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Allyson E. Hilliard

Divorce and separation Attorney at Charleston, WV

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In 2003 Ms. Hilliard graduated from law school and was admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and before the Federal District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.  She is also admitted to practice in the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.  While in law school Ms. Hilliard was a member of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity and Who’s Who: American Law Students.  She also received two Book Awards and earned a merit scholarship.  During law school, Ms. Hilliard completed an externship with the United States Department of Justice in Washington D.C. and clerked for a law firm in northern Kentucky.  Upon graduation, she spent two years as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Charles E. King, Jr., Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge.  

In 2005 Ms. Hilliard joined Swartz Law Offices, PLLC where she practiced primarily in the realm of family and domestic relations law.  In 2014 Hilliard & Swartz, LLP was formed.  Since 2005 Ms. Hilliard has devoted nearly 100% of her time to domestic relations cases, including issues involving divorce, equitable distribution, spousal support, child support, parenting, relocation, modifications, prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, etc.  Ms. Hilliard served on the Kanawha County Family Court Bench and Bar Committee for several years and is frequently retained as a private mediator in complex domestic relation matters.

In 2016, Ms. Hilliard was inducted into and granted Fellowship into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”).  The AAML was founded in 1962 and is made up of highly skilled family law litigators and negotiators.  There are currently more than 1650 Fellows in the 50 states; however, West Virginia only has 7.  According to the AAML website, Fellows across the United States are recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity.

Ms. Hilliard is a member of the Kanawha County Bar Association, Judge John A. Field, Jr. American Inn of Court and Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.  In 2014 she was appointed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to serve on the West Virginia Support Enforcement Commission.  Ms. Hilliard was also selected to Super Lawyers, 2014; 2015; 2016 and 2017 West Virginia Rising Stars in the realm of Family Law.  In 2016 Ms. Hilliard was named one of the top ten under 40 Family Law Attorneys, in the State of West Virginia, by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.  In 2016 Allyson was also selected for Membership by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys as one of the “10 Best Under 40” Attorneys for West Virginia, in the practice area of Family Law.

Allyson has coached JV volleyball for Charleston Catholic High School.  In 2008/2009 Ms. Hilliard was a finalist to become a Federal Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, but decided that being a family law attorney was a better fit.  In the spring of 2014 the Bureau reached out to her, again, seeking her admission.  In her spare time Ms. Hilliard runs marathons.  She has completed at least 25.  Her goal is to finish a marathon in all 50 states.  Ms. Hilliard is a member of the 50 States Marathon Club and Marathon Maniacs. Allyson resides in Putnam County with her husband, David W. Epperly, MBA, CPA, ABV, CFF, CVA.

Licensed for 19 years
State WV
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/28/2022

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Hilliard & Swartz, LLP
124 Capitol Street; Suite 201
Charleston, WV, 25301

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Posted by joe | June 18, 2019
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A real lawyer
Allyson Hilliard was very well prepared and has always represented me well. She is very aggressive in the court room and gets the job done. I would highly recommend her. She has really helped me out with my custody battle. If you are looking for a lawyer that will fight for you and your kids she is the one.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2019
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Tough Attorney On My Side
Allyson and her firm really represented me well! She knows divorce and custody law very well and she proactively acted on my behalf even before I knew problems existed. She helped this process to be less stressful than it could have been! She is very efficient, responsive, and thorough in representing her clients! Thanks Allyson for your professional representation in my case and for being such a hard worker!
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Posted by Kayla | November 10, 2018
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Dependable & honest
Allyson represented me in my divorce in 2017. She made the process easy and bearable. Allyson listened to my concerns, responded quickly to all of my e-mails & was always there for me. She will be totally honest with you and won’t simply tell you what you want to hear. I needed that and I needed her at a very vulnerable time and I am thankful for what she and her firm did for me. I highly recommend Allyson.
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Posted by Roger | October 16, 2018
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Awesome Assistance
Allyson and her team were stellar in their representation of me during my recent divorce. Her and her staff's professionalism was very much appreciated, and her compassion for the situation made this almost bearable. She was able to get me a fair and equitable settlement, always keeping my needs at the forefront of every discussion. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone who is in need of a divorce attorney.
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Posted by Greg | October 8, 2018
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Great representation
I can not say enough good things about Allyson and her professional ability. Her knowledge and direction of my case was a positive experience.
Posted by Brianna | October 3, 2018
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Child Custody Case
Allyson E. Hilliard Helped Me Get My Son Back In a Custody Case. She Fought Hard For Me & Was Honest, & Up Front & Was A Tough Lawyer!! She Never Backed Down!! She wanted What Was Best For My Son & I. She Responded Back Very Quickly If I had Any Questions. Her Staff Was On Top of Everything As Well. I Would Highly recommend Allyson Hilliard If U Want A Great Tough Lawyer !!
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2018
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Client
She is relentless on behalf of her clients. Knows the law with respect to divorce. If you want excellent representation regarding property settlement, asset division, retirement evaluation, hire Allyson Hilliard and her team.
Posted by Esta | October 1, 2018
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Excellent
Allison was always easy to talk to and always looked out for my best interest. She made sure I was protected. I would recommend her to anyone!!
Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2014
Extremely Grateful
I am extremely grateful to attorney Allyson Hilliard for her guidance, support, and generosity in helping me get through my recent divorce. I called Allyson because, although my divorce was uncontested and no-fault, I still needed help figuring out all the paperwork and procedures to make sure that I would get through the divorce quickly and smoothly. From the very beginning Allyson was generous with her time on the phone, gave me sound advice, and agreed to help me with the divorce at a very reasonable price. I will always be grateful to Allyson and her team at Swartz Law Offices for getting me through it smoothly and in the most dignified manner possible.
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Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2014
Allyson Hilliard - she is fighting for me during a heated divorce case!
Allyson is tenacious and I felt truly cared about my case and wanted to fight for what was right. She is knowledgeable and well-informed. I have worked with many other lawyers and I am pleased that I went with Allyson through a difficult, hard-fought street battle of a parental time/child support case. I'm glad she was on my side.
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Hilliard & Swartz, LLP
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate
  • Swartz Law Offices, PLLC
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Charles E. King, Jr.
  • West Virginia Supreme Court
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Private Investigator
  • Northern Kentucky Investigative Services
  • 1998 - 2000
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Education

  • Appalachian School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2017 - Present
  • WV Child Support Enforcement Commission
  • Appointed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
  • 2014 - Present
  • Super Lawyers
  • WV Rising Stars - Family Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Kanawha County Bench & Bar Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Judge John A. Field, Jr. American Inn of Court
  • 2004 - Present
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Cum Laude
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • 2000
  • Dean's List
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • 2000
  • Honor's List
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • 2000
  • Scholar's List
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • 2000
  • Honor Society
  • Order of Omega
  • 2000
  • The National Dean’s List
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • 1999
  • Alpha Phi Sigma – The National Criminal Justice Honor Society
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • 1999
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • 1999
  • National Honor Society
  • Golden Key
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • West Virginia State University
  • Legal Aspects of Grandparent Rights/Privileges, Guardianships, etc.
  • 2016
  • The Eleventh Family Court Circuit Bench & Bar Committee
  • Guardian Ad Litem Tips for Attorneys & Attorneys' Tips for the Guardian Ad Litem
  • 2016
  • The Sixteenth Family Court Circuit Bench & Bar Committee
  • Negotiations & Settlements
  • 2012

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General practice Attorney | Oct 02
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Charleston Divorce and separation Lawyer Allyson E. Hilliard
Allyson E. Hilliard
Divorce and separation Attorney
Charleston, WV
Licensed for 19 years