Jillian S. Folger-Hartwell is an attorney specializing in providing legal and practical counsel to clients regarding personnel issues, including personnel policies, employee handbooks, hiring, discipline, and discharge. Jillian litigates employment matters before Massachusetts and Rhode Island state and federal courts and represents clients in administrative proceedings. Jillian also represents unionized employers in grievance arbitrations and related matters.

Previously, Jillian worked for the American Arbitration Association, managing arbitration proceedings for a variety of labor clients.

After law school, Jillian was a law clerk to Justice Robert G. Flanders, Jr. of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. During law school, she participated in the civil litigation clinic, representing clients on matters involving child custody and visitation, and landlord/tenant disputes.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors

Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

News, Analysis & Press

Supreme Court Adopts 'Arm’s-Length' Standard for Assessing Adviser Compensation Claims under the Investment Company Act of 1940

Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin

p. 242, Vol. 10, Issue No. 6

June 2010

Veto Override Puts Employers at Risk

Providence Business News

March 1, 2010

The Rhode Island General Assembly Amends the Rhode Island Civil Rights Act

Employment Law Alert

January 7, 2010

The Second Circuit Clarifies and Sanctions the Application of the Fractional Rule for Minimum Benefit Accrual to Cash Balance Pension Plans

Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin

p. 581, Vol. 9, Issue No. 12

December 2009

The United States Supreme Court Makes it Harder to Prove Age Discrimination

Employment Law Alert

June 23, 2009

Rhode Island Military Family Relief Act Imposes New Leave Requirements on Large and Small Businesses

Providence Business News

August 25, 2008

Plan Participant Can Sue Under ERISA for Losses to Assets in a 401k Account

Employment Law Alert

March 6, 2008

Speaking Engagements

2018 Rhode Island Employment Law

Providence, RI

May 15, 2018
Rhode Island Employment Law Update

Providence, RI

May 2, 2017

Employment Law: 2015 Comprehensive Guide

National Business Institute, Providence, RI

October 21, 2015
DOL’s Proposed Changes to the White Collar Regulations: What Should Employers Do Now??

Providence, RI

September 15, 2015

Hiring and Terminating Employees in the Current Economy

Sterling Education Services, Providence, RI

June 3, 2015

ADA and FMLA Updates and Interplay

Sterling Education Services, Providence, RI

June 3, 2015

Workplace Injuries: HR Strategies to Avoid the Top Mistake

National Business Institute (NBI) Webinar

June 4, 2014
Rhode Island Employment Law Update

Providence, RI

May 22, 2014

Legislative Update

Association for Healthcare Human Resources Administration of RI (AHHRARI), Providence, RI

November 21, 2013
Employee Documentation, Discipline & Discharge

February 13, 2013

Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know

National Business Institute Seminar, Providence, RI

December 7, 2011

New Rules Implementing the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

CLE Presentation

February 2011

Whistleblower Claims

Labor and Employment Law Conference - University of Rhode Island

May 7, 2010

Workplace Investigations in the Age of Technology

CLE Presentation

April 2010

Employment and Labor Update: Recent State and Federal Legislative and Judicial Developments

CLE Presentation

April 2010

Litigating ERISA Claims

National Business Institute Symposium

June 2009

COBRA Changes Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

CLE Presentation

March 2009

Advising Your Client on Lawful Termination Procedures

National Business Institute Symposium

January 2008


  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 2003cum laude
  • B.A., Stonehill College, 1994magna cum laude

Bar Admission

Rhode Island


  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • Rhode Island State Court
  • Massachusetts State Court