Overview

Jill is a trial lawyer with extensive experience representing clients in matters related to commercial contracts, product liability, sanction proceedings, litigation management, toxic tort, class actions, bankruptcy litigation, RICO and antitrust. She has significant experience representing clients in the automotive industry, and has defended and managed the occupant safety product liability litigation throughout the U.S. for a leading global automotive system supplier. She also served as national coordinating counsel for a client in defense of trailer product liability suits.

Her diverse experience includes asbestos multidistrict litigation, criminal defense and grand jury work. Jill has successfully handled numerous bench and jury trials and appeals in state and federal courts and participated in many arbitration and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

She served on the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) and is a chairperson of the CMBA’s Judicial Selection Committee. She is also a former chair and active member of the CMBA’s Certified Grievance Committee. Jill serves on the executive committee and is a member of the Judicial Candidate’s Rating Coalition (JCRC), and a Master Bencher in the John M. Manos American Inn of Court.

Education

  • Boston College  (J.D., cum laude, 1982)
  • Tufts University  (B.A., magna cum laude, 1979)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Associations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Judicial Selection Committee, Chairperson; Grievance Committee, Executive Committee
  • Judicial Candidate’s Rating Coalition (JCRC)
  • American Inn of Courts, Judge John M. Manos, Master Bencher

Honors & Awards

  • YWCA Greater Cleveland, Women of Professional Excellence Award, 2016

Community

  • Supreme Court of Ohio, Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program, Mentor
  • ORT America - Northeast Ohio Region, Trustee and Treasurer