Biography

Hillary is a persuasive litigation team leader backed by extensive results and practice-area expertise spanning: employment, commercial, professional liability, product liability, premises liability, and oil and gas. Passionate representation of clients in complex legal matters in both state and federal courts. Proven success achieving summary judgment dismissals, advantageous settlements and favorable verdicts.

Hillary is creative and forward-thinking, willing to investigate a range of options before settling on a strategy that she feels best suits her client’s needs. Mindful of the opposing side’s motivations and weak points, she is open to economical settlements to avoid potentially expensive litigation, as long as it is on favorable terms that yield cost savings to her client.

A seven-time marathoner, Hillary is formidable when it comes to knowing the law and performing in the courtroom. However, she has the ability to reason with opposing counsel in order to eliminate unnecessary courtroom appearances and save her client legal fees.

Representative Experience

Hillary’s employment litigation experience includes cases concerning: alleged violations of various employment statutes, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, and the Texas Labor Code.

She has won numerous dispositive motions in both state and federal courts representing the following diverse client base: social media dating app; product manufacturers; commercial landlord; title company; attorney and law firm; accountants; owners of retail premises and petrochemical premises.

Other representative matters include:

  • $160,000 final judgment at the summary judgment stage for a large, regional commercial real estate owner in dispute over the interpretation of lease terms and successfully persuaded the Fifth District Court of Appeals to affirm the summary judgment. Spy, Inc. v. SC Legacy Indep., Ltd., 05-15-00763-CV, 2016 WL 3381920 (Tex. App.—Dallas June 16, 2016), reh’g overruled (July 14, 2016).
  • Appellate affirmation of Motion for Summary Judgment in premises liability case including preparation of both the motion and appellee’s brief. Gomez v. Saratoga Homes, 08-14-00320-CV, 2017 WL 1164590 (Tex. App.—El Paso Mar. 29, 2017, no. pet. h.).
  • Successful grant of a federal 12(b)(6) Motion to Dismiss in a case alleging accounting malpractice.
  • Defense verdict as First Chair trial counsel in JP Court for a large retail store chain in a premises liability case.
  • Defense verdict as Second Chair trial counsel for: breach of contract, breach of implied warranty, fraud, negligent misrepresentation and DTPA actions, including obtaining a counter-claim of $105,000 for attorney's fees.

Education

  • Southern Methodist University School of Law  (J.D., 2006)
    • National Moot Court Competition and ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Regional Finalist & Best Brief Award
    • Computer Law Review & Technology Journal, Articles Editor
    • Honor Council
  • Miami University  (B.A., 2001)
    • History and Political Science
    • cum laude
    • Miami University Student Disciplinary Board
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma, Vice President of Standards & Risk Management Chair

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2006
  • Ohio, 2009

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas

Professional and Community Activities

  • Board Chair of the Non-Profit First3Years (2014 to Present)
  • Attorneys Serving the Community, Heart & Sole 5k Committee (2017 to Present)
  • 7-time marathoner completing marathons in: Fort Worth, Chicago (twice), Berlin, Cincinnati (twice) and New York City.
  • University Park Preschool Association “UPPA” ( 2017 to Present)

Professional Recognition

Published Cases:

  • Gomez v. Saratoga Homes, 08-14-00320-CV, 2017 WL 1164590 (Tex. App.—El Paso Mar. 29, 2017, no. pet. h.).
  • Priller v. Cox, 05-15-01257-CV, 2016 WL 7163918 (Tex. App.—Dallas Nov. 15, 2016, no pet.).
  • Spy, Inc. v. SC Legacy Indep., Ltd., 05-15-00763-CV, 2016 WL 3381920 (Tex. App.—Dallas June 16, 2016), reh’g overruled (July 14, 2016).