Gregg H. Hilzer

Partner

Background

Gregg H. Hilzer is a partner at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden who focuses his practice on cannabis law, white-collar criminal investigations, complex commercial and securities litigation, state and federal regulatory inquiries, and internal investigations.

A growing area of his practice is devoted to advising clients in New Jersey’s medical marijuana and hemp industries. Gregg has experience advising an existing medical marijuana operator as well as representing applicants poised to enter various aspects of the medical marijuana industry.  In both the medical marijuana and hemp spaces, he provides multifaceted legal guidance to business entities and individuals focused on managing risk and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. 

Gregg’s experience also includes complex litigation matters on behalf of financial institutions, multinational corporations, public entities, small businesses, and individuals. A highly skilled litigator, he has successfully represented a wide range of clients in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York. He also has substantial experience representing clients before various regulators, including the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners, and New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics.  His white-collar experience includes defending matters involving allegations of bank, tax and healthcare fraud; commercial bribery; and violations of the False Claim Act. He is also regularly called upon to evaluate his client’s policies and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance and effective risk management.

Along with Pashman Stein partner Raymond M. Brown, Gregg was a member of the legal team that successfully defended U.S. Senator Robert Menendez in Federal District Court against unfounded allegations of public corruption and bribery brought by the federal government.  The trial ended in November 2017 with a hung jury and subsequent mistrial. Shortly thereafter, the Department of Justice dismissed all remaining charges against Senator Menendez.

While in private practice, Gregg also earned his L.L.M. in Banking, Corporate & Finance Law, where he was ranked first in his class with a concentration in government investigations and securities regulation.

Upon graduation from law school, Gregg served as law clerk to The Honorable David B. Rand in the Morris County Superior Court.

Bar/Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

Education

  • B.A., Lehigh University, cum laude, 2000
  • LL.M, Fordham University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2013
  • J.D., Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, 2003

Honors and Accolades

  • The Actum Foundation Prize for distinguished work in the area of Banking, Corporate and Finance Law, Fordham University School of Law