Jill F. Bechtold practices in the area of civil litigation focusing on medical and professional liability defense, employment disputes, product liability defense, business litigation, trucking litigation and insurance defense. Her clients include drug and medical device companies, business owners, physicians, hospitals, trucking carriers and insurers. She represents clients in state and federal court actions as well as arbitrates matters under the Florida Arbitration Code and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). She is experienced in defending professional licensure actions, including defending medical physicians in Department of Health investigations, and licensed companies in Department of Business and Professional Regulation actions.
In 2016, Ms. Bechtold accepted her invitation to become a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). She is a Barrister of the Chester Bedell Inn of Court (2014-2017), a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and also serves as the co-chair of the Women & the Law Committee for the Florida Defense Lawyer’s Association. Ms. Bechtold is a preeminent AV-rated lawyer by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, a designated Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers® Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 and a Super Lawyer by Florida Super Lawyers® Magazine in 2016 and 2017. She was also named an ‘Up & Comer’ by Florida Trend magazine in 2013, 2014, and 2015. She was selected as one of 2015’s Women Leaders in Law by ALM Media, in partnership with Fortune Magazine.
Ms. Bechtold’s publications include “The Florida Supreme Court Rejects Caps on Noneconomic Damages in Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice Cases” featured in Trial Advocate Quarterly, Spring 2013; Medical Liability Monitor, April 2014; IADC Medical Defense and Health Law Committee, June 2014 and “McCall v. United States Decision and Consequences for Medical Malpractice Caps”, featured by MedMal Direct, April 25, 2014. Her article, “Case Resolution Strategies” was featured by MedMarc, March 31, 2016. Ms. Bechtold has presented “Reptile Tactics: A Defense Counsel’s Guide to the Reptile Strategy” nationally and statewide and continues to speak nationwide.
In 2015, Ms. Bechtold was named a “Women of Influence” by the Jacksonville Business Journal for her leadership in Northeast Florida’s professional and civic community. She was appointed by the Office of the Mayor to the Jacksonville Children’s Commission (JCC) Board of Directors and is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 2015. Ms. Bechtold is also past-president of the Board of Directors for Girl’s Inc. of Jacksonville, the local chapter of the national Girl’s Inc. organization. She helped create and launch the young professional’s division of the Board, G.I.R.L.S. (Girl’s Inc. Rising Leaders Society).
JD, University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law, 2005
B.S., University of Florida, 2002
United States District Court, Northern District
United States District Court, Middle District
United States District Court, Southern District
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Florida Super Lawyers Super Lawyer (2016-2017)
Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star (2012-2015)
Florida Trend Up & Comer (2013-2015)
ALM Media and Fortune Magazine Women Leaders in Law (2015)
Jacksonville Business Journal Woman of Influence (2015)
Jacksonville Children’s Commission Board of Directors, Appointed by Office of the Mayor
International Association of Defense Counsel
Chester Bedell Inn of Court, Barrister (2014-2017)
Defense Research Institute
Florida Defense Lawyer’s Association, Woman & the Law Committee co-chair
Board of Directors for Girl’s Inc. of Jacksonville, past-president
International Association of Defense Counsel, 2018 IADC Annual Meeting Steering Committee
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Member - Trustee
Publications & Presentations
“The Florida Supreme Court Rejects Caps on Noneconomic Damages in Wrongful Death Medical
Malpractice Cases,” Trial Advocate Quarterly, Spring 2013; Medical Liability Monitor, April 2014; IADC
Medical Defense and Health Law Committee, June 2014
“McCall v. United States Decision and Consequences for Medical Malpractice Caps”, MedMal Direct, April 2014
“Case Resolution Strategies,” MedMarc, March 2016
“Reptile Tactics: A Defense Counsel’s Guide to the Reptile Strategy”