George F. Hildebrandt

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Syracuse, NY

George F. Hildebrandt, Attorney at Law
 | 304 S. Franklin Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 800-672-3523
Fax: 315-478-6503
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Before founding George F. Hildebrandt, Attorney at Law, George F. Hildebrandt graduated from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, with a Bachelor of Arts in 1981, and earned his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law three years later. He has spent over 35 years since then representing clients from the Syracuse metropolitan area and throughout central New York who have been charged with crimes in federal and state courts.

Understanding that no two cases are the same, Mr. Hildebrandt develops a strategy for each based on careful investigation of the circumstances. As a result, he has won acquittals for clients facing charges that include the following: sex offenses; drug conspiracies, possession and sales; weapons possession and federal firearms violations; murder; robbery; burglary; traffic violations; and driving while intoxicated. His extensive knowledge of the legal system allows him to successfully advise clients on the best approach, and he is often able to negotiate a deal for a reduced sentence, suppress evidence or have charges dismissed altogether.

Mr. Hildebrandt is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. For his adherence to legal ethics and his excellent skills, Mr. Hildebrandt received the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.


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Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020

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About George Hildebrandt

Admitted: 1985, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New York, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1997
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes - "Details and Diligence Create an Effective Defense Strategy", Aspatore Books, 2013


  • People v. Carroll, 136 Misc.2d 589 (Syr. City Ct. 1987)
  • U.S. v. Jones, 415 F.3d 256 (2d. Cir 2005)
  • U.S. v. Rumble, 714 F.Supp.2d 388 (NDNY 2010)

Educational Background:

  • Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs , Syracuse, New York, B.A., Bachelor of Arts, May, 1981

Industry Groups

  • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • New York State Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers


  • “I have known George Hildebrandt for over 12 years. He was defense counsel on several cases I prosecuted when I was a Chief Assistant District Attorney in Onondaga County, New York State. I found George very well prepared on the facts as well as legal issues. George impressed me several times with novel and persuasive legal arguments. I tried two murder cases with George as defense counsel and was able to observe first hand is excellent trial skills. One of the murder cases resulted in a full acquittal for his client.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for George F. Hildebrandt

304 S. Franklin Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Phone: 800-672-3523

Fax: 315-478-6503

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Last Updated: 9/22/2020

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