Mr. Hill was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Port Huron. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Michigan State University in 1968, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971. He was admitted to the practice of law in Michigan in 1971, including all courts of the State of Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Real Estate
  • Condemnation Law

Community Involvement

Mr. Hill is actively involved in service to his community. He served as a member of the Board of Directors and President of Child and Family Services of Michigan, Thumb Area Branch, coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball for many years, served as a Director and President of the United Way of St. Clair County and as a Trustee of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County.

Professional Experience

Mr. Hill’s practice is concentrated in the areas of tax and estate planning, probate, estate and trust administration, all aspects of business and real estate law including condemnation, and litigation involving each of those areas.

His estate planning practice ranges from assisting families and individuals with the most modest estates to those requiring sophisticated planning to minimize estate taxes, while keeping in mind the non-tax objectives of individual clients. Mr. Hill’s business law practice includes the planning and formation of business entities, including profit and non-profit corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, acquisition, and sale of businesses, drafting sophisticated business contracts and litigation involving business disputes.

Throughout his career, Mr. Hill has been involved in all aspects of real estate law, representing developers, title insurance companies, lenders, and individuals. He has been involved in subdivision and condominium development and disputes, handling litigation concerning such diverse matters as claims of adverse possession and prescriptive easements, trespass, boundary disputes, and condemnation.

In the highly specialized area of condemnation and the law of eminent domain, Mr. Hill has represented governments and other condemning agencies, as well as private businesses and individual property owners. He has successfully prosecuted condemnation cases for the acquisition of property for public highways, bridges, public water and sewer projects and airports, including navigation (air space) easements, airport expansion and facilities, and natural gas pipeline easements. On behalf of property owners, Mr. Hill has recovered compensation from condemning authorities and negotiated alternative remedies.

His trial experience includes cases in St. Clair, Sanilac, Huron, Lapeer, Macomb, Chippewa, Wayne, Oakland, and Saginaw counties. He has successfully handled appeals to the appellate courts of Michigan and prosecuted administrative matters with state and local agencies.

Professional Memberships/Associations

Mr. Hill has served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for St. Clair County and as a Mediator for the St. Clair County Circuit Court. Since his appointment in 1994 by the Attorney Discipline Board, he has served as a Hearing Panelist with respect to charges of attorney misconduct and discipline.

He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, its Sections on Probate and Estate Planning and Real Property Law, and the St. Clair County Bar Association and the Port Huron Area Estate Planning Council.