Jill Wittenbrader grew up in rural Pennsylvania. As a child she spent countless hours playing in the woods, pulling weeds in the garden, riding bikes and catching fireflies.
She attended the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, where she studied marine science, biology, creative writing, and literature from 1984-1988. In 1991 she received a Juris Doctorate degree and Certificate of Environmental and Natural Resource Law from Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon.
In 1992 Jill relocated to Alaska and was admitted to the Alaska Bar. Alaska has been her home since that time. Jill devoted the first fifteen years of her career to advocating for the public interest of Alaskans, working as a Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children; representing victims of domestic violence; advocating for teens and juveniles; and working as a Public Defender in Kodiak.
In 2008 Jill offered her depth of experience and unique style of advocacy and representation to the public when she opened her own practice on the island she cherishes and calls home, Kodiak. In 2012 Jill was elected by her peers to serve as President of the Kodiak Bar Association and continues to serve in this capacity. Jill is also admitted to the Pennsylvania and California bars.
Jill is deeply committed to advocating for fairness and justice; she continues to offer her extensive legal expertise to the Kodiak community, and beyond, in a variety of capacities. She is experienced, tenacious and dedicated.
In her free time Jill enjoys nature, gardening, hiking, kayaking, yoga and spiritual practice, and time with friends and family.