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Meet  |  Jennifer N. McDonough, Esq.  |

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Practice Areas

Estate Planning



University of Maryland, College Park (2004), M.A.

Duquesne University School of Law (2009), J.D.


Admissions & Certifications

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (2004)

Jen's practice focuses on estate planning, with an emphasis on foundational planning for young professional couples. She has extensive experience working on mineral rights and energy law matters, including complex contract review during her legal career, serving as in-house counsel to a Fortune 500 company and practicing in boutique law practices prior to joining Cressman Erde Ferguson in 2022. She brings a friendly and down-to-earth approach to estate planning for individuals and families. 

Jennifer is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in the United States District Court for the Western District of PA. Her legal career has largely centered around compliance and contract analysis and negotiations—with an emphasis on real estate and energy. 


Jen earned her Master’s degree in Education at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2004, and her Juris Doctor at Duquesne University in 2009. Before she became an attorney, she worked as a high school special education teacher.


Since moving to Meadville, Jen has served as an Academic Support Specialist in the Office of Disabilities at Allegheny College and sat on the board of directors for the Meadville Neighborhood Center, Meadville Children’s Center, Autism Society of Northwest Pennsylvania, and has served an appointment on Meadville’s Planning and Zoning Commission. When she isn’t working, Jen enjoys spending time with her wife, daughter, and fur babies, and loves to tackle DIY home projects.


As an Army Brat, Jen has roots all over the world, which sparked a lifelong love for travel. Jen moved to Meadville from Pittsburgh in 2012 and lives with her wife Beth, daughter Mia, and two yellow labs.

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