Professor Thomas H. Hill

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Professor Thomas H. Hill

Professor Tom Hill conducts a sophisticated solo business law practice focused on the small and medium-sized client. He specializes in commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, financings, licensing arrangements, joint ventures and dispute resolution. Much of Tom’s work is of an international or cross-border nature and he has worked throughout Europe, as well as Latin America and the Far East. He is bi-lingual in English/German and fluent in Spanish and French.

Prior to beginning his solo practice in 2009, Tom was a Visiting Professor of Law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, teaching courses in Business Organizations, Business Transactions and International Economic Relations. He has also taught and lectured at the Catholic University of Lublin, Wroclaw University, and the University of Gdansk, all in Poland; Peking University in Beijing, China; the Beijing Institute of Technology in China; and Shih Chien University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Before teaching at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Tom had a career of many years at Hunter Douglas NV, a publicly traded Dutch manufacturing company, holding several senior level legal positions, including Vice President and General Counsel of the worldwide Hunter Douglas Group. Previously, he was Senior Counsel, Latin America Division, for the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and an associate lawyer at Fried Frank in New York and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in San Francisco. This background gives Tom a unique perspective on making legal theory relevant to practice and practice relevant to legal theory. He obtained his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law and an LL.M. degree from Columbia University School of Law. Tom has also been a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Private International Law in Hamburg, Germany, and at the UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles. He has published articles in the areas of international trade, foreign sovereign immunities law and international economic law.

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