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Jill D. Sinatra

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Practice areas

  • Family law
  • Juvenile law
  • Criminal law
  • Litigation
  • Civil law
  • Wills, Estate Planning documents and Estates
  • General Practice

Admitted

  • West Virginia, 2001
  • Pennsylvania, 2005

Education

  • The Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • Westminster College, magna cum laude

Member

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Biography

Attorney Jill D. Sinatra graduated magna cum laude from Westminster College with a degree in English and Political Science.  She attended law school at The Washington and Lee University School of Law.  During law school, Jill worked as a law clerk for Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Maureen Lally-Green and as an intern at the United States Attorney’s Office in Roanoke, VA. While in law school Jill won the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Trial Advocacy Award and the Washington and Lee University Mock Trial competition.  Her interest in trial work led her to the firm of Kay, Casto & Chaney in Charleston, WV, where she began her practice in civil litigation.  Jill was also appointed to the CJA panel in the Southern District of West Virginia, where she represented criminal defendants in federal court. Jill’s interest in criminal law led her to the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s Office, where she worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.  Jill prosecuted hundreds of serious crimes, including drug offenses, sexual assaults, malicious wounding, kidnapping, and domestic violence offenses.

Jill returned to civil litigation with a successful insurance defense firm when she moved back to her hometown of Pittsburgh.  In 2012, Jill opened her own practice, with an emphasis on criminal defense and family law.  In 2014, Jill moved her practice to an established family law firm in Pittsburgh where she continued to represent clients in custody, support, divorce and equitable distribution matters, and defend clients in criminal courts across western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.  Due to Jill’s exemplary representation of her clients and respect of her peers, she was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Rising Star in 2015/2016 and earned a 10.0 AVVO rating based on client and peer reviews.   Attorney Sinatra is also a Hearing Committee Member of The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  In mid 2017, Jill joined Gilliland Vanasdale Sinatra Law Office, LLC as a Senior Associate Attorney, bringing her dedication and diversified legal experience to help valued clients of hers and our established law office.  In October 2018, Gilliland Vanasdale Sinatra Law Office, LLC was proud to name Jill a member of its firm.