Bethany Swaton Wagner is an Associate in the Pittsburgh office of Jackson Lewis LLP. Ms. Wagner focuses her practice on representing employers in employment-related litigation before administrative agencies and courts on the state and federal levels, as well as counseling clients on issues of compliance and litigation avoidance and drafting employment handbooks and other policies for implementation.
Ms. Wagner is also a member of the firm’s Collegiate and Professional Sports Industry Group. She has extensive experience in the collegiate and professional sports world. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, she worked for the Pittsburgh Pirates, CBS Broadcasting, Inc., and The Ohio State University Athletic Compliance Office. Ms. Wagner represents and counsels universities and sports organizations, in general, on a broad array of legal areas. Specifically, she counsels universities on issues involving Title IX compliance and conducts training for management-level employees of the university on Title IX.& She also represents and provides guidance to colleges and universities facing potential athletics bylaw violations.
Ms. Wagner authored "Girls Can Play, Too: Has the Lack of Female Leadership in NCAA Athletics Become an Afterthought?" which was published in the Seton Hall University School of Law Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law. This article was reprinted in a condensed version as a chapter in the textbook, Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor, Gender, and Race in 21st Century Sports Law. She also authored “Money Madness: Student-Athlete Aid Increase Sparks Criticism,” which is featured in the November-December 2011 edition of the Journal of NCAA Compliance. Additionally, she co-authored the article “New NCAA Rule Puts Premium on Head Coaches’ Accountability,” that appeared in the SportsBusiness Journal (January 7, 2013, page 23).
Ms. Wagner received her B.S. in Sport Management, summa cum laude, from West Virginia University and her J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
- Ohio County Bar Association, Board Member and Secretary, 2011 to present
- Women in Sports and Events (WISE) – Pittsburgh chapter, Board Member and Secretary, 2010 to present
- National Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Board Member, 2009 to present
- Named Super Lawyers "Pennsylvania Rising Stars" – 2013