2011 Lawyers of the Year: Douglas J. Hill

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Best Lawyers has named individuals as Lawyers of the Year in Indiana, based on their particularly high level of peer recognition.

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For more than 50 years Douglas J. Hill hasserved as a problem solver through the practice of law. Today, he spends about half of his time working in mediation and arbitration. He spends the other half chairing medical review panels.

“Here in Marion County, the court orders that cases go to mediation before they are heard by a jury,” Hill says. “Most cases that are filed wind up in mediation of some kind.”

Hill earned an LLB from the University of Michigan in 1960 and founded present-day Hill Fulwider McDowell Funk & Matthews in 1981.

“Mediation can resolve issues with a lot less expense than taking it through trial, and it allows the people that are involved to decide their own fate by choosing whether to settle or not,” Hill says.“It takes away the uncertainty of an outcome attrial, as about 75% to 80% of the cases that are mediated are settled.”

The Indianapolis Bar Association honored Hill with the Professionalism Award in 2005. He has been selected for inclusion by The Best Lawyers in America® since 2005 and Super Lawyers since 2003.

“I intend to continue my current practice as long as my health will permit and people want me to continue working with them and for them,” Hill says. “Our firm has established itself as a fairly solid firm and will go on even when after I quit practicing.”

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Ashley Cisneros Mejia is a journalist, entrepreneur and marketer. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and later as an editor at Florida Trend business magazine. Ashley has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2009, as a technical writer, marketing manager, and public relations practitioner. She also founded two digital marketing agencies in Orlando. Named one of Orlando’s 40 Under 40 and honored by the Women’s Executive Council of Orlando for achievements in media and communications, Ashley earned a B.S. in Journalism and an M.S. in Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida.

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