Founder - Jorian Hill
Partner - Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman, L.L.P
Jeanne Newman was born in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Connecticut College she received her J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center, where she was an editor of Southern California Law Review. While at law school, Jeanne met her future husband, Gary Newman, and the two soon began exploring the wineries of California's Central Coast together, establishing a shared appreciation for the region's wines.
Jeanne began her legal career as an associate in the entertainment department at Loeb & Loeb, and in 1988, she joined Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman, L.L.P., where she soon became a partner. Jeanne represents the creators of many top scripted television dramas such as "CSI: Miami," "Heroes" and "Mad Men." She also specializes in helping international clients enter the U.S. market, and her work on behalf of the creators of such shows as "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Wipeout" and "Deal or No Deal" has helped to pioneer new deal-making strategy in the field of unscripted television.
In 2005, Jeanne embraced a new challenge, when she and Gary founded their own small estate winery in Santa Ynez Valley's beautiful Ballard Canyon. To reflect their deep commitment to the property and the project, they called the winery Jorian Hill, blending the names of their three children: Jordan, Reed and Hillary. In order to hone her knowledge of viticulture and winemaking, Jeanne traveled with her family to France's Northern Rhône to consult with top vintners and winemakers about farming techniques and winemaking methods. In addition, she took courses at University of California, Davis to augment her knowledge of cutting-edge viticultural practices.
"It was an interesting transition for me," says Jeanne, "going from working with contracts to working with composts. It has also been very rewarding to take my professional skills and apply them to making Rhône-varietal wines. From the way we organically grow our grapes to the style of our winemaking, Gary and I have always had a clear, forward vision for Jorian Hill. To achieve the big picture, we are very hands-on with all of the small, crucial details."
Since founding Jorian Hill, Jeanne has been active in every area of the winery's operations. In the vineyard, she and Gary work closely with vineyard manager Jeff Frey and the winemaking team to chart the course for Jorian Hill's estate program, and are on the property on a daily basis throughout the critical days of harvest. In the winery, they contribute their love of wine, and their skilled palates to the winemaking process, tasting through every lot and each individual blend. In addition, Jeanne and Gary lead Jorian Hill's sales program, working directly with distributors and acting as ambassadors for the winery in the marketplace.