The firm was established in 1992. The Law Offices of John Hill carries on the tradition of excellence that is the hallmark of its principal, me, and my mentor, the late Melvin M. Belli.
In cases that have garnered national attention and those that have not, I have time and again brought juries around to his point of view. Not only am I at home in the courtroom, my skills as an artful negotiator have been proven time and again.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of John Hill have a great diversity of legal practice and experience. Whether handling business litigation, personal injury actions, or claims for injured workers, the attorneys working with me have shown that they too can produce the results their clients desire and deserve.
In 1975, then only six years out of law school, I won an acquittal on five murder charges for my client in the second longest trial in California history (18 months), commonly remembered as the trial of the San Quentin Six.
In 1996 and again in 1999 (on a retrial of damages), I won a seven figure verdict for my client, Tarkington O'Conner, O'Niell, a law firm, against Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, for defamatory statements that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.
These cases highlight a theme that have been present throughout my career: victory in complex cases, founded upon a mastery of the art of advocacy.
8105 Edgewater Drive
Oakland CA 94621
$200 - $500, depending on the lawyer. Most fees are contingent on result.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Personal injury, business torts and contract suits and medical malpractice cases were what I started doing after law school with Melvin Belli, and I have continued to do that.
I am for it.
I am willing to review documents prepared by clients.
I would not encourage clients to represent themselves, because I subscribe to the notion that the lawyer who represents himself or herself has a fool for a client.
Associate of Melvin Belli's law firm from 1969 to 1974.
Principal in Hill, Schwartz & Stenson from 1974 to 1992.
After graduation from law school, I spent several years doing trials with Melvin Belli, at the time, the country's most well known and accomplished tort trial lawyer. I also served as co-counsel for one of the defendants in the San Quentin Six Trial, which lasted a year and a half. The famous trial attorney, Charles Geary, represented one of the other defendants, and I learned immensely from him.
I actively attend trial practice seminars with respect to the new methods of trial practice in light of The Tort Reform Era. The extensive trial practice has been the best experience and education, and I am a Civil Trial Advocate certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy which is accredited by the State Bar of California.
I love what I do. With extensive "hands on" trial experience, I am able to evaluate matters quickly and help clients understand what they will face in the litigation process. My clients can take comfort in the fact that they have chosen to work with an attorney who will work to understand what they are going through, knows what needs to be done, and will see matters through to their rightful conclusion.
I have great respect for the law and for the law's ability to help my clients who trust in the law for help in their time of need. I put my trust in my clients, and I work to create a bond that allows them to put their trust in me. My word is my bond, and I strive for professionalism in all aspects of my work.
My personal interests include the study of Vendanta and yearly trips to India for that purpose; my family; social justice; national seminars and meetings on trial techniques, methods and theory; my dog Leeloo; season tickets to the 49ers.
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