ABOUT

Maxwell Russell Hiltner

I play to win.

Before becoming a lawyer, I planned to be a professional athlete. I went to college on a full athletic scholarship for soccer and track, and didn’t have a particular interest in my studies.

I wanted to compete with the best and be the best.

The first time in my life that I wasn’t competing athletically coincided with my second year of law school, when I took my first trial advocacy class — and something clicked.

I discovered that playing sports and going to trial were a lot alike: they both took a tremendous amount of focus, preparation, endurance, and heart.

ABOUT

Max Hiltner

I play to win.

Before becoming a lawyer, I planned to be a professional athlete. I went to college on a full athletic scholarship for soccer and track, and didn’t have a particular interest in my studies.

I wanted to compete with the best and be the best.

The first time in my life that I wasn’t competing athletically coincided with my second year of law school, when I took my first trial advocacy class — and something clicked.

I discovered that playing sports and going to trial were a lot alike: they both took a tremendous amount of focus, preparation, endurance, and heart.

When I stood in a courtroom, I felt the same rush that I felt scoring a goal or making my last lap around the track. I felt unstoppable. I felt alive.

And I knew I didn’t want to give it up.

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.

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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.

I’ve made plenty of mistakes that I look back on now with remorse. And most of the people I represent are in a similar position, but there’s always more to their story, and sometimes they’re even falsely accused.

I look at it this way: we’re all one mistake away from altering the rest of our lives.

That’s why all of my clients are entitled 24/7 access to me and my staff — including my personal cell number.

I reverse roles with my clients. I try to imagine what it’s like to be in their shoes. And when I tell my clients’ stories to a judge or jury, the rush that I get isn’t just from the thrill of the competition: it’s from knowing that I’m helping someone get their life back.

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

I’ve made plenty of mistakes that I look back on now with remorse. And most of the people I represent are in a similar position, but there’s always more to their story, and sometimes they’re even falsely accused.

I look at it this way: we’re all one mistake away from altering the rest of our lives.

That’s why all of my clients are entitled 24/7 access to me and my staff — including my personal cell number.

I reverse roles with my clients. I try to imagine what it’s like to be in their shoes. And when I tell my clients’ stories to a judge or jury, the rush that I get isn’t just from the thrill of the competition: it’s from knowing that I’m helping someone get their life back.

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.

And I play to win.

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Education

  • Ashland University | B.A., History, Political Science
  • The University of Akron School of Law | J.D., Cum laude | Litigation (Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution) Certification

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Faculty Member at Trial Lawyers College
  • Frequent CLE Speaker
  • Trial Advocacy Course Teacher at University of Akron School of Law

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My promise to you:

I’m going to live this case with you. I’m going to tell your story honestly and compellingly and do everything I can to get you back home to your family.

Because my job is to look out for your rights -- and I take that responsibility very seriously.

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“Max Hiltner is dynamite in the courtroom by connecting with the jury, recalling facts and cultivating good relationships with the opponents and presiding judge. He is professional, dedicated, honest and cares about the livelihood of his clients and their families. He excels in negotiating and hiring experts necessary for a well rounded defense. Max was one of my lawyers that stood between me and a life sentence. Without him on my team I would still be in prison. He will fight for you.”

- Colleen O.

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