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Meet Our New Judges
The Honorable Henry S. Hilles III
Interview by Joel B. Bernbaum, Esq.
In January, three newly
elected Judges were given the
oath of office by President
Judge Thomas M. Del Ricci
before a Courtroom full of
family, friends and members of
the Bar.
Judge Henry Hilles
spent his early years in the
Philadelphia section of Mt.
Airy before his family moved
to Radnor Township. Judge
Hilles attended Germantown
Friends School, William Penn
Charter School, and Radnor High School. He received his
undergraduate and law degrees from Bucknell University and
Temple Law School, respectively.
Judge Hilles started his legal career in 1994 in the Corporate
Department of Dilworth Paxson LLP in Philadelphia. In 1996,
he joined the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office
as a prosecutor. Judge Hilles returned to private practice in
1999, becoming an Associate with the Law Office of Michael
J. D'Aniello, where he handled general civil and medical
malpractice cases before opening his own firm in 2005. As a solo
practitioner, Judge Hilles developed a successful criminal defense
practice while also handling Civil and Orphans' Court matters.
For several years he was a part-time Assistant Montgomery
County Solicitor representing the County with respect to mental
health hearings.
After his inauguration on January 3, 2020 and until the
Covid-19 Emergency, Judge Hilles was assigned to PFA Court
and also presided over Support Exceptions and the Targeted
Opioid Phase "TOP" Program. Since the partial resumption of
the Court, Judge Hilles has handled Criminal Miscellaneous
matters and, more recently, presided over Custody Trials. With
respect to his most recent assignment, Judge Hilles has been
impressed with the professionalism of the Family Bar, specifically
noting that the attorneys have been prepared and knowledgeable
while remaining open to resolving matters in the best interest of
the children.
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Judge Hilles is proud of his legal career representing clients,
who are often in difficult circumstances. He is excited by the
opportunity to serve the citizens of Montgomery County as a
Common Pleas Court Judge and is confident he is up to the
challenge of effectuating justice while positively working with
the many people who will appear before him.
Judge Hilles is married and has two children, ages 19 and 22.

The Honorable Virgil B. Walker
Interview by Dennis R. Meakim, Esq.
Virgil Walker was raised
in what was then a very rural
Virginia Beach, VA. His greatgrandparents were emancipated
slaves who purchased
farmland, which was worked
by and divided amongst
family members through the
generations. Judge Walker
recalls a childhood full of
family. Despite the fact that he
has no siblings, he was brought
up surrounded by family
members who were always
close by, helped each other and
worked hard.
As a young adult, Judge Walker attended Virginia Union
University in Richmond. In addition to The Honorable Virgil
B. Walker, notable alumni include former NBA stars Charles
Oakley and Ben Wallace, along with Douglas Wilder, former
governor of Virginia. While finishing his studies at Virginia
Union, it was recommended to Judge Walker that he look into
North Carolina Central University Law School. Judge Walker's
work ethic became apparent during the periods he worked nearly
full-time while attending law school at NCC.
After graduation, Judge Walker started his legal career in
the Public Defender's office in Harrisburg, PA. A move to a
staff position in the Office of the City Solicitor in Philadelphia
and a promotion to Chief Assistant City Solicitor in the Civil
Rights department followed. Shortly thereafter, Judge Walker
joined the Office of the US Attorney in Philadelphia where he


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