H. Eric Hilton
Direct Dial: 770.951.7333
H. Eric Hilton is a Partner in the Construction, CGL and Business Liability, Government Affairs, and Labor and Employment practices at Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP, and represents a variety of business types including construction general contractors, engineering firms, retail companies, property owners, property management firms, real estate development companies and hospitality industry clients. Mr. Hilton has successfully tried cases in both state and federal courts and has appeared in numerous multi-party arbitration proceedings and mediations.
Mr. Hilton handles a wide range of construction related matters to include defect, payment claims, delay and schedule, performance, and contract disputes. He also drafts and negotiates construction contracts and various business agreements. Mr. Hilton also represents property owners and managers in cases involving mold and toxic substance exposure, negligent security, wrongful death, personal injury and premises liability.
Mr. Hilton also has significant experience in labor and employment law, handling claims under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA and various state laws. He handles labor matters with a particular focus on the hospitality industry.
Additionally, Mr. Hilton serves as outside general counsel for a number of his clients. In his role, he assists clients with the day-to-day legal needs of the organization, to include general legal advice, contracts, human resources matters and corporate governance.
Mr. Hilton also serves on the Board of Directors for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Inc. and the Latin American Association, is a member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., a 2012 Alumnus of Leadership Atlanta, and also serves on Fernbank Museum’s Corporate Leadership Council. He received his B.S. degree from Hampton University and his law degree from the George Washington University Law School.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hilton served for ten years as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for a national multifaceted construction, real estate development and property management firm. He also oversaw the legal affairs of the company’s affiliates, to include its airport concessions, restaurant and hotel interests. In 2012, Eric received the Outstanding General Counsel Award (solo) from the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Association of Corporate Counsel, Georgia Chapter.
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- Construction and Design Law
- CGL and Business Liability
- Government Law
- Labor and Employment Law
- District of Columbia
- All Georgia State Courts
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- Court of Appeals of Georgia
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- George Washington University Law School, J.D.
- Hampton University, B.S., Economics
- Bobian v. Marriott International Inc. and Interstate Hotels Corp.. Circuit Court for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orange County, Florida (October 1998). Employment claims of race discrimination and retaliation. Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed all claims after Plaintiff’s deposition.
- Remmers v. Remington Hotels Corp., 56 F. Supp.2d 1046 (S.D. Ind. 1999). Claims for breach of contract, quasi-contract and fraud/misrepresentation. Summary Judgment granted in favor of Remington Hotels Corporation on all counts.
- Aybar v. Concessions International, Inc., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (November 1999). Employment claims for national origin discrimination, harassment, negligent infliction of emotional distress and negligent supervision and equal pay. Case dismissed on motion following Plaintiff’s deposition.
- Rusch v. OS Restaurant Services, Inc., et al. No. 1:03-CV-1105-RLV, US. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (August 10, 2004). Same sex harassment and discrimination claims. Summary Judgment granted in favor of defendants on all claims.
- McBurnett v. Spriggle, 2000CV27974, Superior Court of Fulton County, GA (August 15, 2001). Breach of contract and fraud claims (representing plaintiff). Jury verdict and award of damages in favor of client with award of attorney fees in conversion matter.
- Cleveland v. Barko Response Team, Inc. et al; 14EV000280H, State Court of Fulton County, GA (December 9, 2016). Loss of earnings and punitive damage claim against individual defendant. Summary Judgment granted in favor of individual defendant.
- Barko Response Team, Inc. v. Sudduth, 795 S.E.2d 198, Georgia Court of Appeals, (December 19, 2016). Personal injury claim against contractor related to alleged mold exposure. Trial court’s denial of summary judgment reversed and summary judgment in favor of contractor on personal injury claim granted. On Appellate brief and oral argument before Georgia Court of Appeals.
- State Bar of Georgia
- District of Columbia Bar
- American Bar Association
- Association of Corporate Counsel, Georgia Chapter, Past Board Member at Large (2011-2013)
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association (2004-2013)
- National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession, Past Advisory Board Member
- Georgia Hispanic Construction Association
- National Bar Association, Commercial Law Section
- Defense Research Institute, Construction Law Committee
- Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Construction Committee
- Board Member, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
- Board Member, the Latin American Association
- 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., Bylaw Committee Co-Chair
- Past Board Member, the Georgia Radio Reading Service, Inc.
- The Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Corporate Leadership Council
- Outstanding General Counsel Award, Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Association of Corporate Counsel, 2012
- "On the Rise - 15 Lawyers Under 40 to Watch," Fulton County Daily Report, 2007