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Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606

400 Renaissance Center
Suite 2600
Detroit, MI 48243


J.D., DePaul University College of Law

B.A., Oakland University


Honorable Jack B. Schmetterer, United States Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Illinois

Honorable Ronald A. Guzman, District Court Judge in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois


Rising Stars® distinction in the fields of Employment & Labor, Business/Corporate, and Environmental (2010-2014, Law & Politics)

James Hiller is managing partner of the firm's Detroit, Michigan office. As a member of the firm’s Employment, Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability and Environmental practice groups, he focuses on serving the needs of small and mid-sized businesses.

Mr. Hiller's employment law practice includes representation of employers in all types of litigation, providing counseling advice to employers, and employment-related transaction negotiation and drafting. He represents employers at each turn of the litigation process, including Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, wage and hour issues, labor contract issues, employment-related tort law (wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination), and trade secrets. Mr. Hiller's employment practice involves frequent interaction with administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, and the state and federal courts.

Mr. Hiller's employment practice also includes providing advice and counseling to employers, including negotiating and drafting employment agreements, polices and employee handbooks.

Mr. Hiller represents business clients in commercial, environmental and real estate litigation. He has represented accountants, attorneys, agents, brokers, debtors, creditors, mortgage brokers, owners of closely held businesses, and directors and officers in a diverse range of commercial and professional litigation.

Mr. Hiller’s trial experience includes several product liability, patent rights, and professional liability cases, and serving as national counsel to a product manufacturer in which his team supervised the trial of numerous cases to verdict.


9th Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana 


State Bar of Illinois
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois Defense Counsel

Community Involvement

Mr. Hiller is involved with P.E.A.K (Partnership for the Advancement of Kids), a charitable organization devoted to promoting the educational and social interests of a group of high school students in Chicago.