Hillary W. Coustan

Hillary W. Coustan

Massey & Gail LLP
50 East Washington Street
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60602

Office: 312.283.1590
Direct: 312.379.0950
Fax: 312.379.0467

Hillary W. Coustan

Before joining Massey & Gail LLP, Hillary worked as an associate at Sachnoff & Weaver Ltd. (now Reed Smith LLP) and as a partner at Agrawal Evans LLP in Chicago. She has litigated a variety of claims on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, including securities fraud, deceptive trade practices, unfair competition, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent transfer, consumer fraud, intellectual property, and business torts. Hillary’s practice encompasses all phases of litigation, including discovery, dispositive motion practice, trial, remedies, attorneys’ fees, and appeals.

Hillary W. Coustan graduated from the University of Michigan in 1997, with high honors and highest distinction. In 2002, she graduated from Stanford Law School, with distinction, where she was a Public Interest Fellow and teaching assistant in the Youth and Education Law Clinic. After law school, Hillary clerked for the Honorable Robert W. Gettleman of the U.S. District court for the Northern District of Illinois.


  • Stanford Law School, J.D., with distinction, 2002
  • University of Michigan, B.A., with honors and highest distinction, 1997


  • The Honorable Robert W. Gettleman, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • Illinois

Awards and Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa (University of Michigan)
  • Virginia Voss Memorial Award for Academic Writing (University of Michigan)
  • Stanford Law School Public Interest Fellow


  • “Enabling Legislation: How the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 Amended Ten Years of Supreme Court Precedent,” Litigation Magazine, Vol. 36, No. 1, Fall 2009 (co-author)
  • “The SEC’s Continuing Evolution on Corporate Penalties,” Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute, May 2007 (co-author)
  • “What Educational Resources Do Students Need to Meet California’s Educational Content Standards? A Textual Analysis of California’s Educational Content Standards and Their Implications for Basic Educational Conditions and Resources,” Teachers College Record, Vol. 106, Issue 10, October 2004 (co-author)

Community Involvement

  • Beth Emet Synagogue
    • Executive Committee; Board Member; Family Engagement Liaison (2015-present)
    • Early Childhood Committee Co-Chair (2013-2015)
  • Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies
    • PTA Executive Committee; Education Chairperson (2013-2016)
  • School for Little Children
    • Board Member (2010-2012)
  • Jewish Council for Youth Services
    • Board Member (2004-2008)


  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Adjunct Faculty
    • Disability Law (2003-present)
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Adjunct Faculty
    • Disability Law (2009-2015)
    • Judicial Externship Course (2013-2014)


  • Panelist, “Briefcraft: The Art of Briefwriting,” Natural Resources Defense Council, August 2016
  • Moderator, “New Frontiers: Technology, the Internet and the ADA,” Federal Bar Association, June 2016
  • Moderator, “A Retrospective on the Corey H. Litigation,” Loyola University Chicago School of Law, June 2015
  • Moderator, “The Educational, Social and Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Education,” Loyola University School of Law, May 2013
  • Panelist, “Charter Schools and Special Education,” American University Washington College of Law, February 2011

Representative Matters

  • Represented former CFO against allegations of securities fraud in 11-week jury trial in federal district court.
  • Successfully defended CEO and corporation against allegations of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Obtained summary judgment for corporate client in complex tort case.
  • Represented plaintiff in tortious interference with contract case arising from investment in hedge fund. Case settled shortly before trial.
  • Successfully moved for reconsideration of attorney fee award in federal district court.