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Biography and Resume for Thomas G. Hill

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Thomas Hill has been an attorney licensed in Colorado since 2001. He has helped countless individuals obtain and keep disability benefits and has worked with lawmakers and regulators to improve and increase access to health care services. Before representing disability claimants as an attorney in private practice, he worked as Assistant Regional Counsel with the Social Security Administration’s Office of the General Counsel in Denver.

In addition to his Social Security disability law expertise, Mr. Hill has worked extensively in government and regulatory affairs and he served as the law clerk for the presiding judge of the Denver Probate court. He also has experience in estate planning, protective proceedings, civil commitments and trust and estate litigation.

Mr. Hill is a graduate of the University of Denver College of Law and since 2005 has supervised law students working with Legal Aid clients through programs at the law school. He is a member of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Brokers Guild Classic Ltd. - Real Estate Broker Associate
Denver, CO
08/15–present

  • Listing and selling residential real estate.
  • Developing prospective clients.
  • Marketing and promotion of properties and professional services.

Denver Bar Association Court Mediation Service - Mediation Practicum Associate
Denver, CO
03/15–08/15

  • Mediated court cases referred by Denver County Court civil and small claims divisions.
  • Provided administrative support at the Court Mediation Service office.

Colorado Hospital Association - Director of Regulatory Policy
Greenwood Village, CO
02/12–02/15

Accomplishments while in this position included negotiating state regulatory changes favorable to association members and developing collaborative relationships with key officials and decision makers at state regulatory agencies.

  • Represented the association before state Executive Branch agencies and agency rule making bodies and, as needed, before the state legislature.
  • Worked with leadership and staff at state Executive Branch agencies to implement legislation through rulemaking.
  • Served as representative for hospitals on administrative and legislative advisory bodies.
  • Monitored, analyzed, reported on and developed positions on state and federal rulemaking.
  • Prepared association responses to proposed state and federal rulemaking.
  • Coordinated and presented testimony at state rulemaking hearings.
  • Served as association liaison to membership constituencies in the areas of behavioral health, care transition, and post-acute care.

Ackerman Information Corporation - TemporaryGeneral Counsel/Contract Lobbyist
Denver, CO
02/07–10/11

While working here, I regularly negotiated compromises with opponents and other stakeholders in order to further legislation supported by clients of the firm.

  • Represented public sector and private sector clients at the Colorado Capitol in connection with legislation involving consumer credit, elections, energy, food distribution, insurance, jails, land use, law enforcement, motor vehicles, real estate, and taxation.
  • Collaborated with clients, legislators, and other stakeholders to conceive, draft, promote and pass legislation and amendments to legislation.
  • Advocated for clients' positions in support of or opposition to state legislation, administrative policy and rulemaking at state agencies, and ordinances at the county and municipal levels.
  • Distilled complex information down to easy-to-understand verbal and written communications for legislators, state agencies and fiscal analysts to help them with analysis, drafting, and decision making.
  • Developed coalition strategies with other stakeholders to promote, amend or defeat legislation of common interest.
  • Advised clients regarding support and participation in state and federal political campaigns and statewide initiatives and referendums.
  • Monitored, reviewed, analyzed and reported on legislation in multiple states and in Congress, as well as state and federal rulemaking.
  • Coordinated and presented testimony at legislative committee and agency rulemaking hearings and testified on behalf of clients.
  • Provided legal advice and written opinions to clients who requested those services as part of their contract with the firm, in addition to lobbying services.

McDivitt Law Firm, PC - Associate Attorney
Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Denver, CO
07/05–08/06

At this job, I opened the firm's original Denver branch office in 2005 and was solely responsible for its operation.

  • Represented Social Security disability clients at administrative appeal hearings.
  • Negotiated with staff attorneys at the Social Security administrative hearing office to get expedited decisions awarding benefits without a hearing.
  • Wrote briefs requesting reversal of administrative law judge decisions and remand for further proceedings.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY DISTRICT COURT - Judicial Fellowship
Centennial, CO
03/09–10/09

The Honorable Elizabeth A. Weishaupl, 18th Judicial District, Division 405

  • Responsible for duties of law clerk for Judge Weishaupl which included: evaluating and prioritizing case filings for over 600 cases using LexisNexis and Eclipse software, advising Judge Weishaupl on Orders of the Court and on all deadlines, responding to phone inquiries from attorneys and pro se litigants, and coordinating case scheduling with a division clerk
  • Researched and drafted Orders of the Court for all substantive motions and appeals

Social Security Administration Office of the General Counsel, Region VIII - Assistant Regional Counsel
Denver, CO
05/03–04/05

As a member of the office's Training Team, developed a continuing legal education course for Assistant U.S. Attorneys defending Social Security disability appeals in federal court.

  • Wrote briefs supporting the agency's position in program litigation before the U.S. District Courts in South Carolina, Utah, and Montana.
  • Drafted memoranda advising the agency's Regional Commissioner of appropriate action for the agency to take in bankruptcy proceedings involving program beneficiaries.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

University of Denver College of Law- J.D., 2001

Metropolitan State College of Denver - B.A. Journalism, 1987

40-Hour Mediation Training - Denver, CO - January 2015

Capitol Hill Workshop: Politics, Policy, and Process - Washington, DC - September 2009

8-week Colorado Real Estate Practice course – Denver, CO – September-October 2007

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

  • Program developer, presenter, and moderator: Lawyers, Lobbyists, and Legislators - Understanding and Participating in the State Legislative Process, a continuing legal education program sponsored by CLE in Colorado, Inc. Live program and webcast, - November 22, 2011
  • Holographic and Nonconforming Wills - Dispensing With Formalities, The Colorado Lawyer, Part I December 2002 at 57, Part II January 2003 at 53. Cited in In re Estate of Wiltfong, 148 P.3d 465, 468-69 (Colo.App. 2006)

PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITIY SERVICE

  • 2004 - Present - Supervising Attorney - Wills Lab program, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • 2003 - 2005 - Court Appointed Visitor - Denver Probate Court (adult protective proceedings)
  • 2015 - Volunteer Mediator - Denver Bar Association Court Mediation Services and Jefferson County Mediation Services

REGISTRATIONS, LICENSES & PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Colorado attorney registration # 32997
  • Colorado real estate Broker Associate license # FA.100065347
  • Colorado Notary Public Notary ID # 20154029216
  • Member: Denver and Colorado Bar Associations

OTHER EXPERIENCE

  • Associate Attorney - Wade Ash Woods Hill and Farley, PC – Jan. 2002 - Feb. 2003
  • Judicial Law Clerk and Bailiff - Denver Probate Court – Jan. 2001 - Jan. 2002