Carter Hillstrom, Board Certified Trial Attorney
Carter Hillstrom is an AV-Rated Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Expert, and a former prosecutor and journalist. When good people find themselves in difficult legal situations, Carter is committed to helping those people keep their families, liberties and reputation intact.
Prior to entering private practice, Carter served as an Assistant State Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The first attorney in his class to be promoted, he quickly rose through the ranks of the State Attorney’s Office, prosecuting such serious crimes as murder-for-hire, drug trafficking, attempted murder and armed robbery. He successfully prosecuted several high-profile cases, and tried nearly 100 jury trials to verdict. After being honored as the felony prosecutor with the most “career criminal convictions,” he was promoted to the elite Economic Crime Unit, where he handled complex white collar crimes.
Outside our family and criminal law practices, Carter sits as a civil traffic hearing officer in the Broward County Court. He has served on the Florida Bar Rules of Traffic Court Committee since 2016, and currently serves as the committee’s vice-chairman. He also has served on the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, and the Special Joint Subcommittee on “Marsy’s Law.”
Carter attended law school at St. Thomas University on a full academic scholarship. He edited the St. Thomas Law Review, served internships with an appellate judge and the Office of the State Attorney, and graduated a semester early.
Carter received his undergraduate education at the University of Florida, earning a degree in journalism. While at U.F., he was involved in Student Government, Interfraternity Council and Gator Growl; and served as president of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Between U.F. and law school, Carter worked as a journalist, producing interactive news for a major New York cable conglomerate, then for a local television station in Tampa. He also worked as a freelance journalist and independent public relations consultant while in law school.