Max Hiltner

Max Hiltner

"Max didn't just keep me out of jail - he got the charges dropped!" - John D.
  • Criminal Law
  • Ohio, West Virginia
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For most lawyers, it’s all about the money. And it could have been for me, too: I landed a cushy, high-paying job right out of law school defending insurance companies from individual claims.

But I realized almost immediately that my heart wasn’t in it.

The job, as comfortable as it was, lacked the rush. And instead of helping people fight their cases in front of juries as a great trial lawyer, I was doing research all day and representing nameless entities I had never even met.

So I quit and decided to start my own firm where I could work exclusively towards becoming the best trial lawyer I could be: a goal I still strive for every single day.

Because the thing about being the best is that you don’t ever stop working for it.

You don’t get complacent.

And you never lose focus.

I protect my clients’ rights as if they’re my own — because they are. If my clients’ rights are infringed upon, then that means everyone’s rights are infringed upon, and we’re all less free.

The singular focus of my firm is that people shouldn't be defined by one mistake.

University of Akron School of Law
Honors: Cum Laude
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Ashland University
B.A. | History, Political Science
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Professional Experience
The Hiltner Law Firm
Attorney / Owner
- Current
Of Counsel
Mills, Mills, Fiely & Lucas
Manage MMFL's criminal defense practice.
Associate Attorney
Mannion & Gray
Law Clerk
Mannion & Gray
Director, Inmate Assistance Program
University of Akron, Legal Clinic
Met weekly one on one with inmates at the Mahoning County Jail. Conducted research on behalf of the inmate, answer general legal questions, and acted as liaison between inmates and the jail administration and with their attorney. Also responded to letters from prisoners in state institutions and answered their legal questions.
Certified Legal Intern
University of Akron, Appellate Review Office
Handle criminal appellate cases from trial court conviction to resolution of the appellate case under the supervision of an attorney. Responsible for all communication with client and court. Draft all motions, briefs, and conduct oral argument.
Volunteer Assistant Track Coach
The University of Akron
Advise and train with middle distance athletes on the men's track team.
Rising Stars
Professional Associations
United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
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United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- Current
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American Bar Association
- Current
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Akron Bar Association
- Current
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
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State Bar of Ohio  # 0090524
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Attorney Services
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West Virginia
West Virginia State Bar
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Practice Area
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
  • English
Websites & Blogs
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Contact & Map
137 King James Way
Akron, OH 44308
Telephone: (330) 475-3164
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