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Robert C. Hilliard
Robert Hilliard in front of a court house
Other namesBob Hilliard
Education
OccupationAttorney
Years active1983–present
Known forMotor vehicle liability litigation
Websitehttps://hmglawfirm.com/

Robert C. Hilliard is an American civil rights and personal injury attorney notable for his United States Supreme Court argument in Hernandez vs. Mesa seeking to hold a border patrol agent accountable for the cross border shooting of a Mexican national, Sergio Hernandez. He also was appointed and served as the nation's lead lawyer for personal injury victims in the General Motors ignition switch recalls litigation, one of the largest civil litigations in the country's history.

Early life

Hilliard grew up in Newton, Texas, the youngest of three children.[1] His father, Delmar Shelley Hilliard, was an Air Force A-1 Skyraider fighter pilot who flew 175 missions in Vietnam,[2] and later became Newton's county attorney for 25 years. His mother, Bobbye Clifton Hilliard, was an artist, newspaper reporter, homemaker, and office manager for her husband's law office.

Robert C. Hilliard attended St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, where he enrolled on a tennis scholarship, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English literature in 1980.[3] While at St. Edwards, Hilliard was a four-year letterman in tennis and St. Edward's Athlete of the Year for 1979–1980. In 2016, he was given St. Edward's Distinguished Alumni Award.[4] He went on to attend St. Mary's University School of Law, in San Antonio, Texas, graduating with honors in 1983.[5]

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Newton, Texas

Newton, Texas

Newton is a city in and the county seat of Newton County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,633 at the 2020 census.

Texas

Texas

Texas is a state in the South Central region of the United States. At 268,596 square miles (695,662 km2), and with more than 30 million residents in 2022, it is the second-largest U.S. state by both area and population. Texas shares borders with the states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the south and southwest; and has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.

Douglas A-1 Skyraider

Douglas A-1 Skyraider

The Douglas A-1 Skyraider is an American single-seat attack aircraft in service from 1946 to the early 1980s, which served during the Korean War and Vietnam War. The Skyraider had an unusually long career, remaining in front-line service well into the Jet Age ; thus becoming known by some as an "anachronism". The aircraft was nicknamed "Spad", after the French World War I fighter.

St. Edward's University

St. Edward's University

St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic university in Austin, Texas. It was founded and is operated in the Holy Cross tradition.

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Austin is the capital city of the U.S. state of Texas, as well as the seat and largest city of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties. Incorporated on December 27, 1839, it is the 11th-most-populous city in the United States, the fourth-most-populous city in Texas, the second-most-populous state capital city, and the most populous state capital that is not also the most populous city in its state. It has been one of the fastest growing large cities in the United States since 2010. Downtown Austin and Downtown San Antonio are approximately 80 miles (129 km) apart, and both fall along the Interstate 35 corridor. Some observers believe that the two regions may some day form a new "metroplex" similar to Dallas and Fort Worth. Austin is the southernmost state capital in the contiguous United States and is considered a "Beta −" global city as categorized by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

Latin honors

Latin honors

Latin honors are a system of Latin phrases used in some colleges and universities to indicate the level of distinction with which an academic degree has been earned. The system is primarily used in the United States. It is also used in some Southeastern Asian countries with European colonial history, such as Indonesia and the Philippines, although sometimes translations of these phrases are used instead of the Latin originals. The honors distinction should not be confused with the honors degrees offered in some countries, or with honorary degrees.

St. Mary's University School of Law

St. Mary's University School of Law

St. Mary's University School of Law is one of the professional graduate schools of St. Mary's University, a private Catholic university located in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Career

In 1986, Hilliard founded the law firm of Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales, LLP, in Corpus Christi, Texas.[6] Hilliard received his certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law in 1990 and Civil Trial Law in 1992.[7]

In 2012, Hilliard and Steve Shadowen co-founded Hilliard & Shadowen, LLP, in Austin, Texas, a law firm that engages in antitrust and civil rights litigation.[8]

In 2017, the firm Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales, LLP became Hilliard Martinez Gonzales, LLP in when founding partner Jacobo Munoz retired, and John Martinez was made managing partner. In 2020, they opened an office in Chicago, IL.

Notable Cases

Hernández vs. Mesa

Hilliard speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court
Hilliard speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court

Hilliard represented the family of Sergio Hernández, an unarmed 15-year-old Mexican citizen who was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in 2010. The court found in favor of Mesa. Hernández was standing on Mexican soil when shot.[9] The cases sparked a confrontation between former Mexican President Felipe Calderón and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Hernandez v. Mesa

Hernandez v. Mesa

Hernandez v. Mesa was a pair of United States Supreme Court cases in which the court held that the precedent established under the 1971 Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents decision did not extend to claims based on cross-border shootings.

Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is the highest court in the federal judiciary of the United States. It has ultimate appellate jurisdiction over all U.S. federal court cases, and over state court cases that involve a point of U.S. Constitutional or federal law. It also has original jurisdiction over a narrow range of cases, specifically "all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party." The court holds the power of judicial review, the ability to invalidate a statute for violating a provision of the Constitution. It is also able to strike down presidential directives for violating either the Constitution or statutory law. However, it may act only within the context of a case in an area of law over which it has jurisdiction. The court may decide cases having political overtones, but has ruled that it does not have power to decide non-justiciable political questions.

Felipe Calderón

Felipe Calderón

Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa is a conservative Mexican politician who served as the 63rd president of Mexico from 1 December 2006 to 30 November 2012 and Secretary of Energy during the presidency of Vicente Fox between 2003 and 2004. He was a member of the National Action Party for 30 years before quitting the party in November 2018.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician and diplomat who served as the 67th United States secretary of state under president Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013, as a United States senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009, and as First Lady of the United States as the wife of president Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001. A member of the Democratic Party, she was the party's nominee for president in the 2016 presidential election, becoming the first woman to win a presidential nomination by a major U.S. political party; Clinton won the popular vote, but lost the Electoral College vote, thereby losing the election to Donald Trump.

Philanthropy

In May 2017, the Hilliard's donated $1 million to Incarnate Word Academy in Corpus Christi, Texas for a new, 14,000-square-foot elementary level Montessori building.[10]

Awards

Corpus Christi Bar Association

  • 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" [11]

Elite Trial Lawyer of the Year - National Law Journal

  • 2016: Awarded title in Products Liability category[12]
  • 2015: Awarded title in Motor Vehicles category[12]

Texas Super Lawyers - Thompson Reuters

  • 18-Year Award, 2003, 2004, 2006-2021[13]

The Litigation Counsel of America

An invitation-only honorary society for trial lawyers. Membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of U.S. lawyers.[14]

  • Hilliard is one of 3,500 Fellows[15]

Innocence Project of Minnesota

  • 2010: Honored with first-ever “Never Forgotten” award[16]

St. Edward’s University

  • 2016: Distinguished Alumni Award[4]

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References
  1. ^ "Corpus Christi Caller-Times Obituary Notices". obits.caller.com. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  2. ^ "Hilliard Pics". www.skyraider.org. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  3. ^ Carlyle, Erin (October 2011). "The Bulldog: Bob Hilliard Takes on the Cases Other Lawyers Won't Touch–and Wins" (PDF). Texas Super Lawyers. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Alumni Award Honorees 2016 | St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas". www.stedwards.edu. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  5. ^ "Lawyer takes argument from Supreme Court to Law Commencement". St. Mary's University. 2019-05-09. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  6. ^ "Attorney Profile". Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Texas Board of Legal Specialization". www.tbls.org. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  8. ^ Lipkin, Michael. "Border Agent Has Immunity for Teen's Shooting: 5th Cir". Law 360. Law 360. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  9. ^ Bennett, Brian; Tanfani, Joseph (2014-10-18). "A family outing, then a deadly Border Patrol shooting". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  10. ^ Sabawi, Fares. "IWA holds groundbreaking ceremony for new elementary building". Caller-Times. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  11. ^ "Robert C. Hilliard Of Hilliard Martinez Gonzales Named Corpus Christi's "Lawyer Of The Year"". finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2021-05-14.
  12. ^ a b "Lawyer takes argument from Supreme Court to Law Commencement". St. Mary's University. 2019-05-09. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  13. ^ "Top Rated Corpus Christi, TX Personal Injury Attorney | Robert Hilliard". Super Lawyers. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  14. ^ "About". Litigation Counsel of America. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  15. ^ "Directory". Litigation Counsel of America. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  16. ^ "Unlikely twosome unlocked cell door". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
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