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Jill Dominique Sinatra

Divorce and separation Attorney at Cranberry Township, PA

4.6   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 18 years
    West Virginia - WV 22 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State WV
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jill

Learn Jill’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    30%
    Handling all types of child custody cases, including legal custody, physical custody, relocation, school choice, grandparents' rights, and fathers' rights.

  2. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Handling all types of divorce cases from very simple to complex divorces.

    22 years

  3. Family
    20%
    Helping families with domestic matters including child support, child custody, grandparents' rights, fathers' rights, adoption, step-parent adoption, equitable distribution, protection from abuse orders, domestic violence and more.

    22 years

  4. Child support
    10%
    Handling child support and spousal support cases from simple to complex cases.

  5. Criminal defense
    10%
    Handling all types of criminal defense cases from traffic tickets to DUI to homicide. Licensed in PA and WV.

    22 years

Jill Sinatra has over 20 years of experience in several branches of legal practice. A graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law, she began her legal career in the Charleston, West Virginia area. She worked for several years as a prosecuting attorney, successfully prosecuting hundreds of felony cases including crimes of violence (murder, attempted murder, felony assault, etc.), and property crimes (burglary, fraud, and counterfeiting). Attorney Sinatra doubled the prosecutor office's conviction rate for domestic battery and assault offenses. Her experience also includes criminal defense, and the effective use of electronic discovery in lawsuits involving large numbers of documents. Today she focuses on criminal defense and Family Law.

Location

Sinatra & Istik Law Office, PLLC
8050 Rowan Road
Suite 403
Cranberry Township, PA, 16066

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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A true fighter for difficult divorce and child custody
I retained Jill’s services in 2016 after my ex forced my son and I out of the house. Jill has been fighting for my son and I ever since. During the divorce Jill was able to find pin holes in the documents from opposing counsel that could have been detrimental to my future and finances. Her articulation is supreme in and out of the courtroom. When it came to custody court, Jill was diligent in ensuring we had all the documentation we needed, and walked me through the process with such patience. During the actual hearing, I was blown away with her performance! Kind and compassionate where need be, but also tenacious and dare I say tactfully ruthless when fighting for me. I continued to retain Jill’s services for all my current custody matters and future custody potentials. I highly recommend Jill for those looking for a shark of a lawyer to represent them in family law.
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Posted by Debra | September 5, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Child Custody / Family Law Litigator
Since hiring Jill as my attorney, she has displayed attention to the numerous intricacies within my high conflict custody case. She quickly became familiar with all the moving parts and players that have been introduced over a lengthy period of time. She acclimated herself at a fast pace enabling her the ability to manage multiple tasks relating to further discovery. She was responsive, acting with firm resolve within a timely fashion, as when she accepted my case, it was heading in a certain direction. Jill utilized her knowledge and wealth of experience in family law to better prepare me than any other attorney I have hired since separating and divorcing over 8 years ago. Jill prepared and enabled me to act in a manner resulting in gaining ground within the court, shedding light on what was being overshadowed by the use of manipulation and abuse on behalf of my ex. She listened to my concerns and further validated their existence. She looked at all angles, while remaining focused on the big picture. Jill kept my fears in check. She prioritized what info/material will best serve our purpose and was firm in regards to when the best time was to utilize them. Jill helped discard info that was clouding my vision and educated me on where to apply my energies, creating the opportunity for making the greatest impact for the results we were seeking. She assisted in helping me to discard what was weighing me down from being exposed to the family court system for almost a decade without resolve. She offered advisement when needed. Her expertise within the realm of family law is unparalleled to ALL others I have been in contact with over the past 8 years! She became my guide and offered direction and hope when the family court system has done nothing but disappoint, while failing both myself and my children. Jill strategically advised what I should concentrate on and what I should let go. She has always made herself both available by phone, as well as by person, whenever needed. She has proven over time that she is committed to going the distance and I honestly feel she cares for the well being of my children. For this, I am and will be forever grateful. If you are currently seeking an attorney who will best represent you and/or your children's best interest...and have been a victim within the family court system...feeling discouraged and defeated...I highly recommend Jill for the job! She will NOT disappoint!
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Jill is your lady!
I am beyond happy with Jill. She truly listened to what was happening & dug into the details of my custody situation. She cared, she took the time, she responded to me in a timely fashion, and was very organized. It was a complex situation & she handled it well & with professionalism! I would recommend her for anyone’s custody needs!
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
COULD NOT ASK FOR A BETTER ATTORNEY
We have been dealing with more than one case with my 2 kids. Jill and her law firm never disappoint and always represent people they see as the more fit parents. I will never change lawyers. My first battle was before I knew Jill and the Gilliland Vanasdale law firm. I had a bad experience prior. Lies and deceit from my ex attempting to alienate our children from me until my wife helped me get through it with this amazing law firm. Jill has represented myself a couple times and really knows her cases and the law well. She was able to uncover all the lies and poor decisions my ex had made and brought justice to my family. Amazing lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Client
Attorney Sinatra provided invaluable guidance and expertise to help us navigate the justice system. We couldn't have been more pleased with the results.
Posted by Colleen | February 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful
Jill, has the innate talent to navigate a highly contentious custody situation with an unreasonable ex who refused to any level of cooperation. She is highly effective in your time of need. She is extraordinarily objective in an emotional situation. I highly recommend her for both her knowledge and ethical standards.
Posted by Rich | January 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I wish I could give Attorney Sinatra 6 Stars
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.
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Posted by John | November 19, 2014
The hand that reached in and helped us up; amid the barrage of kicks stomping to keep us down...
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!
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Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2014
Best attorney I could find
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.
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Posted by Justine McGuire-McDonough | May 16, 2014
Jill is one of the most honest and compassionate attorneys I will ever meet!!!
First and for most I couldn't be more happier Jill is my attorney. I found Jill through a friend of mine who highly recommended her and I am glad she was, and still will be my attorney. Jill is very honest and tells it like it is. She has always made me feel better before and after hearings she had won for me. She never got annoyed at me for my many phone calls and emails (believe me there were a lot) and she always answered my questions in a timely fashion. She is very passionate about what she does as you can tell when you meet her off the bat. I would highly recommend Jill as your attorney, her rates are reasonable too, believe me you won't be sorry you did. Jill is one if the best Lawyers to higher and you won't be sorry.i can honestly say I have not one negative thing to say about Jill. I will always be great full for her and the work and helping me in really tough times when I needed an honest attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simple divorce (Jill Sinatra’s words)
Was told the divorce was an easy one, should take 90 days. At the fifth month had to call and ask what’s the problem. Was told “a big case” came up. So if that’s the issue why not let someone else finish the final paper work. Was told give me 2 more weeks. A month goes by. My X & I said she is just money hungry. Money I can’t get back. If you have a mutual, easy non contesting divorce, Jill Sintra is NOT for you.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Sinatra & Istik Law Office, PLLC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Parter/Senior Associate Attorney
  • Gilliland Vanasdale Law Office, LLC
  • 2017 - 2023
  • Associate
  • Lisa Marie Vari & Associates
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Jill Sinatra
  • 2013 - 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
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Education

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Westminster College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Williams v. Charleston Area Medical Center, 215 W. Va. 15, 529 S.E.2d 794 (W. Va. 2004).
  • Slivka v. Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, 215 W. Va. 109, 594 S.E.2d 616 (W. Va 2004)

Associations

  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 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

Publications

  • 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

Speaking Engagements

  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (26)
Endorse Jill
Family Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the pleasure of sharing office space with Attorney Sinatra and conferring with her on legal issues. She is very knowledgeable, honest, and caring."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Amazing attorney, mentor and friend!"
Family Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jill is a very talented attorney. She is an excellent advocate for her clients, always working to ensure that their rights are protected and best interests are served."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Top-notch attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Friend
"Attorney Sinatra is a bright, talented advocate. I recommend her without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jill is a very smart, effective and hardworking criminal defense and family law attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have gotten to know Attorney Sinatra through her numerous AVVO responses. She is a caring and intelligent lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Sinatra is an accomplished and experienced DUI attorney. She is clearly the "go to" person if you are in need of top tier legal representation."
Family Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jill is throughly knowledgeable in family and criminal law matters and uses her skills to get her clients solid results"
Family Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jill is a true advocate for her clients and is very knowledgeable about her various areas of law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jill is an excellent attorney who is dedicated to protecting the rights of her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jill Sinatra enjoys a very good reputation as a criminal lawyer. Other lawyers equally endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jill Sinatra is a rising star in the criminal defense bar and I highly recommend and endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Sinatra is able to use her experience as a former prosecutor to anticipate the arguments of a prosecutor and thereby prepare her defense strategy to negate those arguments. Highly recommend this experienced criminal defense lawyer in Allegheny County."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jill is a very skilled attorney in the areas of criminal and family law."
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