Jennifer L. Rapa Esq.

Jennifer L. Rapa Esq.

Lehighton, Pennsylvania

Legal battles are won in the courtroom. I am an experienced litigator with thousands of hours spent arguing in front of judges. I have a proven record of success with a wide range of criminal matters, but most notably, full acquittals in homicide and sex offense trials.

I also have extensive experience representing clients with mental health disorders who have found themselves caught in the criminal system, and found them proper placement and treatment outside of incarceration. I have advocated for those facing involuntary commitments in state and local hospitals, and have successfully defended their best interests.

Furthermore, for those that struggle with crime due to addiction, I have great knowledge and relations with many inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities. I would be happy to refer you to one that would fit your needs and help to coordinate your admission.

Please also consider my assistance with your family law needs. The many areas of family law I focus on are: Divorce, Custody, Support, Protection from Abuse, Children & Youth investigations, and Contempt of Orders.

Lastly, allow me to help advocate on your behalf for the social security/disability income you are entitled to. Applying for benefits can be a long and intimidating process. I will assist you through the process and help you file your claim. If you are already in the appeals process, you will need a qualified litigator to help you win your claim. Please allow me to help you with all of your social security/disability needs.

Areas of Practice

  • 60% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Family
  • 20% Social Security Disability

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2008


  • Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - May, 2008
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science magna cum laude - May, 2003
    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Finance
    • Major: Economics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Monroe County Public Defender Office, Assistant Public Defender

Previous Names

  • Jennifer Bathon