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Hilary Kustoff

Associate Attorney

“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant 

 

“My mindset is that of a competitive athlete – put in the work to prepare, step up to the plate for your team, understand the competition, adapt on the fly, find a way to get the job done, keep your eye on the ball, and never show up without a Plan B. 

 

Becoming a lawyer was always a natural fit. I’m a straight shooter with a stubborn soul. What you see is what you get. People trust me because I don’t tell them what they want to hear, I tell them the truth. I strive to be the type of lawyer I would hope to have in a crisis – someone in my corner who leaves no stone left unturned. You don’t get what you don’t ask for in life… so I always ask. NOs are free. 

 

Family is important and it’s worth fighting for. It’s everything! When things get tough you can sink or swim. I practice law to make sure people swim.”

Hilary Kustoff grew up in San Antonio and is the oldest of four children and the fourth generation in her family to practice law in the Bexar County Courthouse. At her core, Hilary is a fighter. Without fail, since the day she could talk, Hilary has been advocating for what is right because it’s the right thing to do. 

 

Prior to joining the Beal Law Firm, Hilary worked as an Assistant District Attorney and as a family law practitioner. As an Assistant District Attorney specializing in family violence, Hilary served as a voice for victims in their darkest hours while simultaneously ensuring that the rights of every defendant were upheld according to the law. This approach to advocacy seamlessly translated into representing clients in domestic disputes as family matters are inherently messy and traumatic.

 

Hilary grew up playing competitive tennis which led her to George Washington University as a Division I student-athlete. In 2013, Hilary graduated summa cum laude from GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs. In the top 1% of her class, she was awarded early induction into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. Majoring in International Affairs with a Middle East Region concentration, Hilary focused her studies on terrorism, world conflicts, and mass genocide. Hilary interned in a US Senator’s office, a foreign embassy, a major lobbying organization, and two public defender offices as an investigator on the DC streets. While in the nation’s capital, Hilary lobbied various members of Congress, attended a presidential inauguration, observed an oral argument at the Supreme Court, stood outside the White House the night Osama Bin Laden was killed, participated in various rallies, and attended political action conferences.

 

Hilary graduated with her Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law where she excelled in both written and oral advocacy winning the Walter P. Gewin Best Brief Award and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Campbell Moot Court Competition. Based on her performance, she was selected for the Moot Court Board and the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team. She gained real-world legal experience working for various district attorney offices and the Federal Public Defender’s office.

EDUCATION

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA SCHOOL OF LAW

Degree: Juris Doctor – Public Interest Certificate of Law – May 2016

 

Honors and Activities:

Academic Merit Scholarship

Equal Justice Works/Americorps JD Segal Education Award

Walter P. Gewin Best Brief Award (Campbell Moot Court Competition)

Oral Rounds Quarterfinalist (Campbell Moot Court Competition)

Moot Court Student Board

Jessup International Law Moot Court Team

Law School Ambassador

Dean’s Community Service Award

Order of Samaritan Public Interest Award

Jewish Law Students Organization, Founder 

Student Bar Association, Student Body Career Services Representative

 

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) – May 2013

Major: International Affairs (Middle East Region Concentration) 

Graduated Top 1% of Class

 

Honors and Activities:

Phi Beta Kappa, Junior Year Election (Top 1% of Class)

Varsity Women’s Tennis Team (Division I – Atlantic 10 Conference)

Presidential Scholarship for Academic Achievement

Dean’s List

GW Student Alliance for Israel, President

GW Acting Politically for Israel (GAP), Legislative Coordinator

The Grassroots Project, NCAA Varsity Athlete Program Facilitator

18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, Team USA

 

TOM C. CLARK HIGH SCHOOL

With Honors (Top 7% of Class) – June 2009

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Beal Law Firm, PLLC – San Antonio, Texas, 2020-Present

Family Law

 

Cordell & Cordell – San Antonio, Texas, 2019-2020

Family Law

 

Bexar County District Attorney’s Office – San Antonio, Texas, 2018-2019

Assistant District Attorney – Family Violence & Appeals 

 

Harris County District Attorney’s Office – Houston, Texas, 2016-2018

Assistant District Attorney & Post-Bar Intern 

 

Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office – Birmingham, Alabama, Fall 2014 & Spring 2016

Student Law Clerk 

 

UA Law Criminal Law Clinic – Tuscaloosa, Alabama Fall 2014 & Spring 2016

Student Intern

 

Dallas County District Attorney’s Office – Dallas, Texas, Split Summer 2015

Student Intern

 

Federal Public Defender’s Office (Northern District of Texas) – Dallas, Texas, Split Summer 2015

Student Law Clerk 

 

UA Law Foreclosure Relief Clinic – Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Spring 2015

Student Intern

 

Pulman, Cappuccio, Pullen, Benson & Jones, LLP – San Antonio, Texas, Summer 2014

Student Summer Associate

 

Public Defender’s Service – Washington, DC, Fall 2012

Student Investigative Fellow

 

Georgetown University Law Center Criminal Justice Clinic – Washington, DC, Summer 2012

Student Investigative Intern

 

The Embassy of Israel – Washington, DC, Fall 2011

Student Public Diplomacy Intern

 

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) – Washington, DC, Fall Summer 2011

Student Diamond Summer Intern – Political Affairs Department 

 

The Office of US Senator Maria Cantwell – Washington, DC, Summer 2010 & Fall 2010

Student Senate Press Intern

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

 

College of the State Bar of Texas

State Bar of Texas

Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas

San Antonio Bar Association

San Antonio Young Lawyers Association

 

LANGUAGES

 

Hebrew – Moderate Fluency