Jill Friedman Helfman

Partner-in-Charge Cleveland


A well-respected attorney and family advocate, Jill serves as co-partner-in-charge of the Cleveland office. 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. Jill served as chair of Taft’s Domestic Relations practice from 2017 – 2022.

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:

  • 2022 Trailblazer in Family Law, The National Law Journal 
  • Band 1 honoree in Family/Matrimonial Law in the 2020-2022 editions of Chambers High Net Worth
  • 2022 Smart 50 Award Honoree, Smart Business magazine
  • 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)
  • Cleveland Jewish News 2015 Difference Maker
  • Ohio Super Lawyers for Family Law, honored each year since 2004
    • Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers 2021
    • Top 50 Women Ohio Super Lawyers 2021 – 2022
    • Top 50 Cleveland Super Lawyers 2021
    • Top 25 Women Cleveland Super Lawyers 2021 – 2022

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


  • Trailblazer in Family Law, The National Law Journal (2022)

  • Band 1 Honoree, Chambers High Net Worth, Family/Matrimonial Law (2020 – present)

  • Recipient, ORT America Ohio Region Jurisprudence Award (2021)

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

  • Honoree, Smart 50 Awards, Smart Business Magazine (2022)

  • Top 50 Cleveland Super Lawyers Honoree (2021, 2023)

  • Top 25 Women Cleveland Super Lawyers Honoree

    (2007 – 2009, 2015 – present)

  • Top 50 Women Ohio Super Lawyers Honoree (2005 – 2009, 2017 – present)

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

  • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America®, Family Law (2013 – present)

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

  • Society of Benchers Member, Case Western University School of Law (2018)

  • Honoree, Cleveland Jewish News Difference Maker (2015)

  • Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers Honoree (2021, 2023)

  • AV Peer Review Rated, LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell

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


  • Federal - Northern District of Ohio
  • State - Ohio

Speeches and Publications

Contributor, “Family Law 2023 Global Practice Guide: Ohio,” Chambers and Partners, Feb. 4, 2023.

Quoted, “Divorce can be made easier when consulting attorney,” Cleveland Jewish News, Nov. 22, 2021.

Quoted, “Uncertainty weighed on divorce cases during pandemic,” Cleveland Jewish News, June 17, 2021

Speaker, “What the Family Lawyer Needs to Know about Bankruptcy,” 32nd Annual AAML Ohio Family Law Symposium, Oct. 2020

Profiled, Cleveland Jewish News, Jan. 2019

Panelist, Women in Leadership event hosted by the Cleveland Jewish News, April 2017

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

    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 Specialist, Family Relations Law

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


Community Involvement

  • University Hospitals of Cleveland Partnership for Families

    Former Chair, Leadership Board

  • Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland


  • Park Synagogue

    Board Member

  • Leadership Cleveland

    Class of 2020

  • Friendship Circle of Cleveland

    Board Member