(Editor's note: The Record introduces a new feature of short interviews with area lawyers).
Thomas Hill is the founder of Hill Law Offices in Highland. The firm provides most legal services needed by small businesses, assistance with real estate and business transactions, estate and trust planning and settlement, and help with selection and maintenance of corporations, LLCs, and other business entities.
The most influential person in my decision to become a lawyer: My father, Dr. Maurice R. Hill.
Greatest moment in my professional career: My first plaintiff's jury verdict.
The best piece of advice ever given to me: Get a skill with which to support your family. For enjoyment find a hobby. If you enjoy your work, maybe you should pay for the privilege of doing it.
If I were a Madison County judge...: I would not let current public perceptions dissuade me from dispensing justice.
My favorite three people are: Bonnie, my wife, my children and my grandchildren. (Though at last count the total was more than three, I cannot choose among them).
I'm inspired by: My Redeemer, the promise of a beautiful sunrise, and people who take responsibility for themselves and their neighbors.
Braden Looper --a waste of Cardinals' money-or a really big investment? Looper will be a good acquisition. All professional athletes are "big investments."
Right now I am reading: "Team of Rivals."
Community service includes: Ask the Lawyer, People's Law School, St. Paul Church-Finance Committee, President of St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Rotary Club community projects.
Favorite pastime: Fly fishing.
The best vacation ever: Fly fishing for native Cutthroat Trout on Slough Creek, Yellowstone National Park.
My family includes: Bonnie, my wife; Christopher, my son, Laura, his wife, and Ava and Carter, their children; Sean, my son, Heather, his wife, and Marlena and Isabel, their children; Matthew, my son; and Nicole, my daughter, Bill Findley, her husband, and Hanna, Olivia and Logan, their kids.