Gary Edward Hill is a courtroom litigator with over 30 years’ of
litigation experience in county, state, and federal courts. Since moving
to Iowa in 2007, Gary has focused on divorce, custody and litigated matters
involving domestic violence.
Gary was born and raised in south Texas. He graduated from high school
in Edinburg, Texas. The southern border of Gary’s home county in
Texas is the Rio Grande River. Hidalgo County is the poorest county in
Texas. One of his proudest accomplishments is securing a full time summer
job at age 15 and working every year since then.
Gary attended the University of Texas where he secured a Bachelors in Business
Administration; he majored in Accounting and the Business Honors Program.
Gary worked in the kitchen at his dorm at college; he worked full time
in the summer months delivering appliances. During his undergraduate years
in Austin, Gary was hired by the prestigious law firm of Vinson &
Elkins as an office assistant and law clerk.
Upon graduating from the University of Texas, Gary was admitted to law
school at the University of Houston. He worked at Sisters of Charity of
the Incarnate Ward as a network engineer and paid his way through law
school (with help from his parents). Gary was licensed by the State of
Texas in 1984 and he immediately made a name for himself trying jury cases
to verdict. He specialized in workers’ compensation and catastrophic
loss cases. Gary made partner at a litigation boutique by 1999 and was
Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law that same year.
During his time in law school, Gary met his future wife who graduated from
the University of Iowa in 1980. Julie Coates lived in the small town of
Cromwell (Gary likes to call this a suburb of Creston). They were married
in Cromwell in 1985. After many trips to Iowa to spend holidays and summer
days with Julie’s extended family, Julie and Gary moved their family
now consisting of two children to Iowa. Julie works at Simpson College.
Their children attended college in Iowa and live in Warren County. Their
family now includes three dogs, a cat and they live in the beautiful country
that is Iowa. Gary loves the outdoors and enjoys watching his neighbors
plant and harvest their corn, soybeans and hay fields.
After moving his family to Iowa, Gary worked at Iowa Legal Aid as a Senior
Staff Attorney. He created a family law unit and supervised all family
law intakes for the central Iowa region. In this role, it was not unusual
for Gary to review over three dozen cases a week, and process selected
cased for representation or other resolution by the attorneys and staff
at Iowa Legal Aid. It was at this time that Gary was called upon to use
his litigation skills representing victims of domestic violence. This
experience made a deep impression and Gary is proud of his time representing
those that are underserved in the legal arena.