Matthew J. Hill

Matthew J. Hill

Managing Attorney since 2010
Location:
San Marcos, Texas
Phone:
512-667-7505
Fax:
866-506-2440
Email:
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During law school, and even before, Matthew Hill gained a broad understanding of the practice of law having interned and clerked for a Texas County District Attorney’s Office (twice), a Texas District Court Judge, a large Civil Defense firm, and for the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office in San Antonio. Upon receiving his license from the Texas Supreme Court, Mr. Hill struck out on his own and began his legal career operating his own firm, albeit on a much smaller scale than M. J. Hill & Associates, PLLC.

In June 2007 he began working for what became one of San Marcos' largest litigation firms. After three and one half years, Mr. Hill decided it was time to make a change and in December 2010 he left his former firm, and opened the doors to M. J. Hill & Associates, PLLC in January 2011 as the firm's President and Managing Attorney.

During his career Mr. Hill has been responsible for litigating matters in both state and federal courts on behalf of numerous clients. This includes spending over two and one half years very early in his career defending and litigating an alleged $20 million lawsuit in federal court, which was ultimately resolved in his client's favor. Having survived that “trial by fire,” he applies the experience he gained to the firm's litigation practice, whether a matter involves general or complex disputes, or appealing an adverse decision to the appropriate court. Mr. Hill has a unique ability to think outside the box, asserting novel legal theories and arguments, and his approach has proven itself time and again to benefit his clients.

Mr. Hill is a litigation attorney with a practice focus on family and divorce law. He also maintains a selective criminal defense and general litigation practice. Mr. Hill has experience in all phases of litigation and trial, ranging from the simple drafting of documents to arguing cases before courts and juries. He has experience as a trial attorney, has appeared and argued countless hearings, taken and defended numerous depositions, represented clients in dozens of formal and informal mediations, and his most recent jury trial was in March 2012. Mr. Hill does not like watching from the sidelines, he much prefers being in the game.

On a personal note, Mr. Hill was born in Casper, Wyoming, and lived in seven different cities all over the state since first moving to Texas in 1981. He and his wife currently make their home with their two young children in the hill country between San Antonio and Austin. In what spare time he has, Mr. Hill enjoys spending time with his family, participating in community events and working with local groups and charities, and when possible sneaking away to fish the saltwater bays along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2007
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Texas, 2007

Education

  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • Juris Doctor - May, 2006
    • Honors: Dean's Scholarship Recipient, 2003 - 2004
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - December, 2002
    • Honors: Distinguished Student - College of Liberal Arts, Fall 2001
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Web Articles: “Are you considering a divorce? Are you prepared for the changes?” March 2014
  • Web Articles: “Gay marriage cases again bring debate to Texas,” January 2014
  • Web Articles: “Texas family law: pros and cons of pro se divorce and divorce forms,” August 2013
  • Web Articles: “Making your joint child custody arrangement in Texas work,” May 2013

Classes/Seminars

  • Presenter/Speaker: “Navigating the Spine Chilling Waters of the ‘New’ Rule 21", Hays County Bench Bar Conference, October 2014
  • Presenter/Speaker: “How to Use the Internet to Get Information For Your Case”, Family Law Essentials CLE Seminar, September 2013
  • Certificate of Completion of 40 Hour Basic Mediation Training, Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, University of Texas School of Law, TMTR Approved Course/Program, 2014
  • Certificate of Completion of 30 Hour Advanced Family Law Mediation Training, A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, University of Houston Law Center, TMTR Approved Course/Program, anticipated 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Lead Counsel Rated/Peer Recommended, Leadcounsel.org, 2012 - 2014
  • Peer Endorsed, 9.8/10 Rating, AVVO.com

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association - Family Law, Dispute Resolution, and Litigation Sections
  • Comal County Bar Association
  • Hays County Bar Association
  • Hays County Bar Association, Member of Board of Directors, 2013-2014, 2014-2015 terms
  • San Antonio Bar Association - Family Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas - Family Law, Dispute Resolution, and Litigation Sections
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas, Maintaining Member

Languages

  • English (Primary)

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi