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J.D., with high honors, The George Washington University Law School; Order of the Coif

B.A., summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania; Goldstone Prize for Academic Excellence

Law Journals

Notes Editor, The George Washington International Law Review

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Virginia Bar

U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and Eastern District of Virginia

Jillian counsels and represents government contractors and subcontractors on a broad range of government contracting and employment issues, including contract claims, disputes, and government and internal investigations. She also counsels and represents clients with a variety of trial and appellate matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Representative Experience

  • Assists government contractors in disputes with the federal government, including claims under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA) and appeals of contracting officer final decisions to the Boards of Contract Appeals.
  • Member of team representing a major defense contractor in successfully-resolved litigation that involved 15 consolidated claims, including a government counterclaim, alleging breach of contract, delay and disruption, and constructive changes before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA).
  • Conducts internal investigations on behalf of clients relating to various employment and government contracting issues, including time-charging, improper use of proprietary information, discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment issues.
  • Counsels government contractors in responding to government investigations and subpoenas.
  • Counsels federal government contractors on compliance with the statutes and regulations enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and represents clients during OFCCP audits of affirmative action and non-discrimination obligations.
  • Assists clients in federal and state employment law matters, including issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII, Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Advises executive clients and companies on separation agreements, non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality provisions.
  • Counsels clients on employee vs. independent contractor classification under Internal Revenue Service (IRS), DOL, and various agencies’ guidelines.
  • Drafts employment agreements, employee handbooks, and independent contractor agreements.
  • Represents employers facing charges of discrimination before administrative agencies. Drafts position statements on behalf of clients for federal and state Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) agencies.
  • Counsels public accommodations on avoiding ADA Title III challenges by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and private parties involving removal of architectural, communication, and transportation barriers; provision of auxiliary aids and services; and modification of policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Counsels and analyzes evolving U.S. and international regulation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacture and operation, including statutory and regulatory (Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)) interpretation, past and pending case law review.
  • Successfully secured Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for two pro bono clients in appeals before the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Professional Experience

  • Law Clerk, The George Washington University Law School, Office of General Counsel (2007-2008)
  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Charles F. Lettow, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2007)


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Vice Chair, Section of Public Contract Law, Employment Safety and Labor Committee
  • Virginia Bar Association

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