Mr. Hilzer has substantial experience representing clients in connection with Federal and State government investigations involving potential criminal charges and civil liability. In this regard, Mr. Hilzer has defended clients being investigated for bank fraud, commercial bribery, tax fraud, healthcare fraud and violations of the False Claim Act. Recently, Mr. Hilzer was a key member of the trial team that successfully defended United States Senator Robert Menendez in Federal District Court. Mr. Hilzer’s white-collar experience also includes numerous federal sentencing matters requiring analysis of complex issues related to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Mr. Hilzer also has extensive experience managing complex litigation matters on behalf of financial institutions, multinational corporations, public entities, small businesses and individuals.
Mr. Hilzer’s practice also includes providing guidance on matters involving a wide range of federal and state regulatory compliance issues. In particular, he has significant experience managing complex internal investigations for a variety of large institutions and business entities. Mr. Hilzer is also regularly called upon to evaluate his client’s policies and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance and effective risk management.
Mr. Hilzer also devotes a growing portion of his practice to advising individuals and business entities seeking to participate in various aspects of the emerging legal cannabis industry.
Upon his graduation from law school, and before entering private practice, Mr. Hilzer served as a law clerk to the Honorable David B. Rand of the Morris County Superior Court.
Mr. Hilzer was a key member of the firm’s litigation team defending U.S. Senator Robert Menendez against criminal allegations of public corruption and bribery brought by the federal government. The trial ended in November 2017 with a hung jury and subsequent mistrial. Shortly thereafter, the Department of Justice dismissed all remaining charges against Senator Menendez.
|Co-Author, U.S. Dept. of Justice Sweetens Incentive for Self-Disclosure, but Prevention Is Still the Best Remedy for FCPA Penalty Exposure||Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP||January 8, 2018|
Honors & Awards
Recipient of The Actum Foundation Prize for distinguished work in the area of Banking, Corporate and Finance Law, upon graduation from Fordham University School of Law’s LL.M. program in 2013
Activities & Experience
While attending law school, served as Articles Editor for The Penn State International Law Review
- Fordham University School of Law (LL.M, magna cum laude, 2013)
- Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law (JD, 2003)
- Lehigh University (B.A., cum laude, 2000)
- Bar Admissions
- New Jersey
- New York
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Western District of New York