Never one to shy away from a good argument, joining her high school debate team was an easy choice. She went on to obtain a B.A. in English Literature from Florida State University, but there was never a doubt. “I loved debating and knew I wanted to be an attorney. I never considered anything else.” While in law school, Jackie served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Florida State Business Review and was also the founding president of the Business Law Society.
After graduation, she became involved with several professional affiliations, including the Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. There she reconnected with (and later married) fellow law student, Brett Mereness. Sharing her creative passion and sense of adventure, Jackie and Brett recently returned from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Iceland, where they travelled the infamous Ring Road, an 800-mile route that encircles the country.
“It was a truly unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Cell phone service was non-existent in many areas so you were forced to unplug. Some of the towns we stopped in had less than 200 residents and it really gave you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.”
Jackie transfers her enthusiasm in learning about local culture to her clients, developing unique perspectives on each client’s situation and how best to advocate for them. Since joining the firm, Jackie has become an intricate part of Taylor Day’s Personal Injury Protection litigation team and utilizes her love of debate when conducting hearings, mediations and depositions, which she states is the favorite part of her practice.
As to what the future holds for this rising star? Jackie hopes to continue expanding her practice beyond PIP to include representing clients involved with bodily injury and uninsured/underinsured claims.