Jake Marcus is a lawyer, writer and conference speaker. Through her private practice in Philadelphia at Cipolla Associates, LLC, she serves clients nationwide with a concentration in small businesses, intellectual property, commercial litigation, employment and criminal law. Her work has also focused on gender and sexual orientation, particularly breastfeeding, mothering, sexual abuse and domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and gay/lesbian/transgender issues. She is also Chairperson of the Jenkintown (PA) Human Relations Commission.
Marcus’ served as Litigation Coordinator for the Women Against Abuse Legal Center in Philadelphia, and on Planned Parenthood’s trial team in its challenge to the constitutionality of the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and was a member of the Legal Advisory Council to La Leche League International. She began her career as a Litigation Associate at Pepper, Hamilton.
Her writing has appeared in Mothering, Life Learning, LEAVEN, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Vegetarian Baby and Child, and on ePregnancy.com and VegFamily.com.
Marcus also speaks at conferences and on television and radio as an expert on the legal aspects of breastfeeding, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, abortion, reproductive rights and technologies, and HIV/AIDS. She was producer, writer, and host of SPEAK! and of Kept Quiet, two television programs focusing on gender issues and political activism.
A 1988 graduate of Temple University School of Law where she was Research Editor of the Temple Law Review, Marcus attended Bennington College and has a B.A. in Philosophy as well as a Certificate in Editing from Temple University.
A New York City native, she currently lives with her family outside Philadelphia, where she homeschools her two sons. Her homeschooled daughter is now in college.