Jill Willard Young

BIOGRAPHY

Jill Willard Young has over 17 years of representing many different clients in both general civil litigation and probate litigation and has tried cases to verdict in these areas of the law. She represents trustees, administrators, executors, beneficiaries and guardians in litigation concerning trusts, wills, gifts, estates and guardianships. Ms. Young also focuses her practice on commercial litigation matters. She represents businesses and individuals in disputes involving contracts, fraud, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty and administration litigation claims involving state and federal agencies.

EDUCATION

J.D., 1996, South Texas College of Law

National Order of the Barristers; 1996 

Dean's Outstanding Advocate Award 

1995 and 1996 National American Bar 

Association & Moot Court Champion

American Bar Association Best Advocate Award, 1996

Finalist, American Bar Association National Mock Trial Competition, 1996 

National Appellate Advocacy Champion

American Bar Association, 1995

National Appellate Advocacy Champion

American Bar Association, 1996

Lewis F. Powell Award for Excellence in Advocacy

National Appellate Advocacy, Best Advocate Award, 1996

B.S., 1989, The University of Texas at Austin

ADMISSIONS

Texas

U.S. Dist. Ct.,
E. Dist. Texas

U.S. Dist. Ct.,
S. Dist. Texas

 

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Represented several large corporate fiduciaries in their respective roles as trustees, executors, and/or administrators of trusts and estates as well as individuals in guardianship proceedings and various lawsuits related to wills, trusts, and estates

Represented clients in all types of contested probate, trust and guardianship litigation through trial, summary judgment, mediation and arbitration

Represented several large corporations and individuals in matters involving various contractual and business tort disputes, including fraud, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract through trial, summary judgment, mediation and arbitration

Represented several large oil and gas companies in multiple litigations matters involving multiple parties in large complex commercial disputes

Represented numerous grocery store chains in administrative disputes with the State of Texas through trial at the administrative level

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  • Texas Rising Stars, Texas Monthly; 2004-2006 
  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Litigation and Probate and Estate Sections
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Member, Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association
  • Member, Attorneys in Tax and Probate
  • Summer Event Chair, Texas Exes Houston Chapter, 1999-2003
  • Auction Chair, "Deep in the Heart of Texas," Texas Independence Gala, 2000
  • Event Chair, "Texas Fight," Texas Independence Day Celebration and Auction, 2001
  • Event Vice President, Texas Exes Houston Chapter, 2002
  • President Elect, Texas Exes Houston Chapter, 2002-2003
  • President, Texas Exes Houston Chapter, 2003-2004
  • Scholarship Committee, Texas Exes Houston Chapter, 2002-present
  • Texas Exes Business Network Advisory Board, 2003-present
  • Board of Directors, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas, 2003-2004
  • Committee Member, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Sports Challenge
  • Adjunct Professor, South Texas College of Law
  • Lecturer, South Texas College of Law Continuing Legal Education Program
  • Annual Fund Chair and Committee, Presbyterian School

PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

"The Importance of Keeping Records in Litigation," presented to property managers of Flagship Properties Corporation, 2003

"Selected Issues Related to Disqualification of Counsel," 2003

“First Year Secrets: How to Be Good Mentee and a Good Associate,” 2003-2007

“The Trial of a Will Contest,” South Texas College of Law, Wills and Probate Institute, 2009

“Direct Examination of an Expert,” South Texas College of Law, 2010, presented by Jill W. Young & Jimmy Walker