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Hillary B. Stakem

Hillary B. Stakem


Hillary Stakem is an associate in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s San Diego office, where her practice focuses on complex securities litigation.

Stakem is currently a member of the team litigating actions against leading national credit rating agencies and investment banks for their roles in structuring and rating structured investment vehicles. These cases are among the first to successfully allege fraud against the rating agencies, whose ratings have previously been treated as protected speech under the First Amendment. 

Stakem received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Chinese, magna cum laude, from the College of William and Mary. She earned her Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law. While in law school, Stakem was a Production Editor on the UCLA Law Review, interned at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and worked as a research assistant for Dean Rachel Moran. She also worked as a summer associate at Robbins Geller, joining the Firm upon graduation.

Practice Areas


  • UCLA School of Law, J.D., 2012
  • College of William and Mary, B.A., 2009, magna cum laude 


  • California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California

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