Jillian Estes joined James, Hoyer Newcomer & Smiljanich in September 2008 with a passion for helping the underprivileged and disabled, and advocating for “the little guy.” She is an associate with the qui tam/ whistleblower division of the firm.
Prior to joining James Hoyer, she interned with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Probate Division in Gainesville, FL. She also served as a law clerk with Moody, Salzman & Lash in Gainesville. Jillian’s career in advocacy started in the International Division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, where she worked in case management from 2004-2005. As a result of that work, Jillian is an active volunteer for the U.S. Department of State’s Attorney Network, taking pro bono cases representing parents whose children were abducted into or are being wrongfully retained in the United States.
Jillian graduated cum laude from the University of Florida College of Law in 2008. Prior to law school, she completed her undergraduate work at the University of Florida, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Criminology. Jillian is a member of the Florida Bar. In 2012, Jillian was awarded with the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Young Lawyer award for her efforts representing a father in Denmark to return his young daughter who was being wrongfully retained in the United States.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and most of all, spending time with her young son. Jillian also loves hiking, climbing and any outdoor activities, and has completed the swimming leg for triathlon relay teams several times. Jillian lives in Tampa with her husband, also an attorney with James Hoyer, their son, and their two big old rescue dogs.