Jill Schnabel Jackson originally is from Wisconsin. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in 1996 and graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1999. While in law school, Jill was a staff member for the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation and a member of the Holderness Moot Court National Team. She also received the Gressman-Pollitt Award for outstanding oral advocacy during her first year of law school. Jill served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Sarah Parker of the North Carolina Supreme Court immediately after law school, then practiced family law with a large Raleigh firm for more than 16 years before establishing Jackson Family Law.
Jill’s practice is devoted to family law and appeals. She also has extensive experience dividing various types of retirement benefits, including IRAs, pensions, defined contribution plans, and governmental retirement plans.
Jill is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Family Law. She currently is the Secretary of the North Carolina chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Jill has served on the Family Law Specialization Committee of the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and on the Grievance Committee of the 10th Judicial District Bar. Jill has been recognized by Business North Carolina magazine as one of the “Legal Elite” in North Carolina and as a “Rising Star,” a “Top 50 Women Lawyer,” and a “Top 100 Lawyer” by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine. She formerly was a member of the Family Law Council of the North Carolina Bar Association and is a past co-chair of the Equitable Distribution Committee of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Jill also served on the Board of Directors for the 10th Judicial District Bar and the Wake County Bar Association. Jill currently serves on the CLE Curriculum Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section.
Jill is a frequent course planner and speaker at Continuing Legal Education programs throughout North Carolina. Jill also has been a guest speaker for family law courses at the University of North Carolina School of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law, Campbell Law School, and Wake Forest University School of Law.
In addition to her legal activities, Jill is dedicated to volunteering in her community. Jill has served as the President (2016-2017) and Vice-President (2015-2016) of the Hunter Elementary GT/AIG Magnet Elementary School PTA and continues to serve on the Hunter PTA Board. Jill also is the coach of the Ligon Middle School Mock Trial Team and is a founding board member and the current Secretary of the Lucille Hunter Elementary School Foundation.
Jill is married to J. Christopher Jackson, who is a lawyer with Morningstar Law Group. They reside in Raleigh with their two children.