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Jillian M. Raines is an associate in McKool Smith's New York office. She works with the firm’s Insurance Recovery Group, representing individual and corporate policyholders in a variety of complex insurance recovery litigation matters.

Previously, Jillian served as a Legal & Policy Fellow for The Governance Lab at NYU, focusing on intellectual property, technology and open governance issues.  She also served as Panel Coordinator to the ICANN Strategy Panel for Multistakeholder Innovation.  While attending law school, Jillian was a John Marshall Harlan Scholar and served as the Visual Scholarship Editor for the New York Law School Law Review. She also worked as a Research Fellow for the New York Law School Institute for Information Law & Policy.

Jillian is conversant in French.


Representative Matters

  • Representation of Verizon Communications Inc., Verizon Financial Services LLC, and GTE Corporation (collectively, “Verizon”) in securing a summary judgment victory before the Delaware Superior Court, in a decision finding that the company's insurers must provide coverage for tens of millions of dollars in legal fees and costs incurred in the successful defense of a lawsuit alleging $14 billion in damages in connection with the spin-off of Verizon’s directories businesses.
  • Representation of Standard General L.P. in securing summary judgment victory holding commercial general liability insurer could not rely on an employment practices-related exclusion to avoid its duty to defend in connection with the company’s successful defense of a defamation action.
  • Successful representation of multiple corporate policyholders in confidential alternative dispute resolution proceedings involving Buyer-Side Representation and Warranties Insurance and Private Equity Professional Liability Insurance Policies.

Media & Events



  • Co-Author, “Innovations in Global Governance: Toward a Distributed Internet Governance Ecosystem” (2014). Global Commission on Internet Governance Working Paper No. 5. Available here.
  • Author, “The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2011 (DATA): Using Open Data Principles to Revamp Spending Transparency Legislation,” 57 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 313 (2012–2013).


J.D., magna cum laude, New York Law School, 2012

B.A., English, Journalism, and International Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 2009

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2015

Bar Associations

  • New York, 2013
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