Jacquelyn S. Pillar of Crist, Sears & Zic LLP

Jacquelyn S. Pillar

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T:  (219) 836-0200 x233

F:  (219) 836-2544


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Jacquelyn S. Pillar

      Jacquelyn S. Pillar received her bachelor of arts in persuasive communications from Valparaiso University and earned her juris doctor, with a concentration in labor and employment law, from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2004. While at Valparaiso, she served as a judicial extern for Magistrate Andrew Rodovich of the Northern District of Indiana and for Judge Julia Jent of the Porter Superior Court. She is licensed to practice in all Indiana state and federal courts, as well as the Northern District of Illinois.

      Ms. Pillar concentrates her practice in litigation, labor and employment law and school law. She is licensed to practice before the Indiana Supreme Court, the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She regularly counsels and defends businesses and employers in both federal and state litigation, as well as in proceedings before the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, the Department of Education, the Office of Civil Rights, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and city and state organizations that enforce employment laws. She has successfully argued cases before the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She also has served as judge pro tem on numerous occasions in the Lake Superior Court.

      Ms. Pillar is a current member of the Commission for Continuing Legal Education and is active with both the Indiana State Bar Association (including its Board of Governors, House of Delegates and various Section Councils and Committees) and the Lake County Bar Association (including serving as its President in 2015 and on various Sections and Committees). She also serves on the Board of Governors for the Indiana Bar Foundation, is a member of the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Institute, and is a member of the Calumet Inn of the American Inns of Court.

Areas of Practice

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Civil Rights Discrimination Defense
  • School Law
  • General Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business and Commercial Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana Supreme Court
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana


  • Valparaiso University School of Law, 2004, Juris Doctor – Labor and Employment Concentration
  • Valparaiso University, 2001, Bachelor of Arts – Persuasive Communications


  • Indiana State Bar Association
    • Leadership Development Academy, Class II
    • Board of Governors, 2019-2021
    • House of Delegates
    • Litigation Section; Labor and Employment Section (Council) and General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section (Council)
    • Leadership Development Academy Committee and Membership and Membership Benefits Committee
    • Young Lawyer Group Mentor
  • Lake County Bar Association
    • President 2015
    • Board of Directors 2010-2012, 2017-present
    • Personnel and Wellness Committees
  • American Inns of Court, Calumet Inn (Barrister)
  • Indiana Bar Foundation
    • Keystone Society Member
    • Board of Governors, 2019-present
    • Development, Communications and Awards Committee Chair