State of Ohio (1983)
United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (1990)
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (1990)
University of Dayton School of Law, Juris Doctorate (1982)
University of Cincinnati, Bachelor of Economics (1979)
American Bar Association
State of Ohio Bar Association
Dayton Bar Association

John P. Hilgeman, ESQ.

John lives in Kettering, Ohio, with his wife, Jenny, and has three grown children.  He graduated from Kettering Archbishop Alter High School in 1975, earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Cincinnati in 1979, and his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1982.  John is licensed to practice law in Ohio and in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.  He has been a member of the Dayton, Ohio State and American Bar Associations since 1983.

From 1981 to 1989, John held various positions with Lexis/Nexis, including management responsibilities in Product Development, Database Operations and Corporate Planning.  He began his private practice working with Dayton Attorney, Jack E. Staley, from 1989 to 1991.  He then worked at the law firm of Altick & Corwin from 1991 until 1994.  John and his current partner, Christopher F. Cowan, formed Cowan & Hilgeman in 1994 and purchased a Downtown Dayton office building, where the firm is still located.  John concentrates his practice on Business Law, Estate Planning and Probate Law, and Family Law.

John has been active in the community, having taught the Dayton Bar Association New Lawyer Training Collection Seminar since 2004.  He has also taught business law and real estate law classes for the American Institute of Paralegal Studies and the Ohio Real Estate Institute. Since 1998, John has conducted more than 300 child custody evaluations as a court appointed Guardian Ad Litem for the Montgomery and Greene County Domestic Relations and Juvenile Courts.  He regularly donates his time to the Dayton Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, assisting hundreds of indigent persons obtain a divorce and was the Project’s first recipient of the Unsung Hero Award which recognized him for his pro bono work.  John has also been invited to appear on the The Dayton Bar Association Lecture Series, both in-person and on television, regarding small business formation and probate matters.  Since 1992, John has also participated in Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas criminal appointment program, and has represented hundreds of indigent defendants involving various felony offenses.

About Cowan & Hilgeman Law

Cowan & Hilgeman has provided legal services for clients in Dayton and Southern Ohio for over 20 years. We allow clients to concentrate all of their legal needs and demands within one firm by having over 70 years combined professional experience. It is our goal to stand behind our pledge "be a name, not a number" ensuring our full commitment to every case.