Jonathan Hiles

Since 2013, Mr. Hiles has worked on the federal civil rights lawsuit of a wrongfully convicted client whom he continues to represent.

Our commitment to securing justice and providing the best representation possible is reflected in a commitment to diversity within our own firm. At Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, we know better than to think the best attorneys look alike, sound alike, think alike, or live alike. What matters is talent, and we hire the best talent available.

As a result, our team more accurately mirrors America. Women, minority, and/or openly gay lawyers make up the majority of our staff. A passion for social justice unites our team - we all work to use the power of law to help create and enforce a more just society.

Jonathan Hiles is an Associate in the New York office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. He received a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Brown University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Mr. Hiles clerked for the Honorable Richard Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Since 2013, Mr. Hiles has worked on the federal civil rights lawsuit of a wrongfully convicted client whom he continues to represent. During law school, Mr. Hiles served as a leader of Divest Harvard, which advocates divestment from fossil fuel companies. He also served as a student attorney in the Harvard Law School Predatory Lending Clinic.

Before law school, Mr. Hiles taught English at a public school in Jackson, Mississippi through Teach for America.

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2016
  • B.A., Brown University, 2010, magna cum laude

Clinics

  • Harvard Law School Predatory Lending Clinic

Clerkships

  • Honorable Richard Berman, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2017

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2018
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2018

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