Meet James V Hill | Managing Partner
After graduating with academic honors from Seattle University School of Law, Jim went to work at a law firm that provided legal defense for multiple insurance companies. Working as a lawyer for the insurance companies provided valuable experience and insight into how insurance companies do business, how they value claims, and what they look for when litigating a claim against a plaintiff.
In 2002, with the knowledge and information he learned working as an insurance defense attorney, Jim transitioned his legal practice to focus solely on representing injured people against the insurance companies. Jim’s experience working for insurance companies has given him the knowledge to bring a successful claim for injury and the insight to avoid the pitfalls that exist in the settlement and litigation process. Jim has successfully represented hundreds of Snohomish and King county residents in personal injury claims.
In 2005, Jim Hill had a handful of personal injury clients ask him for help with their applications for Social Security Disability benefits. After successfully helping these clients obtain disability benefits, Jim noticed similarities between the two areas of legal practice. In both instances, injured people needed help fighting for the compensation that they deserved against entities much larger than an individual – whether the fight was against an insurance company or the federal government. Out of that experience grew a passion to help people with disabilities obtain their rightful benefits.
When a physical or mental health condition leaves a person unable to work on a full time, sustained basis, Jim represents the client in all proceedings with the Social Security Administration to get his clients the disability benefits they need and deserve. Most clients have a hearing in front of a federal administrative law judge, and Jim makes sure that his cases are prepared thoroughly and presented in a manner that will best deliver a favorable ruling.
Jim Hill continues to be busy with his vibrant and growing law practice at Russell & Hill, PLLC. He splits his time representing hundreds of local people in both personal injury claims and disability claims.
Areas of Practice
- 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Washington, 2001
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 2002
- U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2002
- Seattle University, School of Law, Seattle, WA – J.D. (Cum Laude)
- Washington State University, Pullman, WA – B.A. (Cum Laude)
Major: Political Science
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Washington State Bar Association
- Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
- Snohomish County Bar Association
- National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
Past Employment Positions
- Law Offices of James V. Hill, Attorney, Sole Practitioner
- Phillips & Webster, PLLC (Insurance Defense), Attorney