Hilary Gerzhoy is a partner at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where she serves as Vice Chair of the firm’s Legal Ethics and Malpractice group. She focuses her practice on criminal defense work, legal ethics, and civil litigation.
Legal Ethics and Malpractice
Hilary represents lawyers and law firms in disciplinary investigations and prosecutions. She has handled matters in front of D.C.’s Board on Professional Responsibility, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline, D.C.’s Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s Committee on Grievances, among others.
Hilary serves on the D.C. Bar Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee which reviews the Rules of Professional Conduct for possible revisions and amendments. She is an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center where she teaches legal ethics and professional responsibility. A frequent writer on developments in legal ethics, Hilary's work has been published by Bloomberg Law, Law360, and Jurist. In 2020, she worked as part of the Ethics and Compliance Team for the Biden-Harris Presidential transition.
Government Investigations, Criminal Defense, Litigation
Hilary represents companies responding to federal regulatory investigations as well as individuals in a range of white-collar criminal investigations. Her representations include investigations by the Department of Justice, the New York Attorney General, the D.C. Attorney General, the FCC, and other federal administrative agencies. She represents clients through all stages of litigation from the initial complaint through discovery, trial, and appeal in both state and federal courts.
Hilary maintains an active pro bono practice, assisting clients on a broad range of civil and criminal matters. She has dedicated substantial time to representing victims of domestic violence in matters before the D.C. Superior Court.
As an active member of the legal community, Hilary currently serves on the Membership Committee of the District of Columbia’s Women’s Bar Association and has served on the Junior Board of the D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project. She is Barrister at the William B. Bryant Inn of Court.
Before entering private practice, Hilary clerked for the Honorable Kermit V. Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She received her J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she served as Online Editor of the California Law Review and a teaching assistant for the Legal Research and Writing Program, and where she received the Prosser Award for Written and Oral Advocacy. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.