Jillian Estes joined James, Hoyer Newcomer & Smiljanich in 2008 with a passion for helping the underprivileged and advocating for “the little guy.” She began in the Consumer Class Action division where she helped initiate a series of class action cases against for-profit higher education institutions related to deceptive marketing practices.
Jillian is now a partner in the firm’s False Claims Act qui tam division. She was lead counsel on a qui tam case involving Medicaid payments to a hospital in violation of the Stark Statute and led the briefing team for James Hoyer’s victory representing the sole relator in the $192 million Endo Pharmaceutical off-label settlement, in addition to working on many other healthcare, pharmaceutical, and defense contracting qui tam cases.
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. In 2012, Jillian was awarded with the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Young Lawyer award for her efforts in representing a father in Denmark to secure the return of his young daughter who was being wrongfully retained in the United States. In 2014, Jillian also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Department of State in recognition of her efforts as a member of the Hague Convention Attorney Network.
Jillian graduated cum laude from the University of Florida Levin 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. During law school, Jillian helped found the Law School Mentoring Project to provide more than 150 mentors to a local underprivileged charter school, was the Student Works Editor for the Journal of Law and Public Policy, while earning a certificate in Estates and Trusts. Jillian also interned with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Probate Division in Gainesville, FL and served as a law clerk with Moody, Salzman & Lash in Gainesville.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and most of all, spending time with her two young children. Jillian also loves hiking, climbing, and any outdoor activities. She has completed the swimming leg for several triathlon relay teams. Jillian lives in Tampa with her husband Sean, also a partner with James Hoyer, their children, and their big old rescue dog.
Play the video below to hear Jillian describe her experience and philosophy in handling whistleblower cases.