Hilary has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1998, and has had a full-time mediation practice since 2012. She is certified by the Florida Supreme Court to mediate any circuit civil or appellate matter in Florida, and by the U.S. District Court to mediate federal cases. In 2014, she was invited to join the Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN). She chaired the Hillsborough County Bar Association ADR Section from 2003 to 2015. Hilary presents to Bar organizations and other groups about ADR, and has developed Florida Bar approved CLE courses about mediation and ADR.
From 1998 to 2012, Hilary worked at Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa, handling personal injury, professional liability, insurance coverage and commercial cases in all stages of litigation in state and federal courts. She has been Martindale-Hubbell peer review rated AV Preeminent since 2006.
Hilary graduated with honors from FSU College of Law. In law school, she worked at Ausley & McMullen P.A. in Tallahassee, Carlton Fields in Tampa, and spent a year as a legal intern in the Florida House of Representatives. She was president of Moot Court and, with her team partner, won the Tulane Sports Law Moot Court Competition.
In 1995, Hilary graduated magna cum laude from FSU with a B.A. degree (history and English). She was a four-year Florida Academic Scholar and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society for lifetime membership.