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Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University, B.S.

Wake Forest Law School, Wake Forest University, J.D.

Jillian is known for her persuasive advocacy and her ability to deftly manage complicated and detailed probate matters.  A partner in the firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice, Jillian assists clients in all aspects of estates and trusts law.

Licensed in four states, Jillian concentrates her practice on planning for complex estates, gift and estate tax planning, business succession planning, multigenerational estate planning, estate administration, and estate litigation. She assists a wide range of clients with planning in the U.S. and Canada, and she assists Canadian clients with U.S. assets. As a trusted advisor, Jillian regularly counsels clients on a variety of matters, collaborating with other members of the firm to provide comprehensive legal advice.

A regular speaker on estates and trusts topics, Jillian also co-authors a monthly article, Death and Taxes, through the Bar Association of Erie County.  For clients, this means that Jillian is on top on the newest developments in tax, estate, and trust law.

In addition to Trusts & Estates, Jillian is also a member of the firm's Food and Beverage Practice. A graduate of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration with a concentration in Hospitality Law and Food and Beverage Management, Jillian has over 8 years' experience in Management and Consulting in the restaurant industry. She also has significant experience in the hotel industry, specifically in Food and Beverage Management, Banquet Management, and National Hotel Sales at the five star Four Seasons Hotels and Starwood Hotels. Jillian provides her Food and Beverage clients with a powerful combination of vast industry experience and significant labor law knowledge.

Jillian exclusively practices U.S. law and is admitted to practice in North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, and Florida.

Honors

  • Listed, North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars, (Estate Planning & Probate) 2014 - 2018
  • The Robinson O. Everette Award for Professionalism by the North Carolina Bar Association (2014)
  • Business North Carolina Tax/Estate Planning Legal Elite (2013)
  • The Charles F. Blanchard Young Lawyer of the Year Award (2012)
  • Co-Author, Death and Taxes, Bar Association of Erie County (2009-Present)
  • National Labor Relations Board Award 

Community & Pro Bono

  • Lecturer, Basics of Wills and Revocable Trust Drafting
  • Member, Estate Analysts of Western New York
  • Financial Advisor and Board Member, University of North Caroline Chapter of Alpha Phi 
  • North Carolina Department of Justice Hate Crime Advisory Board (2021-2022)
  • Board Member of the ACLU of North Carolina (2014-Present); President of the Board (2015-2016), National Board Representative (2018-2022), Secretary of the ACLU of North Carolina Foundation (Present)
  • Co-Chair, New Programs and CLE Committee, NCBA YLD (2009-2010)
  • Co-Chair, Elder Law Basics and Beyond Seminar, NCB (2009)
  • Chair, Elder Law Committee, Bar Association of Erie County (2011-2014)
  • Member, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Professional Advisor Council (2011-2012)
  • Co-Chair, Wills for Heroes Committee, NCBA YLD (2010-2013)
  • Member, Legislative Committee of NCBA Estate Planning Section (2010-Present)