Hilgers Graben Announces Addition of Attorneys Alec Schultz and Carly Kligler
Hilgers Graben PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of Alec Schultz and Carly Kligler to its litigation team. Both will be partners based in Southeast Florida and will spearhead the firm’s entry to the Florida marketplace. Schultz will be based in Miami and Kligler in West Palm Beach.
Formerly with the Leon Cosgrove firm, Schultz and Kligler also practiced at Boies, Schiller & Flexner among other stops prior to joining Hilgers Graben. Both are experienced trial lawyers, working on large complex commercial disputes, including contract disputes, class actions, business torts, fiduciary duty, fraud, and product liability matters here in the United States and internationally.
Before beginning his private practice, Schultz clerked for the United States District Judge Donald Middlebrooks of the Southern District of Florida after graduating from the University of Chicago Law School. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University. “I am excited to start this new chapter of my career with the Hilgers Graben team,” said Schultz. “They have quietly built up a powerhouse law firm that is stocked with high-caliber talent at an incredibly low price point.”
Carly Kligler graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law and received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Florida. In addition to her work at several law firms, Kligler was in-house counsel in the Miami office of Rational Enterprise, an information governance and e-Discovery company. Kligler stated, “I am looking forward to working with the Hilgers Graben team to expand into more markets. The firm is well known for its flexible, employee-friendly ‘no jerks’ culture while providing opportunities to work on sophisticated legal matters for some of the largest companies in America.”
According to firm founder, Mike Hilgers, “I cannot say how thrilled we are to be able to add two lawyers with the skills and personalities of Alec and Carly to our team. They are the perfect one-two punch to start our presence in Florida where we look to bring our high-quality, low cost approach to the practice of law to the marketplace.”
Hilgers Graben Announces Addition of Attorney Katherine Hartmann Miller
Hilgers Graben PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of Katherine Hartmann Miller to its litigation team as Litigation and e-Discovery Counsel. She is based in the firm’s Omaha office.
Prior to joining Hilgers Graben, Katherine was Assistant General Counsel at Northwestern Mutual where she advised the company on a wide variety of legal and regulatory issues related to financial products and services. Before going in-house, Katherine clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, worked as an associate in the Chicago office of Schiff Hardin LLP and was a name partner at the boutique litigation firm, Carey & Hartmann. Her private practice experience encompasses all aspects of civil litigation and dispute resolution, including the successful mediation, arbitration and litigation of complex commercial matters, securities and commodities fraud claims, business disputes and professional liability claims.
Katherine graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was Managing Editor of the Minnesota Law Review and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “I am very pleased to be joining such an innovative and high-growth law firm like Hilgers Graben,” said Miller. “The culture, work-life flexibility, and access to high quality legal work is exactly what I was looking for when taking the next step in my career.”
According to firm founder, Mike Hilgers, “Our ability to continue to attract and hire candidates of Katherine’s caliber is further proof of the value generated through our unique model of leveraging a “no jerks” culture with a geographic arbitrage infrastructure to hire the best-of-the-best and make these high credentialed lawyers available to our clients at 40% of the cost of Big Law.”
Hilgers Graben Announces Addition of Attorney Jon Hyland
Hilgers Graben PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of Jon Hyland to its litigation team as a partner. He is based in the firm’s Dallas office.
Most recently a partner with Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Dallas, Jon was previously associated with powerhouse law firms Jones Day and Barnes & Thornburg. He has litigated cases in state and federal courts around the country, serving as lead counsel in dozens of cases. He is a deeply experienced commercial litigator whose practice focuses on IP and patent litigation, including trademarks and copyrights, with experience in a wide range of technological areas, including Internet commerce, computer hardware and software, semiconductor and semiconductor processing and packaging, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications networking and cellular communications, solid state memory and biotechnology. Jon has also litigated cases before the International Trade Commission.
Jon helps clients with other intellectual property matters including IP licensing and IP issues related to mergers and acquisitions. His practice covers all aspects of trademark law, from filing trademark applications to managing national and international trademark portfolios. He also advises franchisors regarding Texas franchise law as well as related IP issues. He regularly counsels clients on cybersecurity and data privacy issues, including compliance with GDPR, HIPPA, COPPA, and the CCPA. Jon is also a noted authority on blockchain and bitcoin/cryptocurrency issues. He also represents artists in entertainment matters.
Jon graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin (cum laude, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal). He received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M (cum laude). He is admitted to the Texas bar and will be based in the firm’s Dallas office. “I am excited to join the fast-growing Hilgers Graben firm,” said Hyland. “It is one of the most innovative and client friendly law firms in the country and will allow me to litigate cutting-edge issues for clients of any size, combining highly-credentialed lawyers with low cost. And the unique and friendly culture is just the icing on the cake.”
“We’re incredibly fortunate to add someone of Jon’s caliber to our team of highly experienced business litigators,” said firm founder Mike Hilgers. “His extensive trial and litigation experience, along with his background in multiple legal disciplines is a huge win for us. His wide-range of skills will be a tremendous value for our clients and we look forward to him expanding our firm’s high quality, low cost model in the Dallas area and across the country.”