Hillary acts as primary legal counsel to small and mid-sized commercial and nonprofit entities that do not have their own legal departments. She also serves as a resource for in-house lawyers who need support with litigation and regulatory, corporate, or employment matters, or just want a sounding board when it comes to making crucial business decisions.
Hillary regularly advises on corporate governance issues and counsels both organizations and individuals on employment and general business matters. As outside general counsel, Hillary also assists clients with Title VII litigation, investigations by the New York State Attorney General and the Department of Investigation, and intellectual property matters, often in concert with her firm colleagues.
“I help my clients limit risk, whatever the issue might be, and protect their exposure along with their reputations. I also provide proactive guidance, so they don’t get into problems in the first place. Clients trust that I will pick up the phone and answer their questions, and they know that if I can’t help them personally, I will find someone who can.”
Representative clients include a $100 million nonprofit that provides social services and affordable housing, a small arts foundation, a graduate art school, a mid-size financial services firm, an international software technology company, a cannabis company, and chief executives and boards of directors of several other nonprofit organizations.
In addition to her skills as a corporate lawyer and general litigator, Hillary is a trained mediator, which allows her to help clients resolve matters quickly when it is in their best interest to do so rather than go to court.
Before joining Schlam Stone & Dolan, Hillary served as general counsel to a start-up vegetarian restaurant chain and a privately-held holding company in beverage distribution and manufacturing.
Think Like a Mediator’ Conflict Resolution Program at Rikers Island; Mediate; November 2017; Article Link
General Counsel Services
- Advise on general business day-to-day legal issues
- Provide guidance on employment and human resources matters
- Counsel on gig economy matters
- Draft, review, and negotiate contracts, including:
- License agreements
- Trademark registrations
- Non-compete, trade secret, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation agreements
- Other commercial contracts
- Employment and severance agreements
- Consulting agreements
Corporate Governance and Investigations Services
- Participate in board meetings and drafting minutes
- Prepare corporate governance documents for nonprofits
- Develop conflict of interest policies
- Craft whistleblower policies
- Counsel boards of directors
- Provide guidance on audit and compensation matters and Form 990s
- Conduct internal investigations and defend external investigations
- Advise on sexual harassment matters, including policies and investigations
- Form corporate entities and prepare operating agreements
- Form nonprofits and prepare Form 1023 to obtain tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3) guidelines
- Frame issues for LLC members to consider when forming business relationships
- Provide ongoing reassessment of business relationships and legal structures as businesses evolve
- Selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers® list for Business/Corporate, 2021
- Board Member of New Light Theater Project
- Chair of New York State Policy Advocacy Committee
- Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution for New York City Bar Association
- NCJW (National Council of Jewish Women) New York State Policy Advocate Chair
“I serve my clients as a trusted counselor who helps with all aspects of their business and understands that legal solutions must be crafted to fit each organization’s unique goals and needs. That is exactly what I strive to bring to each of my clients and representations.”