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Background

Dick Hill is a business lawyer having extensive experience advising and representing business entities and owners on structure, governance, operations, taxation and transactions (e.g., acquisitions, real property and various business contracts).  Also holding an engineering degree, he is comfortable with numbers, understands spreadsheets, balance sheets, income statements and how they relate to business operations.  Dick served for 20+ years as Secretary and outside General Counsel for the US parent and US subsidiary companies of a worldwide leader in the animal health industry, through several changes of ownership, from publicly-held in two countries to private equity ownership in three more countries – its last sale being valued above $1 Billion – with a record of success advising on core practice areas, above, and managing litigation across the US. He has advised and represented clients in manufacturing, commercial and service industries with respect to substantial transactions for real, personal and intellectual property involving privately-held companies and those listed on major exchanges, always with a view to maximizing the return on their investment in legal fees.

In addition to business entities, Dick has advised and represented law firms, lawyers, doctors, India Indians, American Indians and once worked under a real Indian Chief.  He lived for years in major cities on the East Coast, the West Coast and spent many summers and holidays on Midwestern family farms – he remembers fondly when his grandmother got her first indoor water supply, a hand-operated kitchen pump.  He has spent countless hours in factories and operated a variety of industrial machinery; he is as comfortable on the shop floor as in the C-Suite where he has a reputation for clarity and common sense.

Dick enjoys assisting other lawyers and been active in the legal community, having served as a Director of several legal nonprofits and been recognized for his service in various leadership positions.  Additional information is available here.

After decades on the Westside (the sole tenant of a respected multi-state IP firm with whom he often worked), he relocated to Woodland Hills, trading his scenic mountain and coastline commute for a much shorter one to the vibrant Warner Center community.  The move also allowed more time to focus on estate planning, a practice previously limited to existing business clients.

 

Practice Areas 

Business Law:

·      Startups and established businesses

·      Corporations, LLCs, Partnerships, including LLPs

·      Structure, Formation, Governance, Operation, Acquisitions, Dissolutions

Estate Planning:

·      Structuring, Drafting, Funding and Administering Trusts

·      Durable Powers of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directives

·      Wills and Probate

Real Property:

·      Commercial and Residential

·      Purchase, Sale and Leasing