B.A., University of Chicago; J.D., University of California Berkeley
Hilary Gerzhoy is Vice Chair of the Legal Ethics and Malpractice group at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP. She focuses her practice on legal ethics, civil litigation, and government investigations.
Legal Ethics and Malpractice
Professor Gerzhoy 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.
Professor Gerzhoy 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 writes frequently on developments in legal ethics and her work has been published by Bloomberg Law, Law360, and Jurist, among others. In 2020, she worked as part of the Ethics and Compliance Team for the Biden-Harris Presidential transition.
Litigation, Government Investigations, and Criminal Defense
Professor Gerzhoy represents plaintiffs and defendants in civil and criminal litigation matters from the initial complaint through discovery and trial in both state and federal courts. She regularly represents companies responding to federal regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, 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.
Professor Gerzhoy 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. She has also successfully represented low-income tenants fighting eviction in landlord-tenant cases. She 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.
Before entering private practice, Professor Gerzhoy 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.