Hillary S. Zilz

Hillary S. Zilz, a partner of the firm, has been with Schlam Stone & Dolan for more than a decade. Hillary acts as primary legal counsel to commercial and non-profit businesses without legal departments and provides corporate, litigation and investigatory support to in-house legal teams. She regularly counsels executives and directors of non-profit organizations on governance issues and assists both organizations and individuals on employment and general business matters. Clients describe her as their trusted advisor because she addresses their underlying, often unstated, needs and understands that legal solutions must be crafted to fit a spectrum of business and personal interests. Before joining the firm, Hillary served as general counsel to a start-up vegetarian restaurant chain and, prior to that, to a privately held holding company in the beverage distribution and manufacturing business. She has also practiced as a litigator.


  • Advising on general business day-to-day legal issues
  • Providing guidance on employment and human resources matters
  • Counseling on gig economy matters
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts, including:
    • License agreements
    • Trademark applications
    • Non-compete, trade secret, non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements
    • Other commercial contracts
    • Employment and severance agreements
    • Consulting agreements


  • Participating in board meetings and drafting minutes
  • Preparing corporate governance documents for nonprofits
  • Developing Conflict of Interest policies
  • Crafting Whistleblower policies
  • Counseling Boards of Directors
  • Providing guidance on audit and compensation matters and Form 990s
  • Conducting internal investigations and defending external investigations
  • Advising on sexual harassment matters, including policies and investigations


  • Forming corporate entities and preparing operating agreements
  • Forming nonprofits and preparing Form 1023 to obtain tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3)
  • Framing issues for LLC members to consider when forming business relationships
  • Providing ongoing reassessment of business relationships and legal structures as businesses evolve


Hillary represents small and midsized businesses as well as individuals. The businesses she advises are both commercial and non-profit organizations. In addition to doing traditional legal work, Hillary is a trained mediator and clients turn to her for her ability to help them identify their interests and make business decisions based on what matters most to them.

Representative clients include a $100MM nonprofit that provides social services and affordable housing, a small arts foundation, a graduate art school, an international software technology company, a cannabis company and the chief executives and boards of directors of non-profit organizations.

As outside general counsel, Hillary and the firm have assisted clients with sexual harassment litigation, investigations by the New York State Attorney General and the Department of Investigation, intellectual property matters, employment matters and general corporate work. Hillary enjoys being a resource for in-house lawyers who need support with litigation, regulatory, corporate or employment matters or just want a sounding board.

To learn more about Hillary, please visit her LinkedIn profile.

Hillary received her B. A. from McGill University with First Class Honours, her M.A. from McGill University in International Relations (top graduate student), and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude. Before joining the firm, she served as General Counsel for Quaker Equities Ltd. and HOV Group, Inc. She has also practiced law, as a litigator, with Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Gibson Dunn in New York.