Thomas W. Hillier II
Federal Public Defender
Tom Hillier graduated from Gonzaga Law School in 1973 and has practiced criminal defense since. In 1982, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals appointed Mr. Hillier to be the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington. He maintains an active trial practice and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Hillier argued before the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Bagley, 473 U.S. 667 (1985), and returned in March 2008 to argue on behalf of Ahmed Ressam, the “Millennium Bomber.” He has argued before the Ninth Circuit on many occasions. His commitment to the service of others has generated recognition. In 1993 he received the William O. Douglas Award from the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and in the same year he was presented the Angelo Petruss Award by the Washington Bar Association. In 1996 the ACLU of Washington presented Mr. Hillier its William O. Douglas Award, and in 1998 Gonzaga University awarded Tom the Gonzaga Law Medal. In 2005, the Seattle-King County Bar Association recognized Mr. Hillier with its 2005 Outstanding Lawyer Award.