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Robert Joseph Hills

Real estate Attorney at Peoria, IL

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Rob Hills

  • Licensed for 12 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2010
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Corporate and incorporation
    Corporations, limited liability companies, not-for-profits, partnerships, formation, registered agent, dissolution, operations and compliance, and related litigation.

  2. Estate planning
    Wills, Trusts, Estates, Powers of Attorney, Probate, and related litigation.

  3. Guardianship
    Adult guardianship, minor guardianship, and mental health commitments, and related litigation.

  4. Litigation
    Practice includes jury trials, bench trials, public hearings/administrative bodies, arbitration, and mediation in federal and state courts.

  5. Real estate
    Commercial real estate, land use, zoning, residential, and related litigation.

ROBERT J. HILLS is an experienced commercial and transactional attorney. He has a diverse background in business and real estate and has over a decade of trial experience in both state and federal courts. He has a client-centered practice and a passion for helping individuals and businesses achieve their goals and solve complicated problems along the way.

+ Commercial Litigation
+ Real Estate and Land Use
+ Corporate Law
+ Trusts, Estates, Probate, and Guardianship
+ Energy and Utility Law
+ Federal Practice

Video conference, before/after hours, and offsite meetings available.

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Emerging Lawyers 2015

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Westervelt, Johnson, Nicoll & Keller, LLC
411 Hamilton Blvd.
Suite 1400
Peoria, IL, 61602


5.0 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Responsive, sincere, knowledgeable, and kind.
Rob has been incredibly thoughtful in his approach with our case taking time to get to know us and carefully considering all options. He is compassionate, smart and is very responsive and I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Sam | March 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, efficient, effective and personable
We are very pleased with Rob Hills and his work with us and with those with whom we disagreed in certain legal matters. He effectively worked through issues where a local nursing home attempted to hold us responsible for my brother's medical costs, simply because I was the medical power of attorney for my brother. Rob clearly showed the court that just because I was with my brother at times when he attempted to resolve his issues with the nursing home, I was in no way responsible for any of the costs. The nursing home's claims against me were dismissed. On another matter, a local bank attempted to foreclose on home and business property, based on a business note on which they insisted on personal property as collateral when the note was renewed. Through his knowledge of procedures, and by skilfully applying the specifics of our circumstances to this case, Rob was able to delay action for a sufficient time to allow additional funds to be raised which paid off the bank in full and removed all threat of a foreclosure. During the legal action, Rob provided excellent counsel, determined and had corrected certain issues with the bank's actions, and worked closely with us on a basis of very good legal knowledge coupled with common sense. Rob Hills has been and is a most pleasant and courteous attorney with whom to deal and we have great confidence in his efforts and in his abilities. His skills and knowledge of Illinois law, coupled with his attitude and recommendations, allowed a successful outcome to what could have been a messy situation with extending issues for us and for the bank. While I do not speak for the bank, I can say without reservation that we have found Robert Jacob Hills to be an excellent attorney and accomplished legal counsel and we would use again and we would not hesitate to recommend him to friends, family, and business associates.. Thanks, Rob --- Grand Conclusion --- Much Appreciated.
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Posted by Brian and Dena | January 14, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Hills has been so helpful to us with our questions on how to handle our situation. He is a true professional and we have been blessed to have him work with us.
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
I hired Rob as my attorney to settle a case. He was very professional and helped me every step of the way. Provided me with legal advice and helped me to receive the best outcome for my case. He sat with me several times and carefully explained everything I wanted to know and more. Moreover he answered all of my questions and understood my concerns. You really feel safe and worry free when you hire Rob. Thanks Rob for all you did. God Bless.
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Posted by Oscar | August 26, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
No one ever wants to fall into a situation where you need to hire a criminal defense lawyer, however I found myself in a situation where that was my only option. I was lost and afraid for I and my family and what the implications of my legal troubles could cost us. Then I found Robert!!! We are so glad and beyond satisfied with the outcome of the case. Robert was amazing all through the process. He really knew what he was doing. He was helpful, knowledgeable, professional, responded very quick, and most of all very sincere. If you need a good and honest lawyer who will exhibit the highest level of professionalism then I strongly suggest you talk to Robert Hills. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2015
My first phone call is Robert Hills
Whenever I need legal council, I call Robert. He takes his time to understand my case and answer my questions. His knowledge of the law and passion for his clients sets him apart from any other lawyer I've worked with. I know I can trust him and don't have to worry.
Posted by David | November 25, 2014
An attorney with INTEGRITY
Robert Hills has taken car of a few legal issues regarding evictions with tenants in some of my rental properties. He was always up front and gave me good advice on the best way to handle these cases. Because of his handling of these small legal situations, we asked Robert to handle my older son's case when he made some bad decisions and was faced with dire consequences. Robert was able to walk us through the different possibilities that may occur. He was upfront and told us what we needed to hear not what we wanted to hear. In the end because of his diligence and knowledge, he was able to put together and deal for my son that is unheard of by many of his fellow attorneys. Because of what Robert did for my son, my son is able to make the changes in his life to get back on the right path. I would trust Robert if we needed his services again and would recommend him to others. We are very grateful to Robert and what he was able to do for our son and his family. He is an attorney with incredible integrity and knowledge.
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2014
Attorney that cares!
Down to earth and honest attorney. He always kept me informed on my case and was always prepared for my hearings. I was really stressed out with my charges because it was my first time being arrested and was afraid of going to jail. Mr. Hills was compassionate and made sure I understood the process and prepared me for everything. He spent a lot of time with me and I could tell he worked hard on my case. I ended up with fines and didn't go to jail, and I am so thankful! Highly recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2014
Former Criminal Client
I would highly recommend Robert for any type of criminal matter. Robert was very thorough and provided me with all the options given the circumstances of my DUI case. It is a relief when you can walk into a courtroom knowing that your lawyer is prepared and ready to defend your case. I was extremely satisfied by the deal Robert was able to work out for me in which I avoided jail time. Robert kept me informed and is very knowledgable regarding a variety of misdemeanors and felonies.
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Posted by Dan K | September 24, 2014
Robert is alway my first choice
Robert has been helping me with legal matters for years. His response time, professionalism, knowledge and advice is amazing. Not only is Robert a terrific attorney but a wonderful person and a great guy to know. Rob has always been and alwasy will remain my first call for legal questions, concerns and advice. Don't just take my word for it, call Rob and you will be overwhelmingly delighted as I have been.
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Posted by Dino | September 18, 2014
Highly Recommended!
I have known Rob for several years now and I would highly recommend him. Very professional and does a great job outlining all issues and options. Explains pros and cons of all options. I would trust Rob with all my legal questions. If he doesn't know the answer, he will do all he can to research the situation for you.
Posted by Steve | September 16, 2014
Utmost professional regarding legal advice/counsel
I highly recommend Rob for legal counsel. He worked with us from day one establishing all specifics/details related to our real estate transaction. He was exceptionally responsive to our needs and questions from the onset and all the way through closing.
Posted by tejanita007 | January 17, 2012
Eviction Notice and dealing with theft of tools
He gave me good answers & bought comfort when needed. He seems like a good attorney.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney / Partner
  • Westervelt, Johnson, Nicoll & Keller, LLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Executive Chair, Generation United
  • Heart of Illinois United Way
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Board of Directors
  • Heart of Illinois United Way
  • 2012 - 2019
  • Partner
  • Johnson, Bunce & Noble, PC
  • 2010 - 2017
  • Law Clerk
  • United States Department of Transportation
  • 2010 - 2010
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  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • DePaul University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005


  • Abraham Lincoln American Inn of Court
  • Associate Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 40 Leaders Under Forty
  • InterBusiness Issues
  • 2018
  • Emerging Lawyer (2015-2021)
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Outstanding Board Member
  • Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law
  • 2009
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  • Hinshaw Health Care Newsletter
  • The Medical Studies Act: Preserving the Privilege Under Grosshuech
  • 2017
  • ABA Transportation Committee Quarterly: Spring 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2
  • U.S. Department of Transportation Joins Global Relief Efforts in Haiti
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Winter Practice Series
  • Civil Practice Seminar, Moderator
  • 2021
  • Health Care Practice Group
  • Representing Hospitals in Guardianship Proceedings
  • 2018
  • Law Practice Management
  • Fee Schedules & Billing
  • 2017
  • BNI
  • Civil Litigation for Small Businesses
  • 2016
  • Columbus Day Professional Responsibility Seminar
  • Legal Ethics Panel Speaker
  • 2016
  • Street Law
  • The Fourth Amendment - Search & Seizure
  • 2015
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Trial Practice
  • Basic Trial Presentation
  • 2015
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Trial Practice
  • Jury Selection in Illinois Courts
  • 2015
  • BNI Chapter Meetings
  • Frequent speaker on various legal topics
  • 2014
  • BNI Chapter Meetings
  • Frequent speaker on various legal topics
  • 2013
  • WTVP 47- At Issue
  • Young Volunteers
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (18)
Endorse Robert
Litigation Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Robert Hills is a great attorney, and demonstrates a high level of professionalism. Across the years, I have worked with Mr. Hills in various forums. He always exhibits true dedication to his clients and causes that he advocates. These skills make him an excellent attorney and counselor. Mr. Hills stays up-to-date on current issues, and is always ready to explore the best options available in any circumstance. He is a learned practitioner that can be relied upon. Without equivocation, I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rob and I tried a jury trial together resulting in a not guilty verdict for our client. Rob is a skilled trial lawyer who regularly litigates cases for his clients and did admirable work for our client in this particular case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Rob achieve extraordinary results for his clients. He will be there to fight for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert is a future star in this area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rob's commitment to his clients is second to none. Rob has the ability to go the distance and maximize the best results possible in any given case. He also has the ability to negotiate complex issues, yet he is not afraid to present his case to a jury."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rob is very experienced in his fields of concentration. He is very meticulous when handling client cases. He is always well prepared before litigating any case. That preparation gives him the necessary edge over other attorney's I've work with, as well apposing counsel. I would strongly recommend Robert."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rob is a genuinely great person who is willing to work with clients to get them through difficult situations. I endorse Rob without reservations."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Mr. Hills. I was a colleague with Mr. Hills in law school and had the pleasure of serving with him for a limited time on the Business Law Society's Executive Board. I have no doubt that he is a responsible, professional, and compassionate attorney. I would refer friends, family, and colleagues to Mr. Hills."
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