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Cynthia L. Hill

Cynthia L. Hill

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Education

About Me

Cynthia L. Hill is a seasoned public law and labor and employment attorney. Ms. Hill regularly advises private sector clients on human resources, employment litigation and labor law issues, offering day-to-day legal counsel on matters involving discipline, discharge, employee layoffs, disability and reasonable accommodation, family and medical leave, employment policies, government contracting, non-competition and confidential information issues. She also assists clients on risk prevention strategies. Ms. Hill has successfully represented employers in contested matters before state and federal administrative agencies and alternative dispute resolution forums, in grievance arbitrations and matters before the National Labor Relations Board and before state and federal courts.


Ms. Hill has provided legal counsel for more than 25 years for public and private schools, independent school districts, community colleges, universities and other public entities. She has considerable experience in public law including civil rights litigation, employment, student discipline, Title IX, free speech and policy development and implementation. Ms. Hill also focuses her practice on government strategies, employment contracts, grievances, employee terminations, school and college governance, and policy development.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Employment & Labor: 60%
  2. Education: 40%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Steven Harvill Weller

    I endorse this lawyer. Cindy Hill has a wide range of experience in school law matters, as well as labor/employment/special education issues. She is a seasoned and knowledgeable client counselor, and I endorse her at the highest level.


    Steven Weller Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    Cynthia's insight into and experience with all manner of school law issues, particularly those related to employment is exceptional. She routinely dissects complex, nuanced legal matters and helps her clients navigate some very rough waters. I recommend Cynthia without reservation.


    Heather Rutland Education Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, LLP

420 Commerce Street, Suite 500
Fort Worth, TX, 76102


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199005/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Attorney / Labor & Employment LawFort Worth, Texas Magazine2014
FellowTexas Bar FoundationN/A
Preeminent Women LawyersBar RegisterN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Equity PartnerShannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, LLP2013 - Present
Equity PartnerHenslee Schwartz, LLP2007 - 2013
Managing PartnerChappell Hill LLP1996 - 2007

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Council of School AttorneysMember1998 - Present
Texas Council of School AttorneysMember1998 - Present
Tarrant County Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1990 - Present
Oklahoma Bar AssociationMember1987 - 1996

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Sanches v. Carrollton-Farmers Branch Indep. Sch. Dist., 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 14313 (5th Cir., July 13, 2011)Summary dissposition in favor of client
Sanders v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., 199 Fed. Appx. 309; 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 19793 (5th Cir. 2006)Summary disposition in favor of client
Henson v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., 128 Fed. Appx. 387; 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 6600 (5th Cir. 2005)Summary disposition in favor of client

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Publication NameTitleDate
38 Journal of Legal Education 608“Sexual Bias in the Law School Classroom”1988

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of Texas System, AustinManagementBBA1984

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Legal seminar“Preparing the Employee Handbook,” “Personnel Issues for Public Employers,” “At-Will Employment”N/A
Legal seminar“Employment Law Update,” “Practical Guide to Employment Terminations”N/A
Legal seminar“Conducting Employee Investigations,” “Sexual Harassment Claims in Texas Public Schools,” “Workers’ Compensation for Texas Public Schools,” “Grandparents’ Rights,” “Disciplining Special Education Students,” “Documenting Employee Performance”N/A
Graduate level course in education law"Texas Education Law - Personnel Issues"N/A
Graduate level course in business law"Employment Discrimination"N/A
Continuing Legal Education“Investigation of Employee Complaints,” “Reductions in Force and Employee Terminations”N/A
Continuing Legal Education“Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” “Wrongful Discharge Claims,” “The Paralegal’s Role in Employment Discrimination Cases”N/A