Jill Friedman Helfman

Partner-in-Charge / Practice Chair Cleveland
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Summary

A well-respected attorney and family advocate, Jill serves as co-partner-in-charge of the Cleveland office and as chair of Taft’s Domestic Relations practice. Her practice focuses on family and divorce law, particularly in high net worth cases. Jill is certified by The Ohio State Bar Association Family Law Specialty Board as a specialist in the field of Family Law in Ohio and as an arbitrator through the AAML Matrimonial Arbitration Training Institute.

With extensive experience and a confident, patient approach, Jill consistently earns the respect of her clients and peers. Her experience ranges from analysis and litigation of complex business valuation issues to property division, support and difficult custody matters. A trusted advisor to high-profile clients, Jill provides regular legal counsel to business owners, professional athletes, physicians, lawyers and other prominent professionals.

Jill is a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is a former president of the Ohio Chapter. She further serves the greater Cleveland community in a number of volunteer positions, including acting as chair of the leadership board for the University Hospitals Partnership for Families and as a board member of Park Synagogue.

Jill is the recipient of multiple honors for her practice of law, including:

  • Society of Benchers by Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Northeast Ohio’s 2018 Notable Women in Law by Crain’s Cleveland Business
  • Lawyer of the Year for Family Law in Cleveland by Best Lawyers in America (2014 & 2017)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers for Family Law, honored each year since 2004
  • Cleveland Jewish News 2015 Difference Maker
  • Top 50 Ohio Women Lawyers by Super Lawyers (2005-2009, 2017, 2018)
  • Top 25 Cleveland Women Lawyers by Super Lawyers (2007, 2015, 2017, 2018)

Jill graduated from the University of Michigan and received her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Awards

  • Society of Benchers by Case Western University School of Law, 2018

  • Lawyer of the Year, Family Law, Cleveland – Best Lawyers (2014, 2017)

  • Honoree – Best Lawyers in America® (2013-present)

  • Honoree, Family Law – Ohio Super Lawyers (2004-present)

  • Top 50 Women, Ohio – Super Lawyers (2005-2009, 2017, 2018)

  • Top 25 Women Lawyers, Cleveland – Super Lawyers (2007, 2015, 2017, 2018)

  • Honoree, Cleveland Jewish News Difference Maker (2015)

  • Honoree, Northeast Ohio’s Notable Women in Law, Crain’s Cleveland Business

  • Leading Lawyer – Inside Business (2004-2007, 2009)

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Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (1987)
  • University of Michigan BA (1984)

Admissions

  • Federal - Northern District of Ohio
  • State - Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow; Former President, Ohio Chapter
  • Eighth District Judicial Conference Life Member
  • Society of Benchers by Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Ohio State Bar Association

    Certified as a Specialist in Family Relations Law

Community Involvement

  • University Hospitals of Cleveland Partnership for Families

    Chair, Leadership Board

  • Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland

    Board Member

  • Park Synagogue Board Member