Law School: University of San Diego School of Law
College: California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
Most recently, Hillier played a vital role in exonerating a San Diego woman falsely accused of running from the law. Judy Hayman was arrested on an outstanding out-of-state warrant more than three decades old. In these challenging circumstances, Hayman turned to the Damiani Law Group for help.
Hillier, through a mixture of ingenuity and perseverance, was able to obtain exculpatory evidence which had been misplaced and ignored by the authorities. With Hillier’s help, along with the rest of the staff at the Damiani Law Group, Hayman successfully challenged extradition and all charges were dropped.
Hillier began working for the Damiani Law Group while he was in law school. He has clerked for the firm, pre- and post-bar, and now is an associate attorney, assisting with employment and criminal matters. Before joining Damiani Law Group, Hillier was a judicial intern with the Hon. Meredith Jury of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Prior, he clerked at Peters and Freedman LLP, assisting with civil litigation, and at the Los Angeles County Office of the District Attorney, assisting in the prosecution of violent crimes in the Hard Core Gang division.
Hillier is a proud member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the San Diego Defense Lawyers, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and the San Diego County Bar Association.
Hillier is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, teaching a class on trial advocacy. Hillier coaches students through advanced trial procedures and strategy, focusing on practical application of advocacy skills. Hillier’s students participate in a variety of mock trial competitions against other top law schools from around the nation. In the spring of 2014, Hillier’s students won the Texas Young Lawyers Association’s Regional Tournament for Southern California, advancing to the Association’s national tournament to compete against the country’s top schools.