Mr. Hackett was born in Youngstown, Ohio on November 1, 1955. He is a graduate of Ursuline High School. He graduated cum laude from Youngstown State University and received his law degree from Ohio Northern University in 1984. He is a member of the Mahoning County, Trumbull County, Ohio State and American Bar Associations. Mr. Hackett practices in the area of workers' compensation law.