Jillian Gautier is the Program Director of the Samuel & Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching the Intensive Transactional Lawyering Program (ITRANS) and Contract Drafting. She directs the Heyman Scholars program and provides mentorship and guidance to students interested in practicing corporate law. She also creates and develops programs, events and symposiums with top professionals in various areas of corporate and business law, increasing Cardozo's exposure to and engagement with contemporary finance, banking and securities law experts and regulators.
Prior to joining Cardozo, Ms. Gautier was a senior associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and subsequently at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Her practice consisted of a variety of corporate transactions, including debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and recapitalizations. Over the years, she has served as a formal and informal mentor to junior associates and summer associates and was a Co-Chair for the Kirkland & Ellis Women’s Leadership Initiative Planning Committee. She began her legal career as a Staff Attorney at the Loan Syndications and Trading Association.
Ms. Gautier received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law where she served as an Articles Editor of the Seton Hall Law Review and as a Senior Research Fellow of the Center for Policy and Research, and she received her B.S. from The University of Scranton. She is admitted to the New York bar.