Jill grew up in SE Portland, Oregon, and is a third-generation native Oregonian. She attended Portland State University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, graduating with high honors.
In 2002, she began law school at Lewis & Clark Law School. Throughout college and law school, Jill worked full time in the Portland legal community. She spent five years working at the Oregon Law Institute, where she supported Assistant Dean Elizabeth Stephens in organizing continuing legal education seminars for local professionals. This afforded Jill the opportunity to work with well-respected attorneys and judges and solidified her love of the law.
Jill spent her last year of law school clerking at the Department of Justice in the Family Law Section. She appeared in court on behalf of the State of Oregon in cases involving the termination of parental rights, child support enforcement, and mental health issues. This allowed Jill to gain a unique insight into the challenges faced by Oregon families in the family law arena.
Jill began her private practice in 2006, which has focused on helping families as they transition through a divorce, or as they modify their agreements post-divorce or post-separation. Jill’s passion is helping clients make good decisions as they reform their families, or as they make adjustments to prior agreements that support their children’s best interests. She is also passionate about protecting children and providing access to the legal system for women and minorities. Jill’s pro bono work as a court-appointed attorney for children in high conflict cases allows her to support families in yet another way.
In her spare time, Jill enjoys reading, cooking, drawing, and riding horses in Oregon’s many scenic wooded trails with her two young daughters (Ella and Shea) and her husband (Sean DuBois).