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|WV||Authorized to practice law||2001||06/01/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Trial Advocacy Award||Virginia Trial Lawyers Association||2001|
|1st Place Mock Trial Competition||Washington and Lee University School of Law||2001|
|Senior Associate Attorney||Gilliland Vanasdale Law Office, LLC||2017 - Present|
|Owner||Law Offices of Jill Sinatra||2013 - Present|
|Associate||Lisa Marie Vari & Associates||2014 - 2014|
|Partner||Fuchel & Sinatra||2011 - 2013|
|Legal Analyst||Crivella West Inc.||2010 - 2011|
|Associate||Robb Leonard Mulvihill||2007 - 2010|
|Associate||Dell Moser Lane & Loughney||2006 - 2007|
|Assistant Prosecuting Attorney||Kanawaha County Prosecuting Attorneys Office||2003 - 2006|
|Associate||Kay Casto & Chaney, PLLC||2001 - 2003|
|Legal Intern||US Attorneys Office Western District of Virginia||2000 - 2001|
|Law Intern||Honorable Maureen Lally-Green, Pennsylvania Superior Court||1999 - 2000|
|Legal Intern||Lawrence County District Attorney||1995 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Allegheny County Bar Association, Criminal Litigation Section||Member||2012 - Present|
|Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2012 - Present|
|Allegheny County Bar Association, Public Service Committee||Member||2012 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|West Virginia Bar Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|West Virginia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committe||Member||2003 - 2007|
|Williams v. Charleston Area Medical Center, 215 W. Va. 15, 529 S.E.2d 794 (W. Va. 2004).||N/A|
|Slivka v. Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, 215 W. Va. 109, 594 S.E.2d 616 (W. Va 2004)||N/A|
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|Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Annual Meeting Notebook||Defining the Scope of Arbitration Exemptions Under the Federal Arbitration Act: An Analysis of Federal and West Virginia Case Law||2003|
|Washington and Lee University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|Westminster College||English and Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
|Crime and Punishment||Pittsburgh Zoo Painted Dogs Case||2012|
|Transvaginal Mesh Update||Electronic Discovery, Pre-trial Strategies||2011|
|Innovation Practice Institute||Advances in Electronic Discovery Law||2011|
|2010 Annual||Electronic Discovery||2010|
|West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Continuing Legal Education||Jury Selection and Batson v. Kentucky||2006|
|West Virginia State Police Academy||Investigation Domestic Crimes||2005|
Posted by Rich
If you are going to go through the worst part of your life you're going to want Jill Sinatra on your side. She is without a doubt one the best parts of one of the worst parts of my life. She treated even the seemingly small and insignificant details of my case with the importance and respect I hoped for. She made sure my interests were protected throughout the entire case. ie; custody; support; and MSA.
Posted by John
Ms. Sinatra's attorney-client privilege only extended to one member of our family; however, her clinical professionalism tempered by genuine empathy saw many more through a very dark time. Any prospective client is guaranteed a highly organized; extremely personable; aggressive litigator who is going to FIGHT for your best interests.
The downside to hiring such a fantastic attorney is that others will undoubtedly be seeking her representation as well. Ms. Sinatra did her best to return any calls or e-mails ASAP (2-3 Days usually). As "newbies" to any aspect of the judicial system, we wanted "real time" answers. 30 minutes with no response can seem like an eternity in the face of crisis. This is a wholly unfair, and selfish, burden we internally placed upon Jill's time and expertise. In the end, there is zero doubt she provided comprehensive, informed counsel--and we are eternally grateful!
Posted by anonymous
Before I talk about Jill, let me briefly explain what it's like to find a lawyer in this city.
PennDot was going to suspend my license because of paperwork mishaps on their part, so I called several traffic lawyers in the area for help. For most of the lawyers mentioned online, the phone numbers I dialed didn't even lead me to the attorney, they led me to a paralegal who basically knew, most of the time, very little about law compared to an actual attorney, who refused to speak with me. For one of the lawyers, his assistant picked up and gave me this glossed over car salesman-type pitch about how he was going to make all my traffic problems go away, and then in an effort to pressure me into signing up with his firm, he offered to cut $500 from the quoted price if I hand over my credit card information during the phone call right then and there. Ridiculous. He didn't even hear or fully understand the whole case.
Then I called Jill Sinatra's office, and I was surprised to actually hear an attorney pick up, especially at 5 30 pm. She heard about my problem, and I was surprised to hear her talk to me like a human being, not like I was another traffic case. She was clearly knowledgeable enough to explain, as an attorney should, the best and worst case scenarios, and went into them in further detail when I met her at her office. She was very open to meeting, most lawyers in Pittsburgh would not actually meet with me when I asked about scheduling a meeting (asked their paralegals, that was), apparently the rest of them were too busy to talk face to face with someone who's possibly paying well well over $1000. Jill was personable, understanding, accommodating (managed to switch court dates around my vacation schedule which, as a physician, is quite precious to me), and was able to clear me of the charges for an overall price that was lower than that of her un-esteemed colleagues.
If you require the services of an attorney and you are in Pittsburgh, any street-smart person would shop around. You may shop around if you wish, or you may follow the advice in this review. Either way, you're going to end up picking this woman to defend you. I'm handing her business cards to all my physician colleagues and staff at the hospital and at the clinic where I work. If I ever get into any sort of legal trouble again (which hopefully won't happen any time soon), I'm calling Jill Sinatra.