Jill F. Bechtold

200 West Forsyth Street
Suite 400
Jacksonville, FL 32202

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).

ADMITTED

  • Florida
  • 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

EDUCATION

  • JD, University of Florida – Fredric G. Levin College of Law, 2005
  • B.S., University of Florida, 2002

PUBLICATIONS

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Board of Directors for Girl’s Inc. of Jacksonville, past-president
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Court, Barrister (2014-2017)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyer’s Association, Woman & the Law Committee co-chair
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel,  2018 IADC Annual Meeting Steering Committee
  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Member – Trustee
  • Jacksonville Children’s Commission Board of Directors, Appointed by Office of the Mayor

Recognitions

  • 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)
In the 2019 edition of the Florida Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has been recognized for its outstanding legal
Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of two new associates at its growing office in Jacksonville, Florida. Henry P. Romeu specializes in medical malpractice,
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that Associate Maryann N. Jaghab has joined its growing office in Jacksonville, Florida. Jaghab specializes in healthcare
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

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).

ADMITTED

  • Florida
  • 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

EDUCATION

  • JD, University of Florida – Fredric G. Levin College of Law, 2005
  • B.S., University of Florida, 2002

PUBLICATIONS

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Board of Directors for Girl’s Inc. of Jacksonville, past-president
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Court, Barrister (2014-2017)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyer’s Association, Woman & the Law Committee co-chair
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel,  2018 IADC Annual Meeting Steering Committee
  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Member – Trustee
  • Jacksonville Children’s Commission Board of Directors, Appointed by Office of the Mayor

Recognitions

  • 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)
In the 2019 edition of the Florida Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has been recognized for its outstanding legal
Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of two new associates at its growing office in Jacksonville, Florida. Henry P. Romeu specializes in medical malpractice,
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that Associate Maryann N. Jaghab has joined its growing office in Jacksonville, Florida. Jaghab specializes in healthcare
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