Jill Esenwein joined Bleeke Dillon Crandall in 2019 and has experience in civil rights defense, government litigation, and civil litigation including extensive trial experience in both bench and jury trials in federal and state court. Her practice focuses on medical malpractice defense, correctional healthcare litigation, and general-liability insurance defense in both state and federal courts.
Prior to joining Bleeke Dillon Crandall, Jill spent two years as a Deputy Attorney General with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General where she practiced in the Civil Litigation and Correctional Litigation divisions. During her time at the Attorney General’s Office, Jill defended multiple government agencies and employees in both federal and state courts in the state of Indiana. Jill primarily represented the Indiana Department of Correction and its employees in a wide variety of civil cases including constitutional challenges, civil rights defense, petitions for habeas corpus and post-conviction relief.
From 2003 through early 2017, Jill resided in the state of Illinois and worked for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State’s Attorney. During a majority of her time with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Jill was a child protection specialist within the Office’s Juvenile Justice Bureau where she reviewed and prosecuted civil cases in which children are alleged to have been abused, neglected or dependent. Jill was involved in the presentation of complex evidence-based cases requiring broad knowledge of the rules of evidence and trial skills. Additionally, she trained new attorneys and provided in-office training in courtroom advocacy, trial skills and trial strategy. Originally from Indiana and despite her love of Chicago, Jill made the decision to return back to Indiana to be closer to her family.
Jill is licensed in Illinois and Indiana. She is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Jill graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 with a B.A. in Government and International Studies with a Concentration in Latin American Studies. Jill obtained her law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 2003 along with a certificate in International and Comparative Law. In her free time Jill enjoys going to see live music, reading, and spending time her dog and two cats.