- Malone Allen
- Thomas E. Austin, Jr
- Diana S. Barber
- Jeffrey N. Berman
- Lea C. Dearing
- Henry M. Feinstein
- Benjamin I. Fink
- Lauren S. Frisch
- Lydia M. Hilton
- Lawrence C. Kasmen
- Alan E. Lubel
- Lisa S. Morchower
- Ruari J. O’Sullivan
- Daniel H. Park
- William J. Piercy
- Thomas E. Sowers
- Charles H. Van Horn
- Neal F. Weinrich
- Kenneth N. Winkler
Lydia M. Hilton
Lydia's BioLydia Hilton knows drones. Yes, drones. Having spent more than 25 years concentrating on real estate litigation and bankruptcy matters, today Lydia applies that versatility to the highly entrepreneurial business opportunities within unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), a/k/a “drones.” In fact, she... Read More
- “Keeping Up With The Drones,” Ultimate Magazine, the official magazine for air shuttle, January/February 2018
- Co-author: “Public Service Announcement, Unmanned Aircraft Systems.” Produced by the State Bar of Georgia, Aviation Section, June 2016
- Selected Bankruptcy Issues, Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers, NBI, Inc., 2012
- Commercial and Real Estate Loan Documents: More Than Just Papers in Georgia, Session on Ethics and Foreclosure-Assistance Fraud, April 26, 2006 (sponsored by Lorman Education Services)
- Cross Examination of Experts, Keeping Experts Out, Getting Experts In: From the Defendant’s Perspective at ICLE and State
Bar of Georgia’s Products Liability Section, Atlanta Georgia, November 9, 2001
- Recent Developments in Georgia Evidence Law, 2001
Contributing Author, “Daubert – The law in the Eleventh Circuit,” Product Liability Attorneys Council (PLAC) Deskbook on Scientific Evidence (2000, 2001)
Lydia Hilton knows drones. Yes, drones. Having spent more than 25 years concentrating on real estate litigation and bankruptcy matters, today Lydia applies that versatility to the highly entrepreneurial business opportunities within unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), a/k/a “drones.” In fact, she is rapidly establishing herself as a recognized speaker and presenter in this arena.
An advisor on day-to-day operational and compliance matters, Lydia devises strategies to mitigate risks and achieve her client’s business goals. In the drone arena, she addresses the legal implications of businesses that are considering or operating a drone program, including the liabilities of drone operation to provide advice; business documents; privacy policies; compliance; NDAs; and litigation services.
A member of the Aviation Section of the State Bar of Georgia, Ms. Hilton co-authored and co-anchored the State Bar’s public safety announcement regarding the safe flying of small UAS. She presented on issues related to unmanned aircraft at the Georgia Airports Association and at The Seminar Group’s “Drone Law.” Ms. Hilton is a member of the American Bar Associations’ Forum on Air and Space Law and the Subcommittee on Drones: Regulations, Operations, and Litigation.
Ms. Hilton grew up in Brentwood, Tennessee. She received her law degree from Emory University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University. She lives in Buckhead with her husband.
Lydia's Honors & Awards
Lydia's Success Stories
Lydia's Community Involvement
Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (2017 – present)
Speaker, “Communicating the Purpose of UAV’s to Stakeholders to Eliminate Skepticism.” Unmanned Systems for Utilities, Marcus Evans Conferences North America – Atlanta, Georgia. (April 27, 2017)
Speaker, “You are Here: Past, Present and Future of sUAS.” Unmanned Systems for Utilities, Marcus Evans Conferences North America – Atlanta, Georgia. (April 27, 2017)
Speaker, “Risk Management Issues for Manufacturers and Operators.” Drone Law, The Seminar Group – Atlanta, Georgia. (Nov. 2, 2016)
Speaker, “Legal Issues for Drones.” Drones and Film hosted by Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace and Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office – Atlanta, Georgia. (August 31, 2016)
Speaker, “UAS Here and Now: What Role Does the Airport Play.” (October 26-27, 2016). Georgia Airports Association Annual Meeting, Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Co-Speaker, “Public Service Announcement, Unmanned Aircraft Systems.” Produced by the State Bar of Georgia, Aviation Section. (June 2016)
Speaker, Curing “Title Defects During Foreclosure.” Title Workshop, National Business Institute – Atlanta, Georgia. (June 6, 2016)
Speaker, “Initiating A Quiet Title Action.” Quiet Title Actions in Georgia– National Business Institute – Atlanta, Georgia. (June 2, 2015)
Speaker, “Selected Bankruptcy Issues.” Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers”- National Business Institute – Atlanta, Georgia. (October 15, 2012)
Speaker, “Commercial and Real Estate Loan Documents: More Than Just Papers in Georgia.” Lorman Education Services – Atlanta, Georgia. (April 26, 2006)
Speaker, “Cross-Examination of Experts.” Keeping Experts Out, Getting Experts In: From the Defendant’s Perspective, continuing legal education seminar sponsored by ICLE and State Bar of Georgia’s Products Liability Section – Atlanta Georgia. (November 9, 2001)
Lydia's Representative Matters
- A banking client held what appeared to be an uncollectible $2 MM judgment against a high-net worth Chapter 7 debtor. Through meticulous but precisely targeted investigation and document review uncovered substantial undisclosed cash and real estate, leading to significant recovery where none was thought possible.
- Represented private investor with multi-million dollar claim in objection to discharge litigation, uncovering decades long fraudulent-transfer scheme and misconduct in prior bankruptcy case, all of which exposed significant unreported assets controlled in spouse’s name and allowing bankruptcy trustee to seek recovery of millions of dollars.
- National fast-food franchisor was sued by failed franchisee who claimed “lack of training.” By putting together detailed timeline through interviews with former employees positioned client for settlement at a fraction of the multi-million dollar demand.
- Banking client was sued for lender liability in response to foreclosure and debtor later sought to subordinate claim in bankruptcy. By keeping pressure in Chapter 11 debtor to substantiate claims and comply with procedural rules, was able to force settlement involving no payments.
- Environmental engineering firm was sued two years after termination of failed project by trustee for defaulting borrower which claimed unlawful set off. By establishing defenses and taking steps to block sharp litigation practices, was able to force favorable settlement in relatively short time that allowed client to meet goal of putting matter behind it.
- Engineering firm held aged invoices from defunct communications firm. By tracking down out of state defendant and uncovering overlooked, but legally significant defects in opposing party’s documents was able to recover partial payment.
- Distressed Architectural services firm was being charged above-market rents and facing eviction on short notice. Through analysis of financial data and history of company negotiated additional time for vacating former premises and then negotiated new lease in same area with at-market rates.
- Major building-materials supplier sued for preference. By reconstructing payment records was able to reduce liability.
- Commercial landlord was plagued by chronically late-paying, non-performing tenant. By correctly predicting tenant’s bankruptcy and then implementing pre-bankruptcy plan to prevent assumption of lease, obtained all pre-and post-petition rent until tenant vacated premises.
- Represented owners and title companies in real estate matters, including disputes over easements, right-of-ways, and title defects.
– United States Supreme Court
– Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
– Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
B.A., Wake Forest University, Cum Laude
J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1987