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H. Eric Hilton

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H. Eric Hilton

Partner
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Biography

H. Eric Hilton is a Partner in our Atlanta office focusing on aging services, employment and labor, general and professional liability, and construction matters.

Eric represents a variety of businesses types including elder care facilities, property owners and managers, apartments, hotels and restaurants, real estate developers, airport concessionaires, and construction contractors.

Over the course of his career, Eric has handled a wide range of litigation matters ranging from employment discrimination, elder care and negligent security to matters involving professional negligence, breach of contract, and construction defect. He has successfully tried cases to verdict in both state and federal court and has appeared in numerous multi-party arbitrations, administrative hearings, and mediations. In a notable toxic tort exposure case, Barko Response Team, Inc. v. Sudduth et al., Eric successfully argued before the Georgia Court of Appeals for extending the stringent asbestos causation framework to mold injury cases in Georgia.

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In addition to his broad-based private practice experience, Eric also served as General Counsel, Senior Vice President, and Corporate Secretary for a decade at one of Atlanta’s largest construction, real estate development, hospitality, and property management companies. In that role, he also oversaw the organization’s human resources and risk management functions and served as the company’s Chief Labor Negotiator. His experience in that role brings valuable first-hand corporate counsel insight and a strategic business mindset that benefits clients across all industries that he serves.

Eric has been recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Georgia Chapter with the Outstanding General Counsel Award in 2012. He also was recognized by the Daily Report’s On the Rise – 15 to Watch list in 2007.

Eric earned a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University, and he holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Hampton University.

Experience

Aging Services

Eric represents assisted living, rehabilitation, and long-term care facilities in claims including quality of care, injury, and negligence.

Construction

Eric handles a wide range of construction matters including defect, payment claims, delay and schedule, performance, and contract disputes. He also drafts and negotiates construction contracts and various business agreements and has successfully managed the resolution of numerous multi-party construction disputes.

Labor & Employment

Eric has an active employment law practice and has experience in handling claims under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, and numerous state laws. He represents clients in court and before administrative agencies and often serves as chief labor negotiator in the hospitality and construction industries.

During his in-house tenure at a leading Atlanta construction and development firm, Eric oversaw the company’s human resources function and led labor negotiations. He has extensive experience in drafting employee handbooks and personnel policies and often conducts internal training seminars.

Credentials

Admitted

State & Territory Courts:

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia

Education

  • J.D., The George Washington University
  • B.S., Economics, Hampton University

Memberships

  • 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.: Member
    • Bylaws Committee: Co-Chair
    • Collegiate 100 Program: Chairman (former)
  • HBS Diversity & Inclusion Committee: Co-Chair, Officer
  • HBS Management Committee: Member
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  • Association of Corporate Counsel: Director (former)
  • Atlanta Habitat for Humanity: Board Member (former)
  • DRI, Construction Law Steering Committee: Member, 2016-2018
  • Latin American Association: Board Member (former), Outside General Counsel (former)
  • Leadership Atlanta: Class of 2012
  • Leadership Dekalb: Class of 2013
  • The Georgia Radio Reading Service: Board Member (former)

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Best Lawyers®, 2023-2024
    • Awarded in: Construction Law, Employment Law – Mangement
  • Outstanding General Counsel Award, Atlanta Business Chronicle & Georgia Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, 2012

Presentations

  • CLM Rip Tear Cost
    Webinar, 2017

Publications

  • Coverage for ‘Rip and Tear’ Costs: A Case Law Survey
    ABA Bar Association, 2013

In the Press

55 Hall Booth Smith Lawyers Recognized as 2024 Best Lawyers® Award Recipients

Hall Booth Smith is pleased to announce that 55 lawyers have been included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. “For more than 40 years, the rigorous methodology of Best Lawyers® has ensured the
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Hall Booth Smith Attorneys Honored by The Best Lawyers In America 2023

Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is pleased to announce 47 lawyers from the firm were honored in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This award is based on an evaluation process that includes a collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from attorneys in the same field. These HBS attorneys
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Veteran Litigator and Former General Counsel H. Eric Hilton Joins HBS as Partner

ATLANTA –  Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to welcome H. Eric Hilton to the firm as a partner in its Atlanta office. With more than two decades of experience as both a trial lawyer and in-house general counsel, Hilton joins as a leading member of HBS’s construction, aging services, employment and government affairs practice
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