Jason Dunkle

Representing Penn State students and alums facing criminal charges since 2004.

Educational Background & Experience

Jason attended the University Park Campus of Penn State and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science.  #WeAre.

After graduating from Penn State, Jason trekked to the western part of Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  At Pitt, Jason was awarded the merit-based Dean’s Scholarship that included a 50% tuition break.  In 2004, Jason received his Juris Doctor degree from Pitt Law with a 3.67  grade point average.

Jason passed the Pennsylvania Bar Exam on his first attempt and became a practicing lawyer in the fall of 2004.  Jason started his lawyer career as an associated attorney in a  State College criminal defense firm.  In 2012, Jason started his own firm, JD Law, P.C., in State College., and continued to represent Penn State students, alums, and friends that are charged with criminal offenses.

Professional Awards & Recognitions

Jason is the Vice President of the Middle District of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL).  The top criminal defense attorneys in Pennsylvania are members of PACDL.  Jason has been nominated as a Rising Star or a Super Lawyer every year since 2011, the longest continuous streak of any criminal defense attorney in Centre County.  The Rising Star designation is given to no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Pennsylvania who are under the age of 40 or who have been practicing law for less than 10 years.  After turning 40 and no longer eligible to be a Rising Star, Jason has since been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.  The national attorney rating service AVVO gives Jason a perfect 10.0 rating.

Community Service & Volunteer Work

Giving back to the community is also important to Jason.  As a father of three, Jason has been the assistant coach for soccer and T-ball.  He is a former Vice President and current board member of the Penns Valley Youth Center, an after school program that takes care of the needs of children, from counseling, food, and friendship.  Jason has been a guest speaker at various classes at Penn State, spoken to Greek organizations, and been invited to the Undergraduate Law Society.  Jason has previously participated in”Wills for Heroes.”

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Testimonial from one of our clients:

“I was so fortunate in an unfortunate circumstance to be represented by Jason. He was the highest level of response, professionalism and preparation I could have asked for, setting clear expectations for process and outcome. He is a valuable resource on current law and treats clients with attention and respect. Highly recommended.”