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Jill L. Friedman graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and was a Chancellor’s Scholar.  She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1987.


Ms. Friedman has served as President of Women Lawyers of Ventura County, Ventura County Barristers and Santa Barbara Women Lawyers.  She is a founding member of the Ventura County Diversity Bar Alliance and was the second person to Chair that organization.  At the State level, she served as Vice President of the California Young Lawyers Association and Sergeant-at-Arms at the Conference of Delegates.  She has served on the boards of the Ventura County Bar Association, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Santa Barbara County Bar Foundation, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation and the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association.  She was the editor-in-chief of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association newsletter. She has been both a Barrister and a Master in the William L. Gordon Inns of Court (SB) and a Master in the Jerome Berenson Inns of Court (Ventura).  She has served as a judge pro tem in both the Santa Barbara and Ventura County courts.


Over the past 29  years, Ms. Friedman has been very successful in trying civil cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.  At the beginning of her career, she cut her teeth as a visiting attorney with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.  She worked as an insurance defense attorney in Ventura before returning to her hometown of Santa Barbara, where she continued practicing in the field of insurance defense and medical malpractice defense.  For eight years she was a sole practitioner representing injured plaintiffs.  She practiced for nine years with Henderson & Borgeson in Santa Barbara before returning to Ventura.  In 2004, she co-chaired a trial that led to the California Supreme Court decision in Ramirez v. Nelson (2008) 44 Cal.4th 908 regarding homeowners’ liability for the wrongful death of an unlicensed, uninsured tree trimmer. In 2011, she was elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) as the fifth female member in the California Coast Chapter, which includes Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties. Nationally, less than 10% of ABOTA members are women. In 2012, Pacific Coast Business Times named her to the list of "Who's Who in Attorneys" and the "Top 50 Women in Business". In 2013, Martindale-Hubbell included her among "Los Angeles' Women Leaders in the Law."  That same year, she was nominated for the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association's Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. In 2016, she received the Legacy Award from the Women Lawyers of Ventura County. 



Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 25%
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
  3. Employment: 25%
  4. Business: 25%
    5 years


Payment types:

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Contact info

Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, L.L.P.

5425 Everglades Street
Post Office Box 7209
Ventura, CA, 93006-7209


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legacy AwardWomen Lawyers of Ventura County2016
Los Angeles’ Women Leaders in the LawMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 50 Women in BusinessPacific Coast Business Times2012
Who's Who in AttorneysPacific Coast Business Times2012
Chancellor's ScholarUCLA1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner/AttorneyMyers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Schneider, L.L.P.2010 - Present
AttorneyHenderson & Borgeson2001 - 2010
AttorneyLaw Offices of Jill L. Friedman1994 - 2001
AttorneyBAUER, HARRIS & McEVOY1993 - 1994
Visiting Deputy DAVentura County District Attorney1989 - 1989
AttorneyLAWLER, BONHAM & WALSH1988 - 1993
AttorneyHENDERSON & ASSOCIATES1987 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesTreasurer2011 - Present
Ventura County Diversity Bar AllianceChair2013 - 2013
Ventura County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2012 - 2015
Women Lawyers of Ventura CountyPresident2011 - 2012
American Inns of CourtMaster2007 - 2014
Ventura County Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2002 - 2005
Santa Barbara County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2000 - 2001
Santa Barbara Women Lawyers AssociationPresident1999 - 2000
Santa Barbara County Bar FoundationSecretary1999 - 2000
American Inns of CourtBarrister1997 - 1998
Santa Barbara County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1994 - 1995
California Young Lawyers AssociationVice President1991 - 1992
Ventura County BarristersPresident1990 - 1991
Ventura County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1990 - 1993
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ramirez v. Nelson (2008) 44 Cal.4th 908California Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeal and reinstated defense verdict.
Bacon v. SCE (1997) 53 Cal.App.4th 854N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Citations (VCBA)Employers Take Note: The US Supreme Court has Entered the Digital Age2014
Santa Barbara County Bar Association NewsletterEditor's column1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of California - Los AngelesEnglishOther - Bachelors1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Women Lawyers of Ventura County Annual DinnerKeynote Speaker2016
Santa Barbara Bar Association MCLE lunchCivility Matters2015
Human Resource Law From Start to FinishIs Your Employee Handbook Going to Help or Harm You?2014
Human Resource Law From Start to FinishWorkplace Behavior and Privacy - Current Developments2014
Bridging the GapTrial Skills 101: Mechanics of a Civil Jury Trial2013
WLVC lunch programFemale Gladiators: Tales from the Civil Trial Trenches2012
2011 Santa Barbara Women's FestivalThe Legal Profession and Laws Affecting Women2011
SBCBA Bench and Bar ConferenceElimination of Bias1997