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Jillian M. Askren

Jill Askren devotes her practice to complex litigation in both state and federal courts, representing clients in individual, class action, and government enforcement matters, as well as commercial business disputes. Jill has worked on matters from the pre-litigation stage through final disposition or resolution. She has experience conducting discovery, researching and drafting a wide variety of motions, including dispositive motions, preparing witnesses for deposition, expert witness preparation, and other aspects of preparing complex cases for trial. Her practice has also included advising clients facing government enforcement actions.

Prior to joining the firm, Jill clerked for judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. While clerking with the federal district and appellate courts, she was exposed to complex litigation in many different areas of the law, including class actions, business disputes, mass tort litigation, insurance coverage, and other areas. She drafted bench memoranda concerning civil and criminal issues relating to evidentiary rulings, statutory and contractual interpretation, and related claims.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Irizarry et al. v. Orlando Utilities Commission et al. Currently defending the Orlando Utilities Commission in a putative class action brought by residents alleging that emissions from a power plant contaminated properties within a 5.5 mile radius with radionuclides, metals, and other constituents thereby elevating cancer rates.
  • Curd, et al. v. Mosaic Fertilizer. Currently defending Mosaic in a putative class action by commercial fishermen alleging damages purportedly resulting from a release of approximately 65 million gallons of process water from a phosphogypsum stack, which was caused by Hurricane Frances.
  • Representing Mosaic Fertilizer in a mass tort with over 115 Plaintiffs. The Plaintiffs are commercial fishermen alleging that a chemical release during Hurricane Frances caused them economic damages and reputational harm. Anderson, et al. v. Mosaic Fertilizer is a follow-on case that was filed after decertification of the putative class in Curd et al. v. Mosaic Fertilizer.
  • Confidential Client. Currently representing a public entity in a high-stakes action against a peer-to-peer company who has developed an industry-disrupting marketplace. Our client asserts that the efficiencies of their operations have been undermined by the introduction of unregulated commercial activities.
  • Confidential Client. Currently defending a financial institution’s directors and officers in an action alleging they engaged in a plan to improve their equity position at the expense of the Plaintiffs and to sell the institution for a large profit.
  • Confidential Client. Currently representing a client in the manufacturing industry in a multi-state federal criminal investigation concerning alleged violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
  • Confidential Client. Defended a foreign national in a Justice Department investigation involving allegations of tax evasion, conspiracy, and other purported offenses.
  • CCP Harbour Island, LLC v CPPM THP, LLC. Defended a major real estate developer in multiple cases concerning commercial real estate development on Harbour Island.
  • Confidential Client. Defended a marine dredging and engineering company in an action alleging breach of contract, tortious interference, and misappropriation of trade secrets arising out of the acquisition of an engineering services business.
  • Confidential Client.Represented an international real estate firm in a class action lawsuit regarding the alleged embezzlement of tenant funds from a tenant-in-common structure.
  • Summer Honors Law Clerk – Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, 2014
  • Judicial Extern, Hon. John A. Gibney, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2014
  • Legal Intern, Florida Office of the State Attorney, 2013

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, The American Lawyer, “Florida Regional Litigation Department of the Year,” 2019
  • Member, Ferguson-White American Inn of Court, 2018
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Provisional Member, The Junior League of Tampa
  • Former Mentor, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Lockhart Elementary

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., summa cum laude, William & Mary Law School, 2015
    • Lead Articles Editor, William & Mary Law Review
    • Tied for First in Class
    • Student Advocate, Domestic Violence Clinic
    • Order of the Coif
    • Recipient, CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Administrative Law
    • Lecture Series Coordinator, Institute of Bill of Rights Law: Student Division
    • Tutor, America Reads Program
  • B.A., Political Science, Economics, summa cum laude, University of Central Florida, 2012
    • Minor in Psychology
Clerkships
  • Hon. Eugene E. Siler, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2016-2017
  • Hon. Rebecca Beach Smith, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2015-2016
Admissions
  • Florida
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit