Before co-founding Hoppin Grinsell, Tim practiced at Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP and O’Melveny & Myers LLP. He has represented clients in high-profile trials, including plaintiffs in a $13 billion bench trial in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. Tim has also authored multiple amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court on issues ranging from voting rights to drug sentencing policy. Tim graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a Kirkland & Ellis Scholar and member of the University of Chicago Law Review. He also holds a PhD in linguistics and continues to publish on the application of linguistic analysis to legal interpretation.


JD with honors, University of Chicago

  • Kirkland & Ellis Scholar
  • Joseph E. Green Scholar
  • Member, University of Chicago Law Review

PhD (linguistics), University of Chicago

MS (logic and computation), Carnegie Mellon University

AB magna cum laude, Dartmouth College


Hon. Larry S. Hicks, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada


New York


U.S. District Courts

  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Central District of California
  • Northern District of California

U.S. Courts of Appeals

  • Seventh Circuit
Presentations & Publications
  • Semantic Indecision, in Vagueness and Rationality in Language Use and Cognition, 135-152 (2019).
  • Changing Tides: Legalizing Surrogacy in New York, New York Law Journal (March 18, 2016) (with Pamela Miller and Valerie Cohen).
  • An Argument for Vagueness with Holes, in Proceedings of 20th Amsterdam Colloquium, 157-166 (2015).
  • The Best of All Possible Congresses (review of Richard Ekins, The Nature of Legislative Intent), The New Rambler Review (2015), online at