Chelsea L. Hilliard Partner

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With more than a decade of experience representing clients in high-stakes litigation and corporate governance matters, Chelsea 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 Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG), risk management, corporate governance and investment matters.


    • Secured the dismissal of a $68 million fraud and breach of fiduciary duty shareholder derivative suit arising out of the wind down of a hedge fund at the summary judgment stage.*
    • Successfully tried to a jury verdict on the merits in the Northern District of Texas in the defense of a corporate client against quantum meruit claims arising out of a private placement transaction*
    • Defended national broker-dealers in FINRA arbitration proceedings against various types of investor complaints, including allegations of misrepresentation, misreporting and breach of fiduciary duty.*
    • Represented a group of former shareholders of a multinational investment banking firm in bringing 10-b(5) claims.*
    • Obtained favorable dismissal of breach of contract claim seeking in excess of $7 million in damages in Northern District of Texas.*
    • Obtained favorable award in a business mismanagement suit, defending claims for breach of contract and unpaid account against companies by prior manager’s family members.*

*Experience handled prior to joining McGuireWoods.