Jacquelyn Jordon Core, JD, PhD

Jacquelyn Jordon Core is a Founding Partner at Jordon Voytek. Jacquelyn focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, specializing in bringing sophisticated buy-side and sell-side transactions and unique deal structures to the middle market. The product of an entrepreneurial family, she also loves assisting small business owners to close closely held transactions. 

With extensive contracts experience, Jacquelyn also works as fractional in-house counsel, drafting and reviewing contracts, advising business stakeholders, and assisting clients with labor and employment matters. Jacquelyn represents clients, ranging from family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies, in a broad spectrum of matters, including transactional matters, reorganizations, private equity deals, and contractual restructurings and reviews.

Jacquelyn’s experience as a seasoned litigator with substantial, successful, courtroom experience provides an added benefit to her corporate clients in contract disputes and risk assessments. This experience allows her to craft deals and contracts to best protect clients against often unforeseen liabilities and from a risk mitigation perspective while creating possibility for owners and executives.

Jacquelyn has extensive C-suite experience, most recently serving as a CEO. With this experience, she provides a value-added benefit to her clients from the insight she derives from applying a real-world, business operations perspective to practical, strategic legal advice. This strategic approach allows her to keep operational impacts as considerations at the forefront and to advise clients on post-closing integration matters in buy-side transactions. Additionally, on the sell side, she brings a deep understanding of markets to sellers, having completed doctoral-level studies in economic development.

Jacquelyn earned her BA in Political Science in 1995 from West Virginia University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, where she was inducted into the inaugural class of the Order of Augusta, celebrating the top seven graduates university-wide.  She earned her J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law in 1998 where she was inducted into the Order of the Barristers, awarded best oral advocate in the Baker Cup, and served on the National Moot Court team. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in Human/Economic Geography, also summa cum laude, from West Virginia University in 2010. 

Jacquelyn is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  She has handled mergers and acquisitions nationally and internationally.

She is active in her community and serves on a number of boards and committees including the Advisory Board of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.  She is the President of the P. Pendleton Kennedy Chapter of Trout Unlimited and serves on the West Virginia State Council of Trout Unlimited.  She served as the national Course Director for the Boy Scouts of America executive leadership course at Philmont Scout Ranch, hosting the largest national course to date.  She also served on the National Health and Safety Committee, the National Venturing Committee, and the National Fishing Committee for the BSA.  She was awarded the Celtic Cross which is the highest award for scouting in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.  She is a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church where she has served as an Elder and on the Session.

Jacquelyn is a member of the Duquesne Club.  She is also a member of the Pennsylvania Society, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Jacquelyn is the proud mother of two sons who are Eagle Scouts and accomplished division 1 distance runners at the University of North Carolina Asheville. When not serving her clients or watching her sons run, she can be found fly-fishing or hiking the Appalachian Trail.