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George F. Hildebrandt




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George Hildebrandt has tried hundreds of cases in state and federal court in 30 years of practicing law, winning acquittals for clients charged with offenses such as murder, manslaughter, federal and state drug conspiracies, federal firearms violations, robbery, burglary, drug sale and possession, weapons possession and driving while intoxicated.

George has handled many serious criminal matters. Few attorneys have handled as many murder cases. He has represented clients in almost three dozen homicide cases, including in a number of cases where the prosecution considered seeking the death penalty, gaining outright acquittals and convictions on lesser charges in multiple cases. Many of George's cases are high-profile cases which have drawn extensive media coverage.

George has gained a reputation as a respected and skilled criminal defense attorney and trial lawyer. Because of his reputation, considerable trial experience, hard work and thorough preparation, he has both represented other attorneys and frequently been referred cases by attorneys on challenging matters. He is often sought to represent clients in serious and particularly difficult matters.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • DUI/DWI/Driving While Intoxicated
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Drug Crimes and Conspiracies
  • Homicide-Murder, Manslaughter, Vehicular Homicides
  • Federal Criminal Offenses
  • Firearm and Weapon Offenses
  • Felonies
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Motor Vehicle and Motorcycle Accidents
  • Criminal Law
  • Internet -- Cyberspace
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Traffic Violations
  • Defense of Professionals
  • Fraud
  • Laundering
  • Weapons Charges
  • Drug Charges
  • Assault
  • Murder/Homicide/Manslaughter
  • Internet Crimes
  • Sex Crimes

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997


  • Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York
    • Juris Doctor - 05/1984
  • Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs , Syracuse, New York
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 05/1981

Published Works

  • Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes - "Details and Diligence Create an Effective Defense Strategy", Aspatore Books, 2013

Representative Cases

  • U.S. v. Rumble, 714 F.Supp.2d 388, 2010, NDNY, 09?CR?230
  • U.S. v. Jones, 415 F.3d 256, 2005, 2d. Cir, 04-2506-CR
  • People v. Carroll, 136 Misc.2d 589, 1987, Syr. City Ct.

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Past Employment Positions

  • Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, New York, Attorney, 1985 to 1988