The Law Offices of John E. Hill

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM - OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE

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Firm Overview

At the Law Offices of John. E. Hill, we have more than thirty years of experience representing injured individuals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Our firm is the recipient of Martindale-Hubbell's "AV" Rating, and John Hill has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer, a ranking of exceptional attorneys in each state. The firm is included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell's guide to the most distinguished law firms in America.

Based on our qualifications and decades of practice in the community, we are prepared to handle even the most serious personal injury claims. We focus on providing clients with personal attention and care, guiding them through all steps in the legal process. With our extensive experience in personal injury actions, employment litigation and general civil trial practice (for a complete list of the firm
Main Office

Main
333 Hegenberger Rd.
Suite 500
Oakland  CA  94621

Phone
  • (510) 588-1000
Fax
  • (510) 729-6333

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

None

Hourly Rates

$200 - $500, depending on the lawyer. Most fees are contingent on result.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

None

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Spanish, Russian

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

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.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I am for it.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by clients.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

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.

John E. Hill

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.

Personal interests:

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.

License
  • Bar Number: 45338
    California , 1970
Education
  • University of Chicago
    J.D. , 1969
    Chicago, IL
    Hinton Moot Court Competition
  • University of Illinois
    A.B. , 1962
    Urbana-Champaign, IL
    Major: Political Science
  • University of Chicago
    J.D. , 1969
    Chicago, IL
    Hinton Moot Court Competition
  • University of Illinois
    A.B. , 1962
    Urbana-Champaign, IL
    Major: Political Science

Daniel A. Stenson

Dan Stenson has been working with John Hill representing injured individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area for over thirty years. He has focused his practice in the areas of Personal Injury Law; Wrongful Death; Products liability Law; Civil Litigation; Employment Law; Medical Negligence; Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries and Premises liability.
Admissions

California, 1978
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Education

J.D., University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), 1978
B.A., with highest honors, University of the Pacific, 1975

Memberships

Alameda-Contra Costa County Bar Association
State Bar of California
American Bar Association
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

Ian M. Cooper

an Cooper practices exclusively in the area of workers' compensation law, and he is a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 from Humboldt State University and his Juris Doctor degree in 1992 from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He was admitted to the California bar in 1992. Mr. Cooper is a member of the State Bar of California and the California Applicants' Attorneys Association.
Admissions

California, 1992

Education

J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1992
B.A., Humboldt State University, 1984

Memberships

State Bar of California
California Applicants' Attorneys Association

Mark J. Shostak

Mark J. Shostak focuses his practice exclusively on workers' compensation matters. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Drexel University and his Juris Doctor degree from the Northeastern University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in California's state and federal courts as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is also licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the California Applicants' Attorneys Association.
Admissions

Massachusetts, 1990
Pennsylvania, 1991
California, 1996
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Education

J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1990
B.S., with honors, Drexel University, 1986

Memberships

State Bar of California
California Applicants' Attorney Association

Inna Bimits

Inna Bimits practices exclusively in the area of workers' compensation law, and she is Certified as a Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Northridge and her Juris Doctor Degree from Southwestern Law School. She is a member of the State Bar of California and the California Applicants' Attorneys Association.
Admissions

California, 2000
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Education

J.D., Southwestern Law School, 2000
B.A., California State University, Northridge, 1996

Memberships

State Bar of California
California Applicants' Attorney Association

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury
Product Liability
Commercial Litigation
Workers' Compensation
Medical Malpractice

Joanne Helvig

Joanne Helvig focuses her practice exclusively on workers' compensation matters. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Santa Cruz with honors, and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law. She is admitted to practice in California and is a member of the State Bar of California and the California Applicants' Attorneys Association.
Admissions

California, 2000
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Education

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 2000
B.A., with honors, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1997

Memberships

State Bar of California
California Applicants' Attorney Association

Enrique Martinez

Enrique Martinez practices exclusively in the area of employment law. He earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Yale University in 1995 and his Juris Doctorate from UCLA Law School in 1999. He was admitted to the California Bar in 2000. Mr. Martinez is a member of the State Bar of California, the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) and the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).
Admissions

California, 2000
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Education

J.D., UCLA Law School, 1999
B.A., Yale University, 1995

Memberships

State Bar of California
California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)

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