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 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.
Jillian then served as 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.
Before her time as an attorney, 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.
Heeger v. Facebook (Northern District of California): Jillian is litigating a privacy case against Facebook. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook misleads its users by representing that they can control Facebook’s access to and use of private location information by turning Facebook’s Location History feature off. But even when a Facebook user restricts Facebook’s access to their private location information, Facebook collects and uses the information anyway. After surviving a motion to dismiss, the case is currently in discovery.
TurboTax Free-to-File Class Action (Northern District of California): Jillian is part of the team that filed the nation’s first class action lawsuit against Intuit, Inc., maker of the popular tax preparation software TurboTax, on behalf of low-income taxpayers who were tricked into paying for tax-filing services that should have been free through a government-mandated agreement with the IRS. The lawsuit alleges that Intuit violated its agreement with the IRS by intentionally driving customers away from its free software and programming its website to hide the free filing option from search engines in favor of paid product offerings. Stueve Siegel Hanson’s Norman E. Siegel was recently appointed interim co-lead class counsel, and Jillian is working with him and Austin Moore in litigating the case.
Bishop et al. v. DeLaval Inc. et al. (Western District of Missouri): Jillian is part of the team that recently filed a class-action lawsuit against DeLaval Inc. on behalf of dairy farmers who purchased and were dissatisfied with DeLaval’s voluntarily milking system robots. The lawsuit alleges that the robots were defective and failed to perform as represented.
Data Breach Cases: Jillian is currently working on a number of data breach cases, including: In re: American Medical Collection Agency, Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation (District of New Jersey); In re: Dominion Dental Services USA, Inc. Data Breach Litigation (Eastern District of Virginia); Toretto et al. v. Mediant Communications, Inc. (Northern District of California); and In re: Capital One Consumer Data Security Breach Litigation (Eastern District of Virginia). For these cases, Jillian was one of the primary drafters of the complaints and is the primary contact for the firm’s clients.
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Honors & Awards
Honors & Recognitions
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
Community & Professional
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Bar Leadership Academy 2019
The Modernists, Young Supporters of the National WWI Museum and Memorial, Member
University of Missouri School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude, 2015
- Honors: Order of the Coif
University of Pennsylvania
B.A., English, summa cum laude, 2010
- Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
- Missouri, 2016
- Illinois, 2015
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2016
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 2019