Hyland Hunt


Hyland Hunt is a founding partner at Deutsch Hunt PLLC, an appellate boutique.  Hyland has been in the business of analyzing complex questions and mitigating uncertainty her entire professional life.  After years as an intelligence officer in the Air Force, Hyland decided that she wanted to shift careers while continuing to work in a problem-solving, analytical field—and appellate litigation proved to be a perfect fit.

Hyland has practiced before the Supreme Court of the United States and federal and state appellate courts throughout the country.  Her practice focuses in particular on administrative law and cases that lie at the intersection of administrative law and other doctrines (e.g., health care and employment law), which often feature a federal agency on the other side of the “v.”

Hyland has extensive experience in handling complex appeals, including developing strategy and authoring briefs.  She has prepared over 60 appellate briefs at every level, including more than 20 briefs at the merits and certiorari stages in the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as briefs in the federal courts of appeals and state appellate courts.  In addition, Hyland has argued appeals before the Sixth Circuit (twice), the D.C. Circuit (twice), and the New Mexico Court of Appeals.  Beyond her work on merits and amicus briefing and arguments, Hyland has an active practice counseling clients on responding to and addressing changing statutes and regulations, particularly in the health care industry.

Hyland served as a law clerk for Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and then for Justice John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court of the United States.  Before founding Deutsch Hunt PLLC with Ruthanne, Hyland was an associate and counsel in the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, in the firm’s Washington, D.C. and Dallas offices, where she was the recipient of the 2012 Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Pro Bono Service Award.

Hyland received her A.B. magna cum laude in government from Harvard University in 1998.  After college, she served as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force before studying law at the University of Michigan Law School.  She received her J.D. summa cum laude in 2008 from Michigan, where she was on the editorial board of the Michigan Law Review.  Hyland has also continued her Air Force service as an officer in the Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation & Appeals

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