Jessica Ragno Sprague
Jessica Ragno Sprague is a Partner with the firm in the Family and Matrimonial practice group.
Jessica is a Certified Matrimonial Attorney, as authorized by the New Jersey Supreme Court, and is an expert in family law-related matters. She has dedicated the majority of her career to serving clients in all aspects of divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, the division of assets, domestic violence, prenuptial agreements, military divorces, complex litigation such as UCCJEA, grandparent’s rights, and high net worth matters, and all related issues. She has extensive litigation experience, having tried many cases in Northern and Central New Jersey, including matrimonial trials, custody trials, relocation trials, and domestic violence trials. In addition, Jessica has a substantial appellate practice. She was the prevailing attorney in the published Appellate Division decision of L.C. v. M.A.J., 451 N.J. 408 (App. Div. 2017) as well as prevailing in many unpublished decisions. Jessica also handles guardianship matters, having been appointed in the Probate Part to represent alleged incapacitated individuals and as temporary guardian. She uniquely understands that interplay for divorced families with Special Needs children, and has litigated multiple cases to assist in the transition wherein Special Needs children have reached the age of majority and in divorced family circumstances. Jessica has also been appointed by the Court in other Family matters to serve in the capacity of Guardian ad Litem and Receiver.
Jessica graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, College at Florham, with a B.A. in Psychology in 2003, and her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University Law School in 2006. While in law school, she was a research assistant for New Jersey State Senator Robert Martin, and she spent a semester representing indigent clients in their Family Law Clinic. Upon graduating from law school, she had the honor to clerk for the late Honorable John E. Selser in Passaic County in the Family Division.
Jessica was the 100th President of the Passaic County Bar Association from 2019 through 2020. She is the co-chair of the Family Law Section and the co-chair of the Early Settlement Panel Committee, as well as panelist, in Passaic County. Along with the other members of the committee and the Honorable Rudolph Filko, P.J.F.P., she spear-headed a low bono program to help assist with the lengthy backlog of matrimonial motions and said program continues to assist litigants today. Along with her co-chair, she is currently working to establish a program for unmarried couples in the Passaic Family Court to alleviate the long delays that litigants are experiencing due to the pandemic. In 2021, she received the Professional Lawyer of the Year award for Passaic County from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism.
At the State level, Jessica is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, including the Family Law Section. She is currently a member of the Family Law Executive Committee. She previously served a number of years on the General Council. At both the State and local level, Jessica has been a speaker and moderator at a number of continuing legal education classes.
Jessica was previously appointed by the Supreme Court to serve a term on the District XI Fee Arbitration Committee and a term on the District XI Ethics Committee. She is currently serving a term on the Committee on Character.
Prior to engaging in the private practice of law, Scott worked for Judge Eric N. Vitaliano, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York, as well as Judge Philip S. Straniere, New York City Civil Court. Scott also worked for the Richmond County District Attorney as well as for the Honorable Michael E. McMahon (NY-13) in the United States House of Representatives. He earned his Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University School of Law where he served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts in History (with honors) from Franklin and Marshall College.
She is also General Counsel for the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization. She had previously served a three-year term as an elected member of the County Committee for that organization as well.
In addition to her dedication to the legal profession, Jessica actively volunteers within her community. She was president of her son’s elementary school’s PTA after having served as the By-Laws and Procedures Chair. She was the co-chair of their annual Pocketbook Bingo and Tricky Tray from 2016 through 2019. She was also the chair of the By-Laws Committee for the West Milford Junior Football Association and has been a Team Mom in the program.
Jessica resides in Passaic County with her husband and her two sons.