A founding member of the firm, member of its Executive Committee and chair of the firm’s Insolvency and Commercial Bankruptcy practice group, Jim Hill practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency and commercial law. His bankruptcy experience includes representation of creditors, bankruptcy trustees and select bankruptcy debtors in Chapter 11 business reorganization cases, and he has served as a court-appointed examiner. Jim also works regularly with clients on asset sales and acquisitions, on state and federal court receivership cases, and on business workouts, restructuring and dissolution matters, among other commercial law matters.
Jim currently serves as chair of the Business Law Section (BLS) of the State Bar of California, leading this Section’s more than 8,000 business lawyer members and its 15 substantive Standing Committees, including its Insolvency Law Committee, of which he is a former co-chair.
Jim was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and was further recognized in Best Lawyers® as the 2017 Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year” in San Diego. Previously, Jim was named on the San Diego Business Journal’s Best of The Bar list for 2016.
Jim was named Mediator of the Year by the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California in 2013 and again in 2014-2015. He has an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell and was named a Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights as well as Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media. He has also been recognized as a San Diego Super Lawyer in the field of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights (2007-2016) and was named a Top San Diego Lawyer in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by San Diego Magazine.
Jim frequently participates as a moderator, panelist and lecturer at bankruptcy and commercial law seminars and symposiums. Most recently, he served as a moderator and panelist at a joint program of the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum, San Diego Receivers Forum, and the San Diego County Bar Association entitled, “The Collision of Bankruptcy and Receiverships.”
Insolvency and Commercial Bankruptcy
Representation of creditor clients and other parties in Chapter 11
Representation of debtor clients
Representation of bankruptcy trustees, receivers and examiners
Jim is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has been a longtime member of the American Bar Association’s Subcommittee on Business Bankruptcy. He remains an active member and supporter of the San Diego County Bar Association, having served as a director of the San Diego County Bar Foundation from 2008-2011. He is also active in the Bankruptcy Law and Commercial Law Sections of the San Diego County Bar Association, of which he served as section chair for two successive terms from 1985 through 1987. He also served in various officer positions with the San Diego County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is a member of both the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. He is a member of the California Bankruptcy Forum and the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum (having served on its board of directors from 1991 to 1994).
Additionally, Jim is an instrument-rated private pilot and serves as president of the San Diego Flight Corp. (dba San Diego Flying Club), San Diego’s longest operating member owned not-for‐profit flying club.
Jim was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1978 and to the State Bar of California in 1979. He is admitted to practice before all courts of the State of California, before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and before the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California.
While at the University of Texas, he was a member of several academic honor societies, including Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Tau Alpha and the Order of the Coif.