Boston Lawyer: Corporate, Construction, Government Hearings, Employment
Hilary S. Schultz is a graduate of Brandeis University (1971, B.A. and M.A. in Politics) and Yale Law School (1974, J.D.), where she was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Ms. Schultz’s practice focuses on employment disputes, complex civil litigation, corporate transactions, construction disputes and divorce law.
Ms. Schultz joined Engel & Schultz in January 2012 after conducting a solo law practice for nearly fifteen years. In her law practice, Ms. Schultz represented individuals and small businesses in civil litigation, administrative, and divorce proceedings, and in real estate transactions. Ms. Schultz also worked as the in-house counsel for a start-up entity, a special counsel in the health care department of one of Boston’s major law firms, and on a project basis for other attorneys in employment, complex civil litigation and real estate matters.
Earlier in her law career, Ms. Schultz worked as an administrative law judge for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in-house at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and a supervisory attorney at RECOLL Management Corporation, the FDIC contractor that worked out loans made by the Bank of New England after the bank failed in 1990 and in the trial department of a major Boston law firm.
Complex Civil Litigation
Ms. Schultz has worked on a wide variety of complex litigation matters throughout her career. The subject areas have ranged from commercial disputes to copyright infringement; corporate governance to products liability; finance and lender liability to real estate. She has also regularly applied her extensive experience handling discovery, motion practice, and state and federal trials to cases not typically considered complex civil litigation – construction disputes, loan work-outs, divorces involving high net worth parties, health care and insurance coverage. Since joining Engel & Schultz, Ms. Schultz has represented plaintiffs and defendants; individuals and companies. She has obtained six and seven figure judgments against and settlements with investment partnerships, a pharmaceutical company, a government entity and a small construction company. She also successfully defended a small cap public company against shareholder claims.
Ms. Schultz represented a start-up company for approximately four years. During that time, she advised management on a wide variety of issues including internal employment matters, governance and operations; negotiated contracts with state and municipal entities, sanctioning bodies, and suppliers and vendors; and represented the company in financial transactions. Ms. Schultz also worked closely with outside counsel to obtain federal and state trade mark protection for the company’s intellectual property.
At RECOLL Management Corporation, Ms. Schultz managed six other attorneys, advised the senior approval committees, and carried her own workout case load. Ms. Schultz’s loan workout portfolio, representing tens of millions of dollars owed by corporations and real estate partnerships, involved debt restructuring, complex civil litigation and creditors rights in borrowers’ bankruptcy proceedings.
Ms. Schultz has represented hospitals before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board, the administrative body within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid that adjudicates requests for additional Medicare reimbursement. She represented the physician committee at a major New England hospital in connection with physician discipline proceedings. Ms. Schultz represented a developer seeking permits for a gas station in multiple administrative hearings before the Martha’s Vineyard Commission. Since joining Engel & Schultz, she successfully represented a group of former kennel owners seeking additional compensation from a government agency.
When Ms. Schultz was an Assistant Administrative Magistrate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, she presided over hundreds of evidentiary proceedings and prepared decisions for multiple state agencies on a wide variety of disputes. Ms. Schultz’s work for the Rate Setting Commission primarily involved hospitals’ requests for adjustments to their reimbursement rates. Ms. Schultz’s work on behalf of the Contributory Retirement Appeal Board involved adjudicating whether municipal employees were entitled to retirement benefits. Her work on behalf of the Civil Service Commission involved municipal employee discipline, while her work on behalf of several Boards of Registration involved practitioner discipline. Ms. Schultz also adjudicated compensation disputes between construction contractors and the Commonwealth.
Ms. Schultz has dealt with employment disputes from all different perspectives. She has advised companies regarding employment policies, represented companies and individual employees in employment disputes, and acted as the judge resolving employment disputes. In her employment practice at Engel & Schultz, she has represented employees exclusively.
During her nearly forty-year career, Ms. Schultz has practiced law in multiple settings: small firms, mega-firms, litigation boutiques, for the Commonwealth, for a government contractor and a private non-profit entity. She has handled bench trials, jury trials, and complex motion practice; she has argued appeals in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts and conducted or defended hundreds of depositions. Ms. Schultz has also devoted a substantial amount of time to ‘pro bono’ work. She regularly advises Harvard Law students in trial and appellate advocacy techniques. She served as an instructor in Brandeis University’s Politics Department. She served as a Pre-Trial Conferencer in the Boston Municipal Court for more than a dozen years.
Ms. Schultz may be contacted directly by phone or via email at: email@example.com