Randy Hillman is the driving force behind the L.E.A.D.E.R. organization. Born and raised in Saraland, AL, he is no stranger to hard work. After putting himself through college and law school at the University of West Alabama and Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, respectively, Randy has spent his professional life fighting the good fight and earning an impeccable reputation of honesty, great work ethic, tenacity and loyalty.
For the 25 years preceding his retirement in 2016, Randy was a career prosecutor. As Chief Assistant District Attorney for Shelby County, AL from 1993-2001, his courtroom and prosecutorial tenure was spent running complex investigations and prosecuting hundreds of felony cases that include capital murder, violent felonies, and white collar crimes.
As Executive Director of the Alabama District Attorney's Association/Alabama Office of Prosecution Services from 2001 to 2016, he was ADAA's chief legislative liaison/advisor in the Alabama Legislature, and with the US Congress in Washington D.C. In this role, he drafted, helped draft and/or significantly influenced the passage of over 300 new laws or revisions to current law and had a significant impact on innumerable criminal justice policies and practices. Examples of these include: model synthetic drug legislation, model digital device and electronic crimes legislation, improved collection of restitution for victims, pre-trial diversion programs, human trafficking legislation and countless others. He was also directly responsible for a budget of over $100 million and 1200 District Attorney employees state-wide.
Randy has testified in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on multiple occasions on subjects ranging from the impact of properly funding forensic sciences, to juvenile justice issues, to the dangers to law enforcement of encrypting digital devices. He has also testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services regarding the impact of computer fraud and theft on the financial services industry in the U.S.
Randy resides in Alabaster, Alabama with his family.
- 1989 - 2001 - Lead Prosecutor in numerous high-profile cases, several of these are featured on "48 Hours", "Amercia's Most Wanted" and "I (Almost) Got Away With it"
- 2006 - Founder of Alabama Computer Forensics Labs Program, Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville, AL
- 2007 - Founder, National Computer Forensics Institute, Hoover, AL
- First of its kind trainng facility for state and local law enforcement, prosecutors, and trial judges utilizing 14 separate curricula on all aspects of digital evidence.
- Partners include Alabama District Attorney's Association, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service, State of Alabama, and City of Hoover.
- 5800 trainees to date from all 50 U.S. states and 3 U.S. territories.
- 2010 - Co-Founder of Operation Swordphish, Birmingham, AL
- Developed new methods for uncovering and reporting cybercrime/internet fraud cases to state and local law enforcement and prosectors.
- Partner with University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- 2011- Co-Creator of the Zerometh Project, State of Alabama
- Multi-million dollar state-wide anti-methamphetamine campaign.
- 2011 Addy award winner - best public service announcement in USA.
- 2014 - Co-Author of the Alabama Digital Crime Act (Act 2012-432)
- 2011 - Present - Vice-President of the University of West Alabama Board of Trustees