Chelsea Hilliard has joined McGuireWoods’ commercial litigation practice as a partner in Dallas, bringing more than a decade of experience representing clients in high-stakes litigation and corporate governance matters.
Hilliard counsels companies in litigation arising out of mergers and acquisitions, particularly venture capital or private equity-financed investments. She handles stockholder derivative cases, securities class actions, internal investigations, and investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice. In addition, she advises companies on risk management, corporate governance and investment matters.
Hilliard has represented companies across industries, including financial services, institutional investing, energy, healthcare and manufacturing. She joins McGuireWoods from Foley & Lardner.
“Chelsea is a highly respected trial lawyer and strategic adviser whose skill and acumen enhance our litigation capabilities in Texas and nationally,” said Todd Steggerda, deputy managing partner of McGuireWoods’ litigation practice.
Added Robert Muckenfuss, chair of McGuireWoods’ Complex Commercial Litigation Department: “Chelsea understands her clients’ business objectives and excels at devising strategies to help them navigate litigation challenges and manage risk.”
Hilliard serves as director and vice president of mentoring for the Dallas Women Lawyers Association (DWLA) and co-chairs the Women’s Mentoring Circles Program, a joint initiative of DWLA and the Dallas Young Lawyers Association. She also co-chairs the Dallas Bar Association’s Judiciary and Judicial Investiture Committee. Hilliard has been named to D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers Under 40” for six straight years.
“Chelsea is a rising star in the Dallas legal community and we will benefit tremendously from her insight and leadership,” said Jason Cook, managing partner of McGuireWoods’ Dallas office.
McGuireWoods’ commercial litigation team defends clients’ interests in domestic and cross-border matters in courtrooms and tribunals around the world. Corporate counsel lauded the firm as a powerhouse for commercial and class action litigation in “BTI Litigation Outlook 2023: Litigation Spending in the Uncertain Economy and Beyond.” McGuireWoods earned a national Tier 1 ranking for commercial litigation in the 2023 edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.”
“McGuireWoods is a litigation powerhouse with a strong and growing Texas practice, and I look forward to putting my experience to work for the firm and our clients,” Hilliard said.