Overview

Jill represents employers in a wide variety of employment-related claims and focuses her practice on defending against employee-initiated disputes. She has experience with lawsuits and administrative proceedings involving:

  • Discrimination/harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Workers' compensation retaliation
  • Common law wrongful discharge
  • Workplace safety
  • Contract breach
  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Equal Pay in Employment Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Act

In addition to Jill’s litigation background, she advises managers on policies and employment decisions to avoid disputes. Jill has represented employers large and small, including in manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, retail, and financial services. From her years working in hospitality, Jill understands that, no matter the client, the key to a successful relationship is listening and providing tailored solutions to meet the client’s objectives and protect their businesses.

Jill is a native of Nashville and a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. Prior to deciding on employment law as her path, Jill clerked for the Hon. Judge R. Leon Jordan and the Hon. Thomas W. Phillips in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. While she calls Asheville home these days, she has practiced in state and federal courts throughout the Southeast and is licensed in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

About Me

When Jill is not busy in the office, you can find her running, hiking, or paddleboarding with her partner, Tony, and rescue dog extraordinaire, Petey Pablo. At home, Jill is usually teaching herself to cook and dreaming up home renovation projects (both with occasional success).

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • "COVID-19’s Litigation Aftermath: Preparing for the Coming Wave of Legal Claims," Webinar, September 2020
  • "The Aftermath of COVID-19," Association of Corporate Counsel South Carolina, Quarterly Newsletter, September 2020
  • "COVID-19 FAQs," Webinar, April 2020
  • "Ban the Box is Here. So when can Employers Consider Criminal Convictions in Hiring?," Association of Corporate Counsel South Carolina, Quarterly Newsletter, March 2020
  • "Breaking up is Hard to Do: Managing Challenges that Arise when the Employment Relationship Ends," Association of Corporate Counsel, Carolinas Chapter Winter Meeting, February 2020
  • "The Aftermath of COVID-19," Association of Corporate Counsel South Carolina, Quarterly Newsletter, September 2020
  • “The only time I set the bar low is for limbo.” 
    Michael Scott

Practice Emphasis

  • Federal and state employment litigation
  • Defense of NLRB and EEOC Charges
  • Employment Policy Compliance and Advice
  • Harassment Investigations and Defense
  • Employment Law Training

Education

University of Tennessee College of Law

  • J.D., magna cum laude, 2013

Watkins College

B.F.A.2008

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2013 
  • Georgia, 2016
  • North Carolina, 2019
  • South Carolina, 2019
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
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