Ms. Hager earned her law degree at The College of William and Mary in 1984, and practiced with federally-funded legal services organizations in Ohio and Kentucky before moving to Wilmington in 1990. After practicing law with Alex Hall for five years, she established her own firm, and for the past several years has limited her practice to divorce, custody, and other family law matters. She is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission to conduct family financial mediation conferences, and since 2011 has served as a Parenting Coordinator by court appointment. Ms. Hager has successfully represented gay or lesbian parents in custody and other family law matters, as well as LGBT persons seeking to protect their family relationships or negotiate a fair end to their relationships.
Ms. Hager served on the Board of Directors of Domestic Violence Shelter and Services from 1990 to 1998. She is an Elder serving on the Session at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, where she enjoys singing in the choir. She is a longtime member of North Carolina Gay Advocacy Legal Alliance (www.ncgala.org), More Light Presbyterians (www.mlp.org), and other organizations which advocate for marriage equality and full acceptance of LGBT persons, and for many years has been a volunteer cooperating attorney with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund (www.lambdalegal.org). For more information, visit www.hagerlawoffice.com.