Jill Reese was raised in Carmel, Indiana, and attended Carmel High School where she enjoyed participating in performing arts and studying abroad in Krefeld, Germany. Thereafter, Jill attended Indiana University in Bloomington, obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (German) in 1991. As part of her studies, Jill spent a year studying at the Universitaet Hamburg. Jill worked for three years as a German-translating flight attendant on international routes for United Airlines before returning to law school.
She attended Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington from 1994-97 where she was involved as an associate on the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies as well as a member of the Pace Environmental Moot Court Team. She obtained her J.D. in 1997 and was admitted to the Indiana bar later that year. Jill worked mainly in the area of medical malpractice defense for the law firm of Eichhorn & Eichhorn in Hammond, Indiana for a year before joining Sommer & Barnard, PC in Indianapolis where she mainly engaged in commercial litigation and employment law.
Jill took a long sabbatical from the practice of law to raise her children and dedicated part of this time to support the Carmel Education Foundation for which she served as President from 2010-11. She returned to the practice of law by joining Wagner Reese, LLP in 2014 and focuses her practice once again on medical malpractice.
For Jill, it's all about the details. She closely reviews everything possible, including medical records, medical literature, related lawsuits, and web research, with a fine-toothed comb to ensure she has left no stone unturned when it comes to presenting our case before a Medical Review Panel. She also takes the time to learn everything about the client, our opponents, the facts of the case, and the medicine to put forth the strongest argument on the client's behalf that she possibly can. She toils behind-the-scenes strategizing and crafting and is constantly mindful of the client's needs. She takes great pride in finding the key to what went wrong in medical malpractice cases, is a strong writer, and enjoys weaving facts into a cogent, easy-to-read, and persuasive argument. These abilities are important to find the strengths of a case and to make the most of them when coming before the decision-makers, the medical review panel, or judge.
In her personal life, Jill enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason, and their three kids, volunteering in their church and for Carmel Clay Schools, and substitute teaching in local German classes.