Jillian Estes joined Morgan Verkamp in 2018 as a Senior Attorney. Jillian began her career handling class action cases primarily against for-profit colleges. Since 2010, she has exclusively worked on False Claims Act matters. Jillian was lead counsel on one of the first cases to successfully apply the Stark Statute to Medicaid claims, obtained a favorable first-to-file determination (including successfully defending an appeal to the Third Circuit) for a relator following a $192 million settlement, and represented a relator through post-settlement litigation with the United States. Jillian has worked on cases that have returned more than $400 million to taxpayers.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jillian worked at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Alexandria, VA. As a result of that work, Jillian became a volunteer for the U.S. Department of State’s Attorney Network, taking pro bono cases representing parents whose children were wrongfully brought into or retained in the United States from their home countries. Jillian has successfully handled six Hague Convention cases, all of which resulted in the return of children to their custodial families in Denmark, Mexico and Guatemala. For her work on these cases, Jillian received Florida’s Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Young Lawyer award and a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. State Department.