Ben Hiltzheimer

Founder/Managing Partner

Ben Hiltzheimer

Ben is an experienced trial lawyer with over 15 years of litigation experience exclusively in the realm of criminal defense. He earned his law degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was trained in trial practice at the nation’s preeminent Public Defender agency, the federally funded Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, described by United States Attorney General Eric Holder as “the best public defender office in the country.”

From 2006 to 2011, Ben served as an attorney at the Public Defender Service, including two years in a litigation role focusing on complex forensics and systemic criminal justice issues in partnership with the Innocence Project, prior to transitioning that experience into the role of trial attorney. In his capacity as trial attorney at the Public Defender Service, he represented indigent individuals charged with felonies in the District of Columbia, from their initial appearance in Superior Court through trial. He has a proven track record of achieving excellent results in front of juries and judges, and is committed to advocacy on behalf of his clients in the face of the substantial power of state and federal governments. Ben has devoted his entire legal career to representing individuals, and has never worked for the other side.

Ben currently lives with his wife and three children in Carrboro.


  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • Criminal Defense Section Member
  • 16th Judicial District Bar Association


  • Owner/Managing Partner: Hiltzheimer Law Office, PLLC, 2011-Present
  • Staff Attorney, Trial Division: The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, 2008-2011
  • Special Litigation and Forensics Fellow (Attorney), The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, 2006-2008

Awards and Recognition

  • 2022, 2023, 2024 Super Lawyers List
  • 2022, 2023, 2024 Best Lawyers List
  • 2019 Rising Star, North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Attorney At Law Magazine Criminal Defense Attorney of the Month
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 under 40
  • Avvo Clients’ Choice Award 2013, 2015


  • J.D., The George Washington University, 2006
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Georgia, 1999
  • B.A., Cognitive Science, University of Georgia, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Federal Courts: Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • California (Inactive Status)
  • District of Columbia (Retired Status)