Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce Jill F. Bechtold has joined the firm as a partner in Jacksonville, Florida.
 
Bechtold specializes in civil litigation, focusing on medical and professional liability defense, product defense, trucking litigation, business litigation and insurance defense. She has extensive experience defending professional licensure actions, including medical physicians undergoing Florida Department of Health investigations and companies facing actions from the Department of Business & Professional Regulation. She represents clients in state and federal courts, and arbitrates matters under the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and Florida arbitration codes.
 
In 2016, Bechtold became a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and she is a Barrister of the Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, an organization that fosters excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and legal skills. Bechtold is also a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and she is licensed in all Florida state and federal courts, as well as the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a nationally recognized speaker on reptile litigation theory defenses and has traveled across the nation presenting to lawyers and professional organizations. 
 
“I am thrilled to join the very talented and experienced colleagues in the Jacksonville office of Hall Booth Smith,” Bechtold said. “Together we will expand the firm’s litigation platform across Florida and the Southeast.”
 
Bechtold earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in International Business from the University of Florida and she completed her juris doctor degree at the University of Florida’s Frederic G. Levin College of Law.
 
In addition to her work as an attorney, Bechtold serves on the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, a position appointed by the office of the mayor. She is a past president of the Board of Directors for Girls, Inc. Jacksonville, where she helped create and launch a young professionals division of the board called Girls Inc. Rising Leaders Society (G.I.R.L.S.). She is also a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville’s Class of 2015.
 
ABOUT HALL BOOTH SMITH 
Established in 1989, Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is a full-service law firm with six regional offices strategically located throughout Georgia, as well as offices in Charleston, South Carolina; Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina; Jacksonville and North Palm Beach, Florida; and Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. Experienced across a wide range of legal disciplines, HBS attorneys pride themselves on providing knowledgeable, proactive, client-specific counsel to individuals, domestic and international corporations, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Hall Booth Smith maintains the highest commitment to serve its clients ethically and professionally by providing the highest quality legal representation. The firm’s promise: “Serving to Achieve Excellence." Learn more at www.hallboothsmith.com.