187th Criminal District Court

Judge Steven C. Hilbig
Honorable Judge Steven C. Hilbig

187th Criminal District Court

Cadena-Reeves Justice Center
300 Dolorosa, 4th Floor
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210-335-2517
Fax: 210-335-2540

Laurie Smith

Court Coordinator
Phone: 210-335-2242
Email: [email protected]
Judge Steven C. Hilbig was elected to the 187th District Court in 2014. He was born in San Antonio and raised on the eastside of the city. Judge Hilbig attended San Antonio College (Associates in Arts – 1972) and the University of Texas at Austin (Bachelor of Arts (American Studies) – 1974). He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from University of Texas Law School in 1976 and entered the Texas Bar that same year.

Judge Hilbig began his legal career as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Bexar County, Texas in 1977 and served in that capacity until October 1981. At the district attorney's office, he conducted jury trials in a wide variety of cases including capital murders. In October 1981 Judge Hilbig became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas and remained at that office until November 1984. As a federal prosecutor, Judge Hilbig helped conduct criminal investigations and trials of various federal offenses. He also served as a prosecutor on the Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force – a unit focused on the investigation and prosecution of major drug organizations. After leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office, Judge Hilbig established a solo law practice concentrating on criminal defense in state and federal courts.

In 1990, Judge Hilbig was elected Criminal District Attorney for Bexar County and was re-elected in 1994. In 1998 he chose not to seek a third term and returned to private practice. Judge Hilbig initially became Of Counsel with the firm of Sessions & Sessions, L.L.P. and followed this firm when it merged with the firm of Holland & Knight, L.L.P. While working at these firms, he expanded his practice to include civil litigation. In 2002 Judge Hilbig left Holland & Knight and again practiced as a sole practitioner, engaging in criminal defense and civil litigation in state and federal courts.

Judge Hilbig was elected a justice on the Fourth Court of Appeals in 2006. He served six years on the court and authored numerous opinions in criminal and civil matters while serving as a justice. He left the court in 2013 and re-entered private practice serving as Of Counsel to the firm of Prichard Hawkins McFarland & Young.

Judge Hilbig is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in criminal law (1986) and in criminal appellate law (2011). He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He served previously as a director of the National District Attorneys Association, the Texas District & County Attorneys Association, and as a member of the Juvenile Judge Task Force under Governor George Bush.

He has been married to his wife Sylvia since 1975. Together they enjoy an active outdoor life including kayaking, fishing, backpacking, hiking and exploring our national parks.