My strong work ethic enabled me to put myself through college and law school. I attended the University of Notre Dame Law School from 1987 -1990, where I was a research editor for the, Notre Dame Journal on Law, Ethics and Public Policy. While in law school, I received the honors of: Thomas J. White Scholar, Pindar Scholar, and Notre Dame Law School Scholar.
I served Fresno County as a prosecutor for more than 10 years, while there I developed a reputation for excellence, integrity, and grit. After initially prosecuting misdemeanor and juvenile cases, and being assigned as the prosecutor in the cities of Selma and Coalinga, I prosecuted cases while on various felony trial teams, including specialty fraud and domestic violence teams. I prosecuted armed robbery, burglary, auto theft, fraud, narcotics trafficking, serious assaults, terrorist threats, domestic violence and homicide cases, among others.
My strong desire for professional growth, and equitable justice lead me to criminal defense. I’ve successfully defended clients for more than six years in both state and federal courts. My balanced criminal law experience enabled me to serve as an adjunct law professor at the San Joaquin College of Law, and as an instructor at Fresno City College, teaching Constitutional Law and Legal Ethics, Criminal Law, and Juvenile Justice.
Today, I use my legal experience to represent people who are accused of crimes in California courts and in all Federal courts. I handle all types of criminal cases, including white collar crimes, drug crimes, crimes of violence, and other criminal matters. I also represent people who are being investigated for crimes but have not yet been charged with a crime.
For those persons who are charged with or convicted of a crime and who hold a professional license, such as physicians, attorneys, nurses, contractors and others, I also handle the administrative matters regarding licensing penalties.
My goal is to provide representation to clients in the manner I'd want to receive if I, or a family member were sitting in the client chair. This means not rushing clients through meetings and making sure the client gets his or her questions answered completely. Moreover, this means returning telephone calls, keeping the client advised, and providing ethical, reliable, legal service that results in the best possible outcome to the client.
Should you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being investigated for or charged with a crime, I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you about your matter.
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I endorse this lawyer. I have known Rachel Hill for her entire legal career. We both worked at McCormick Barstow as associates. We also worked together for years as Deputy District Attorneys in Fresno County. Rachel has always impressed me as an excellent attorney who is detailed and passionate in her work representing her clients. She is an excellent and experienced trial lawyer that goes the extra mile to obtain extraordinary results for her clients.
Jeffrey Hammerschmidt Criminal Defense Attorney
Rachel is an excellent advocate for her clients. I have known her for over 15 years and highly endorse her. Having referred her cases, I have seen first-hand her advocacy, decorum, and intellect in handling matters of complexity and sensitivity. Excellent lawyer.
Matthew Quall General Practice Attorney
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Pindar Scholar||Notre Dame Law School||1987|
|Inductee||Sigma Beta Honor Society||1982|
|Attorney - Shareholder||Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation||2015 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Victim Offender Reconcilliation Program||Member, Board of Directors||2014 - Present|
|San Joaquin College of Law||Adjunct Professor||2012 - Present|
|Mock Trial Coach||New Millenium Continuation School||2008 - 2009|
|Fresno City College||Adjunct Professor||2004 - 2005|
|Lawyers Have Heart, AHA||Founding Board Member||2000 - 2001|
|Fresno County Bar Association||Board of Directors||1997 - 1997|
|Fresno County Young Lawyers Association||President||1996 - 1997|
|State of California, Conference of Delegates||Delegate||1993 - 1995|
|Fresno County Bar Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|Notre Dame Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|State University of New York, Stony Brook||Phil/Eng/Econ||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1986|
|Universite de Paris IV - La Sorbonne||Philosophy||Year Program||1985|