Many people view the legal profession as a system of adversaries that must fight with each other day in or day out. Other people view attorneys and their teams as a group of people that are all products of a “buddy/buddy system.” The truth is that we are – both. Every day in the Courtroom we must be adversarial with other for the benefit of our clients and the legal system, but when we exit the courtroom we work together to find solutions to our clients problems. You can not do either of those tasks unless you are civil to each other and respectful of each other.
I did not know John out of the legal system, but he was a pillar of the law in Georgetown County, SC. Unexpectantly, attorney John Hilliard passed away this past Saturday. His wife, Bonnie, stated that he underwent heart surgery on Wednesday and passed away from complications.
John Hilliard had been practicing law for more than 40 years, both as a prosecutor with the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office under former Solicitor Greg Hembree, and as a defense attorney. After leaving the Solicitor’s Office, Hilliard began his private practice career alongside former Georgetown Mayor Tom Rubillo. He opened the Hilliard Law Firm in April 2000. In 2019, he expanded his firm when he opened a second office in Garden City.
People are going to have their own opinions of every attorney they meet, including John and myself. I often joke that the legal system is designed so that only 50% of people will like an attorney – John probably agreed, but there is no denying the impact he had on the law in our corner of the World. You don’t have to be famous to have an impact on a life, you just have to be yourself. There is no denying that John had an impact on many people’s lives in Georgetown County, SC and he will be missed by many in this part of the World.