In Memoriam

Sanford J. Hillsberg, June 20, 1948 – February 19, 2019

The TroyGould family mourns the loss of its former Managing Member Sanford. J Hillsberg, who passed away on February 19th at age 70 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Hillsberg joined TroyGould in 1976 and quickly became not only a key member of the firm’s corporate/securities practice, but also a core member of the firm’s management team. In addition to practicing law and managing the firm, Hillsberg was an advisor or board member to many public and private biopharmaceutical companies over the years, especially those developing cancer treatments.

“Sandy was a consummate professional who worked harder than anyone and continued working until his very last days when this long battle with cancer finally got the best of him,” said TroyGould Member Istvan Benko, who chairs the firm’s Corporate Department.

For more than 40 years, Hillsberg specialized in corporate and securities law. His practice focused on the life sciences and technology industries, where he represented many public and private companies in connection with capital-raising, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, licensing transactions, SEC reporting and corporate governance. He was frequently quoted in business and law publications regarding life sciences issues, and in 2016 was named by The Best Lawyers in America as a Best Lawyer in the field of biotechnology. He was also frequently chosen as a Southern California Super Lawyer for his work in the field of securities law.

At TroyGould, Hillsberg also trained and mentored younger staff members, a role he continued in his declining years as he helped manage the firm from the Indian Wells home he shared with his wife, Penny. “He was very loved and respected,” Benko said.

Hillsberg, who was born in New York City, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.