A Sherpa is someone who prepares climbers for a treacherous journey and guides climbers up and down dangerous paths, frightening terrain in the challenging altitude of the Himalayan Mountains.

Jill Jackson, Attorney At Law at the prestigious law firm of Tharrington, Smith in Raleigh, NorthCarolina, views herself as a “Divorce Sherpa” who guides people through the legal and emotional challenges that accompany the dissolution of a marriage.

This is a wonderful way to think about the practice of divorce law and family law.

Jackson, who has been a member of her current firm for her entire career, handles high net worth divorce cases and has a special interest in protecting clients retirement benefits and retirement plans.

She conveys a great deal of warmth, compassion and enthusiasm when she talks about the law and the people she guides through the “rocky road” that a marital conflict can be at times.

Ms. Jackson loves practicing an area of law which allows her to help people and she frequently reminds her divorce clients “that things will be very different in a few months as they go through what can be a very painful process.”

“You may be upset now, but you will feel differently in a short while,” according to Jackson.

I recently interviewed Ms. Jackson regarding the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce case. Ms. Jackson was aware of the key legal issues in this high profile case.

We discussed how the children will be protected, how the media needs to be managed and whether the case will go to trial or end in a quiet settlement.

With regard to settlement, Ms. Jackson believes in being patient and trying to settle cases amicably if she can.

However, if she needs to be an assertive advocate for her client, Ms. Jackson is a proud and fierce litigator who will fight for her clients’ rights.

Here is a link to the bio of Jill Jackson, Esq.


And here is a link to the firm’s family law department:


Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, licensed marriage and family therapist,  author and the Founder of www.HighNetWorthDivorces.com