Jill Wine Banks is an American lawyer. She is really popular for being the Watergate prosecutor who cross-examined Rose Mary Woods about the Watergate tapes. She is also known for being the first woman to be in the position of US General Counsel of the Army from 1977 to 1980. Similarly, she is also the executive director of the American Bar Association.

During the Watergate trial, she got focused on by the media for her lawyering as well as for wearing miniskirts.

Quick Info
Full NameJill Wine Banks
Date of Birth 5th May, 1943
Birth Place Chicago, Illinois, United States of America (USA)
Nationality American
Parents Sylvia Dawn (Simon) Wine, Bert S. Wine
Occupation Lawyer
Age 77
Spouse Michael Banks (m. 1980)
Net Worth $2 million

Early Life and Bio

Jill Wine Banks was born on the 5th of May, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America (USA). Her father’s name was Bert S. Wine and her mother’s name was Sylvia Dawn Wine. Her father worked as a Certified Public Accountant and her mother was a housewife. She grew up in Chicago and doesn’t have any siblings.

Jill Wine Banks
Jill Wine Banks Image source (thriveglobal.com)


Jill Wine Banks is an educated woman. We do not know where she attended her high school. Furthermore, she studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. There, she earned her B.S. in Communication Studies and was also appointed as president of her chapter of Iota Alpha Pi. 

After she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, she enrolled in the Columbia Law School. She graduated from her law school in 1968 with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.

Nationality and Physical Stats

Jill Wine Banks’s nationality is American and her ethnicity is White.

She stands tall at a height of 5 feet 4 inches or and weighs 55 kg or. The size of her chest, waist, and hips is not known. Similarly, her shoe and dress sizes aren’t known either. The color of her hair is blonde, however, the color of her eyes is not known.

Her zodiac sign is Taurus.


After her graduation from Columbia Law School, she worked at the US Department of Justice. She was one of the few women to work as a lawyer in the crime section. During her service in the US Department of Justice, she worked in the Watergate Scandal and was serving as a prominent associate of special public prosecutor Leon Jaworksi. This was a very critical and important case and she dealt with it very carefully and successfully. 

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Jill Wine Banks Image source (cnn.com)

Jill was responsible for cross-examining the secretary of the US President of the time. Richard Nixon was the President of America at that time and Rose Mary Woods was the secretary of the US President. She efficiently showed the court that Rose Mary Woods had unknowingly removed a particular section of the tape when it was being transcribed. For this feat, she received huge attention from the media. 

Similarly, she was appointed as the first woman ever to be working as the Executive Director of the US Bar Association in the year 1987. She has also served on the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee and worked as an associate at the Chicago legal company of Jenner & Block. 

Likewise, she was also appointed as the vice president and director of the company Motorola in the year 1992. She worked there until 2000. She also worked as a vice president of Maytag from 1997 to 2000. In 2001, she, with the help of others, opened an HR law firm named ‘Winning Workplaces’ and worked as a CEO in the firm. 


Jill Wine Banks is known for her notable contribution as a prosecutor at the time of the Watergate Scandal. She also became a member of the US Department of Justice and was one of the first women lawyers in the crime section.

Personal Life: Relationships

Jill Wine Banks got married twice in her life. She was first married to a lawyer named Ian Volner. After her marriage to Ian, she changed her name to Jill Wine Volner. Their marriage didn’t last long so they divorced each other.

After her divorce from Ian Volner, she again married her high school friend Michael Banks in the year 1980. Michael Banks works as an antique dealer. After their marriage, she changed her name to Jill Wine Banks.

There are no records of her past relationships before her marriages.

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Jill Wine Banks with husband Michael Banks Image source (classicchicagomagazine.com)

What is Jill Wine Bank’s Net Worth?

Jill Wine Banks is one of the successful and talented MSNBC legal analysts in America. She has worked on numerous critical legal issues in the USA. Because of her works, she has earned a huge amount of money alongside name and fame. She has earned money from her career as a lawyer. She has also earned a lot of money by appearing regularly in the daytime and in primetime TV shows like MSNBC Legal Analyst.

She is estimated to have a net worth of $2 million as of 2021.

Social Media Presence

Jill Wine is quite active in her social media with 518.4K followers on Twitter (@JillWineBanks), 46.1K followers on Instagram (@jillwinebanks), and 28.9K followers on Facebook (Jill Wine-Banks). She mostly uses her Twitter account more than her Instagram and Facebook.


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