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University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
J.D., 1959

Colgate University
Hamilton, New York
A.B., magna cum laude, 1956

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

All Michigan state courts

Estate Planning Attorney

Hilary’s practice focused on estate planning with an emphasis on entire families and three generational planning often coupled with a closely-held family business. In the past three decades, he served twice as the firm’s managing partner. In this capacity, Hilary acted as the firm’s CEO and chaired the Management Committee.

Honors and Recognitions

Leading Lawyers: Closely & Privately Held Business Law; Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Republican National Lawyers Association

State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

Priority Health: Board of Directors, 2000 – 2009; chairman, 2004 – 2007

Willard G. Pierce and Jessie M. Pierce Foundation, president and trustee, 1996 – present

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