Jamal Wilson lost his mother at an early age. Tom Cudahy and his wife Livia found Jamal living in their basement, and planned on making him part of their family. Jamal discovered that his biological father was scoundrel Alec McIntyre. Alec wanted custody of Jamal, but Jamal sought emancipation from Alec so he could live with the Cudahys. Livia represented Jamal, who won the case. Jamal was adopted by Tom and Livia. Some time after, the Cudahys moved away from Pine Valley.
Jamal returned in 2006, a law student dedicated to helping battered women. After a brief flirtation with Erin and a short stint as a bartender at ConFusion, Jamal disappeared from the scene.