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James Vincent Hill

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James V Hill, incredible reputation, integrity and dedicated attorney

James V Hill, attorney at Russell & Hill, PLLC, makes his home in Snohomish County along with his wife and three children. A lifelong resident of the county, Jim has devoted his law practice to helping people obtain the benefits and compensation they deserve, both in personal injury cases as well as social security disability claims.

After graduating with academic honors from Seattle University School of Law, Jim went to work at a law firm that provided legal defense for multiple insurance companies. Working as a lawyer for the insurance companies provided valuable experience and insight into how insurance companies do business, how they value claims, and what they look for when litigating a claim against a plaintiff.

In 2002, with the knowledge and information he learned working as an insurance defense attorney, Jim transitioned his legal practice to focus solely on representing injured people against the insurance companies. Jim’s experience working for insurance companies has given him the knowledge to bring a successful claim for injury and the insight to avoid the pitfalls that exist in the settlement and litigation process. Jim has successfully represented hundreds of Snohomish and King county residents in personal injury claims.

In 2005, Jim Hill had a handful of personal injury clients ask him for help with their applications for Social Security Disability benefits. After successfully helping these clients obtain disability benefits, Jim noticed similarities between the two areas of legal practice. In both instances, injured people needed help fighting for the compensation that they deserved against entities much larger than an individual – whether the fight was against an insurance company or the federal government. Out of that experience grew a passion to help people with disabilities obtain their rightful benefits.

When a physical or mental health condition leaves a person unable to work on a full time, sustained basis, Jim represents the client in all proceedings with the Social Security Administration to get his clients the disability benefits they need and deserve. Most clients have a hearing in front of a federal administrative law judge, and Jim makes sure that his cases are prepared thoroughly and presented in a manner that will best deliver a favorable ruling.

Jim Hill continues to be busy with his vibrant and growing law practice at Russell & Hill, PLLC. He splits his time representing hundreds of local people in both personal injury claims and disability claims.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 50%
  2. Social Security: 30%
    14 years, 2 thousand cases
  3. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
    14 years, 1 thousand cases



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Attorney endorsements

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Jim for over 2 years and know his dedication to clients. He is an excellent advocate to have on your side--compassionate with clients and tough but fair with opponents. Your personal injury claim is in good hands with Jim and the team at Russell and Hill. They will work hard on your case to get the best result possible. In addition to his work with auto accident and other personal injury clients, Jim has vast knowledge in the area of social security. He is understanding of the difficulty facing those too disabled to work. You are in good hands with this attorney on your side.


    Sara Herr-Waldroup Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Dustin Keith Burk

    Jim is an excellent attorney and a great guy. He maintains excellent communication with his clients and is a well-respected attorney in his the community. I endorse Jim without hesitation.


    Dustin Burk Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Russell & Hill, PLLC, Everett Law Firm

3811-A Broadway
Everett, WA, 98201

Russell & Hill, PLLC, Spokane Law Firm

1212 N Washington Street, Suite 122
Spokane, WA, 99201

Russell & Hill, PLLC, Portland Law Firm


Russell & Hill, PLLC, Vancouver Law Firm

4400 NE 77th Ave #275
Vancouver, WA, 98662



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2014
Clients' Choice AwardAVVO2014
10 Best Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Invited MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Cum LaudeSeattle University School of Law2001
Dean's ListWashington State University1996
Cum Laude - Honors GraduateWashington State University1996
Honor Society - MemberPhi Kappa Phi - WSU Chapter1995
Honor Society - MemberGolden Key - WSU Chapter1995
Dean's ListWashington State University1995
Dean's ListWashington State University1994
Honor Society - MemberPhi Kappa Phi - WSU Chapter1994
Honor Society - MemberGolden Key - WSU Chapter1994
Honor Society - MemberGolden Key - WSU Chapter1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyRussell & Hill, PLLC2005 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of James Vincent Hill2002 - 2005
AttorneyPhillips & Webster, PLLC2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State BarMember2014 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesSustaining Member2010 - Present
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle2002 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEagle Member2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re: SSA Matter of T. ClarkOver $100,000.00 award for retro-active benefits.
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarThe Search for Claim-Supporting Evidence2014
Washington State SenateAid to Low Income Families in Washington State1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Washington State UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Social Security Disability: From Start to FinishSocial Security Disabiity2014
Social Security Summit - 2013Answering Web-Based Social Security Inquiries2013