staff writer for the Buffalo News, the Medina County Gazette, and the Warren Tribune Chronicle before becoming a masthead-level editor at the New Philadelphia Times-Reporter. She is a writer’s writer, and won the Ohio Newspaper Women’s Association award for feature writing in the Times-Reporter’s circulation class in 1995. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Communication from the University of Akron and a Master of Arts in Journalism from Kent State University. She has also taught newswriting at the University of Akron and Walsh University, and media law at Walsh University and Kent State. 

She is married to and practices with fellow Akron attorney William H. Corgan III.


  • University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio
    • J.D. - 2000
    • Honors: National Association of Woman Lawyers Award
    • Honors: Trial Team
    • Honors: Phi Alpha Delta
  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
    • M.A. - 1990
    • Honors: 4.0 GPA
  • University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1987
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2009
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2008


  • President (2022-2024), and Secretary (2020-2022), Scanlon-Bell Inn of Court
  • Akron Bar Association, Section Chair of the Year, 2012 (Labor & Employment Section)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star 2005

Representative Cases

  • Douglas Prade v. Ohio, U.S. Supreme Court Case No. 2019-230 – Wrote Ohio’s successful Brief in Opposition to Petition for Writ of Certiorari. The Court decided not to review Mr. Prade’s murder case
  • State v. Juba Ali, Ohio Supreme Court Case No. 2022-0099, 2023-Ohio-690 – after hearing oral argument, the Court upheld Mr. Ali’s rape conviction by deciding it should not have accepted his case
  • State v. Gustave Sapharas, 9th District Summit No. 29916, 2022-Ohio-1157. Sapharas stood accused of two cold-case murders that happened in the early 1970s. After a Summit County Common Pleas Court decision would have kept prosecutors from using evidence of Sapharas’ attacks on seven other women, Corgan successfully appealed. The oral argument is online. After winning this appeal, prosecutors used the evidence in Sapharas’ trial, and a Summit County jury convicted Sapharas in both of the cold-case slayings. He is serving a life sentence.

Professional Associations

  • Akron Bar Association, Member, 2001
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member, 1999
  • Charles F. Scanlon Inn of Court, Barrister, 2008 to 2010
  • Summit County Association for Justice, 2006

Past Positions

  • Thompson & Bishop, Attorney at Law, 2002 to 2005
  • Thomson West Publishing, Attorney Editor , 2000 to 2002


  • English

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta