Benjamin Siracusa Hillman

Shareholder / Director
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Ben practices in the interrelated areas of estate planning, probate litigation, and elder law (including Medicaid eligibility). He assists clients with simple and complex estate planning, focusing on the needs of the elderly, retirees and near-retirees, high net worth clients, clients with special needs, same-sex couples, and young families. Licensed in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York, Ben can advise clients whose personal affairs spread across multiple states. Ben also represents clients in probate disputes following the death of a loved one. Ben is sensitive to the emotionally-charged aspects of such matters, creative in reaching a negotiated or litigated resolution, tenacious when necessary, and efficient in avoiding unnecessary litigation costs.

Prior to joining Shaheen and Gordon, Ben was the William J. Brennan Fellow at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union, where he worked in the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. Following law school, Ben clerked for the Honorable Janet C. Hall of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and the Honorable William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

While in law school, Ben was part of a clinical team that litigated a damages action on behalf of a non-citizen who was wrongly detained and deported from the United States; the case eventually reached a successful resolution. He was also a Notes Editor on the Yale Law Journal and a Comments Editor on the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism.


  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York


  • A.B., Harvard College, 2003
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2008
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Janet C. Hall, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, 2008–2009
  • Law Clerk, Honorable William A. Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2009–2010
  • William J. Brennan Fellow, American Civil Liberties Union, 2010–2011
  • Associate Attorney, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., 2011–2016
  • Shareholder/Director, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., 2016—Present

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer Income Tax Preparer
  • Low-Income Taxpayer Assistance Program
  • New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, Legal Panel Member
  • New Hampshire Supreme Court Society, Board Member
  • Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Board Member and Treasurer
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member and New Hampshire Chapter President
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Probate Law Section, Member

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