I was born and raised just south Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the town of Brownsville. This is the heart of Western Pennsylvania Coal County. That is where and why I developed a strong work ethic. After graduating from Bethlehem Center High School, I went to the University of Pittsburgh.
When I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh I went to the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to graduating from law school, I worked as a Legislative Assistant to The Honorable Frank Mascara, a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, for the Southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, in his Washington, DC office.
I advised Mr. Mascara on legislation pertaining to insurance, banking, agriculture, and Constitutional Law. Mr. Mascara’s office was well regarded for helping constituents cut through bureaucratic red tape. This is commonly known as casework. I am very proud to say that I helped with more than my fair share of casework, for example, I coordinated the Community Oriented Police (COPs) funding for the many communities in Mr. Mascara's district, I helped bring federal disaster aid the district after disasters, and assisted various business constituents seeking federal aid.
After leaving Mr. Mascara’s office, I worked for a well-respected healthcare receivables management company pursuing wrongfully denied and delayed claims for acute care hospitals nationwide. I managed a team of up to ten people and my teams consistently collected on more accounts and collected more money than any other team in the company. I also worked in the company’s legal department where only the most complicated, highest balanced claims were sent. Typically, the claims worked by the legal department had already been through the lower level departments and were not resolved to the client’s satisfaction. Often the claims were well over $100,000.00.
After seven years of working for someone else, I decided it was time to set out on my own. The Law Office of John A. Jackson, P.C. was born. At first, I confined my practice to helping hospitals with problem insurance claims but in 2006 I decided to take the South Carolina Bar Exam so that I could open my practice to my new friends and neighbors here in the Low Country.