John Hilson teaches Transactional Skills and Business Deals. He is a former partner and chair of the Finance & Restructuring Group at Paul Hastings LLP, where he specialized in the Uniform Commercial Code, the Bankruptcy Code, suretyship law, and other related areas of commercial law.
Professor Hilson earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Boston University in 1973, and his J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1976. After law school, he clerked for the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1976-77).
Professor Hilson served as the Business Law Section Advisor to the Joint Article 9 Review Committee of the American Law Institute and the Uniform Law Commission. He also serves as a member of the American Law Institute and a fellow (and former member of the Board of Regents) of the American College of Commercial Finance Attorneys. He is a past president and member of the Board of Governors of the Financial Lawyers Conference and has served as a member of the advisory board for the Commercial Law Center at Gonzaga University School of Law. Chambers USA gave him the highest ranking as a “Star Individual” in Banking and Finance, and he has been recommended by state, national, and international peer review organizations such as Law & Politics’ “100 Super Lawyers” and Euromoney’s “Best of the Best.”
Professor Hilson has written and lectured extensively in his areas of specialization, including "Transactional Skills: How to Structure and Document a Deal," (with Professor Stephen Sepinuck) (West Academic Publishing and the American Bar Association, 2015) and being the editor of Asset-Based Lending -- A Practical Guide to Secured Financing (with Katherine Bell) (Practising Law Institute, 8th Ed. 2015) which is generally considered to be the definitive treatise on asset-based lending.