Jill A. Duffy

Litigation Manager

Duffy_JillAs a child of divorce, Jill A. Duffy knows that how a divorce is handled has an impact on the rest of your family’s life.

“My job is to help you get through it as smoothly as possible while advocating for your rights and empowering you to chose the direction of your case,” Ms. Duffy said.

Her background includes psychodrama and reenactment skill training that Ms. Duffy says helps her be empathetic with clients who are going through a difficult process.

“What I draw from those skills is being able to understand where the client is coming from, why they reacted in certain ways to each situation and what emotions they are feeling,” she said.

Ms. Duffy says her ability to remain calm and keep focus on the big picture is important to clients who are going through an emotional transition.

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Duffy is licensed in Michigan.

Education

Graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from Oakland University; graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law.

While in law school, Ms. Duffy interned with the Michigan Pension Rights Project, prosecuted misdemeanors for the City of Flint, and clerked for the Honorable Joseph Farah of the Genesee County Circuit Court. She was also a member of Michigan State University negotiation team at the American Bar Association Law Student Division Negotiation Regional Competition.

Additionally, she was president of Michigan State University’s Family Law Society. 

Ms. Duffy’s experience also includes being a summer associate at a civil litigation firm, where they focused on business litigation and divorce matters.

Professional Experience

Prior to practicing domestic relations exclusively with Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Duffy practiced civil litigation, family law, and criminal defense in a small Oakland County firm. She also graduated from the Western Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Wyoming and studied with graduates of the Trial Lawyer’s College, acquiring psychodrama and reenactment training

Associations

Ms. Duffy is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Oakland County Bar Association.

Awards

Ms. Duffy was recognized in 20142015, and 2016 as a Michigan Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Duffy has authored many family law articles on DadsDivorce.com. She has also contributed an article on marital property in Michigan for this website.

Reviews

5/5

“Jill has brought sunshine into this cloudy time.  She definitely makes things easier for me.  My situation is pretty unique, but I manage to enjoy every conversation and interaction I have with her.”

5/5

“Jill made it real easy to keep me calm, as I was worried [about] not knowing the processes. I walked out of the first meeting feeling that the weight of the world was off my shoulders. It made no sense to me in the beginning, but then started to as things went on and Jill explained things to me. I appreciated that this appeared personal to Jill.”

5/5

“Jill was very professional, descriptive and supportive, as [was] the entire staff at the office in Troy, Michigan. Also, the financial department was very helpful. Jill’s professional behavior kept us out of the courtroom.”

5/5

“Jill was actually my son’s attorney previously, so she came highly recommended. She was very good to my family during that time, and it just seemed natural to use her services again. She’s an extremely kind person, and I appreciate everything she’s done.”

5/5

“Jill has been great! Excellent value for [the] money and a pleasure to work with. Frankly, she has changed my outlook and experience working with divorce attorneys. She was quick to do live calculations as it relates to child support, which was extremely helpful. She struck an excellent balance between pushing and listening.”

5/5

“Jill has been very forthcoming and informative.  She seems to have good insight on the process and path moving forward.”

5/5

“Jill always put my needs first. She provided good advice and would even call and check in on me, which was helpful.”

5/5

“Jill is fantastic. Not only has she been deft at handling my case, thinking of things I never could [or] would and acting quickly and effectively, but she has done so while making me feel completely comfortable with what the outcome will be. I feel very lucky to have Jill representing me.”

5/5

“Everything was fine. I appreciate all of your help with this matter. Your prompt responses and candid answers were very helpful throughout the process. Even when [the opposing party] was waiting for a response from her attorney, you were quicker and more explicit in your answers. Even to the point of where [the opposing party] would say, let’s just ask your attorney because she’ll answer quicker. It’s a good indication of your efficiency when the defendant would rather get your opinion on a question rather than her own attorney. It was early on that I realized that I made the right decision having you represent me. … I also appreciate the fact that you didn’t nickel and dime me on charges. If it was a quick response to an e-mail question, I didn’t see time charged out on my bill. This shows me that you were more interested in doing the right thing for your client instead of trying to create as many billing opportunities as you could find. I am 100% satisfied with your assistance during this matter …”

5/5

“Jill did a fantastic job! She really worked with me. I have very particular needs that were not cookie-cutter. She took the time to understand and talk with me before making any decisions. She was very supportive, and my wife and I are taking care of our children better because of Jill’s involvement.”

5/5

“Jill was amazing. She kept us informed the entire process. Whenever I had a question about something she always got back to me very quickly. She is very personable and makes you feel comfortable and important the whole time. Jill is very professional and knows her stuff. When our day in court finally came, she was like a champion. Confident the whole time, she came through when it was all on the line and got another victory for dad’s in Michigan. Worth every penny spent.”

*Check out more Cordell & Cordell reviews of Jill and the rest of our Michigan attorneys.