Jill Cranston Rice (formerly Bentz)

Biography

Jill Cranston Rice (formerly Bentz) is a Partner in the Litigation Department and is the Chair of the Government Relations practice group. She focuses her practice on government relations, insurance and health care law but litigates on behalf of many sectors. Jill has extensive legislative and administrative government relations and health care litigation experience. Jill has been a registered lobbyist in West Virginia for nearly 20 years and has lobbied on behalf of various businesses and industry sectors. Jill currently serves as President of the West Virginia Insurance Federation and is the lead lobbyist for the property and casualty insurance industry in West Virginia. She played a key role in the passage of West Virginia's comprehensive insurance and civil justice reform legislation in 2005 and she regularly defends insurers in civil and administrative proceedings involving coverage disputes and claims for common law and statutory bad faith. She maintains an active commercial litigation practice, representing West Virginia businesses ranging from financial institutions to national drug companies to health care providers. She has extensive health care experience as well, having represented hospitals in antitrust, on-call pay, uninsured billing, Medical Staff privilege, certificate of need, and rate-setting cases, and routinely deals with clients on day-to-day regulatory matters.

Jill also is a member of the firm's Professional Development and Diversity Committees.

Education

  • West Virginia University College of Law  (J.D., 1997)
  • University of Kentucky  (B.A., 1994)
    • Otis A. Singletary Outstanding Freshman
    • Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Southern District of West Virginia
  • Northern District of West Virginia

Affiliations/Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • Chair, Issues and Advocacy Committee, Center for Law and Public Policy
    • State Representative for West Virginia
    • Member, Insurance Roundtable
    • Member, Annual Meeting Steering Committee 
  • West Virginia Insurance Federation, President
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (DTC)
    • Immediate Past President 2017-18
    • President 2016-17
    • Vice-President 2015-16
    • Treasurer 2014-15
    • Secretary 2013-14
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Leadership West Virginia, Board Member
  • West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Government Relations Committee, Civil Justice Committee
  • Junior League of Charleston, Inc., Past-President
  • National MS Society, West Virginia Chapter
  • Bridgeport Varsity Soccer Association, President 2017, Vice President 2016, Secretary 2015, Vice-President 2014
  • Read-A-Loud West Virginia, Volunteer
  • Junior Achievement of the Kanawha Valley, Volunteer

Distinctions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Government Relations 
  • Listed in Chambers USA®: Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • Named a Young Gun by the West Virginia Executive, 2010
  • Recipient of the Generation Next: 40 Under 40 award by The State Journal, 2005
  • Named Leading WV Business Lawyer by WV Inc., 2007
  • Selected for the West Virginia Super Lawyers® List