Jillian R. Dent

Kansas City - Associate | 816-714-7142 (Direct) | dent@stuevesiegel.com

Jillian Dent represents individuals in privacy, consumer, and civil rights class-action litigation. As a former corporate defense attorney and judicial law clerk, she brings a well-rounded litigation acumen to her cases; clients benefit from her ability to assess cases from multiple perspectives in order to develop and pursue the best strategic courses of action.

Prior to joining Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP, Jillian was a litigation associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, where she represented sophisticated clients in complex litigation, including matters involving breach of contract, business torts, breach of fiduciary duty and securities class actions. During her time at Sidley Austin, Jillian honed her skills at all stages of litigation, from dispositive motions to preparation for trial.  She is experienced in discovery, and has managed large-scale document productions, written and defended against numerous motions to compel, and handled depositions, including deposing an executive and employees at a Fortune 500 company and second-chairing the two-day deposition of a Fortune 500 CEO. She also maintained an active pro bono practice, representing two clients as part of Sidley’s Capital Litigation Project.

Prior to her time at Sidley, Jillian served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Duane Benton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit – an experience which provided her with an inside look at how appellate decisions are made and what arguments prove most persuasive on appeal.

Before attending law school, Jillian was a high-school teacher in Kansas City, Missouri with Teach for America; she taught 10th, 11th and 12th grade English, AP Literature, theatre arts, and creative and critical writing. She credits her experience in the classroom for her ability to think on her feet, to break down complex issues, and to craft persuasive and engaging arguments.

  • EXPERIENCE
  • HONORS & AWARDS
  • EDUCATION
  • BAR ADMISSIONS

Cases:

  • Facebook v. Heeger, No. 3:18-cv-6399 (N.D. of California)
  • Sinohui et al. v. Intuit Inc., No. 3:19-cv-02546
  • Nichols v. Intuit Inc., No. 3:19-cv-02666 (N.D. of California)

Publications:

  • Missouri and the Charter School Puzzle: A Story with an Uncertain Ending, 79 MO. L. REV. 733

Missouri - 2016

Illinois - 2015

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - 2016

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI SCHOOL OF LAW, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2015

  • Missouri Law Review, Editor in Chief
  • American Constitution Society, President
  • Historical and Theatrical Trial Society, Director

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, B.A. (English), summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors Thesis, 2010

  • Activities: Bloomers All-Female Sketch Comedy, Director, Actor, and Writer; Critical Writing Department, Peer Tutor & Teaching Assistant

 

  • CALI Awards of Excellence for the Top Grade in Civil Procedure I & II, Torts, Criminal Law, Advocacy & Research, Contracts II, Constitutional Law, Complex Litigation, Jurisprudence, Estates & Trusts, and Criminal Procedure
  • John D. Lawson Prize for Best Work in Contracts
  • Judge Shepard Barclay Prize for third year student who has attained the highest standing in scholarship and moral leadership
  • MU Law School Foundation Prize for student with highest scholastic achievement during third year
  • Sidney Faber Award for Best Work in Criminal Law
  • William F. Fratcher Prize for Best Work in Estates and Trusts

 

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