Elizabeth Geary Hill practices in the areas of commercial litigation, appellate law and agricultural law in both state and federal court. Elizabeth assists clients with a wide range of litigation and appellate issues, as well as transactional business and agricultural needs, including vineyard and winery law. Elizabeth has handled multiple appellate cases and has had the distinct honor of arguing before the Texas Supreme Court, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Amarillo and Austin Courts of Appeals. Elizabeth recently successfully defended against a petition for writ of certiorari before the United States Supreme Court. Elizabeth teaches Vineyard & Winery Law at the Texas Tech School of Law as an Adjunct Professor. Elizabeth was recently presented with the “GOLD” Award (Graduate of the Last Decade) from the Texas Tech School of Law.
A summa cum laude graduate of Texas Tech School of Law, Elizabeth graduated in the top 1.5% of her law school class. During her time at Tech Law, Elizabeth was a two-time national champion in intercollegiate moot court competitions, including the American College of Trial Lawyers’ National Moot Court Competition in 2012. Elizabeth and her team defeated 190 other law schools to emerge with both the best brief and best oral argument in the nation. Elizabeth was named the Best Advocate in Texas by the Texas Young Lawyers Association in conjunction with the State Moot Court Championships. Elizabeth now volunteers as a coach for Tech Law and assisted in coaching the Tech Law national championship team of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition in 2013 and Tech Law national championship team of the National Pretrial Competition in 2015. In addition to her involvement in advocacy, Elizabeth served on the Law Review and was awarded a Best Student Article Award for her published comment discussing agricultural law. While attending law school, Elizabeth worked as a judicial intern to Federal Judge, Sam Cummings.
Other Awards and Honors:
- 2017 Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Star in Commercial Litigation
- Order of the Coif
- National Order of Barristers
- National Champion and Best Advocate, National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition; 2010
Publications and Presentations:
Nature’s Harvest or Man’s Profit: Environmental Shortcuts in the (De)Regulation of Genetically Modified Crops, 44 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 353 (2012).
Growing Texas Wine: A Primer for the Practitioner and a Challenge to the Legislature, 47 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 635 (2015).
Professional Associations and Community Involvement:
- President-Elect, YWCA of Lubbock Board of Directors
- Leadership State Bar of Texas; Class of 2013-14
- State Bar of Texas Jury Service Committee
- Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyer’s Committee
- Volunteer Coach for the Texas Tech School of Law Advocacy Program
- Risk Management Advisor, Kappa Kappa Gamma – Texas Tech Chapter
- American Inns of Court, Associate Member
- President, 2014-15; Lubbock County Women Lawyers
- President-Elect, 2015-16; President, 2016-17; Lubbock Junior Women’s Club
- Director, 2014-15; Lubbock County Young Lawyer’s Association