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Lehigh attorney tapped to serve as county judge

Darrell Hill appointed by Scott to the bench in Hendry

November 29, 2018
By MEGHAN BRADBURY (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

An attorney, who began practicing more than 27 years ago, is in the process of closing his Lehigh Acres office and practice due to Governor Rick Scott appointing him to the bench in October.

"It's been a good journey. It's been an honor and privilege to serve the people in Lehigh Acres, the community I grew up in. I would like to thank the people in this community for allowing me to serve them and support my practice for all of these years," Darrell Hill said.

On Dec. 3 Hill begins the next chapter of his career in Hendry County where he will serve the people of the state of Florida as their judge.

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"It was always a step I was interested in taking. It's hard to say when, when you practice for 27 years, but there was a point probably in 2011 that I started seriously thinking about the next step in my career and that was an interest in taking the bench," he said.

Hill said he is going to honor the office, establish and maintain the conduct to protect the judiciary and maintain the law. In addition he is going to be patient and dignified for all before him without pride and pre-justice.

He said a judge also needs to understand that every person has the legal right to be heard.

"The challenge is going to be to continue to serve and honor the judiciary office as a public trust and maintain the independence and preserve the integrity of the court," Hill said.

He moved to Lehigh Acres in 1972 and began fourth grade at Lehigh Elementary School when the population was 16,000 to 17,000 people. From there he attended Alva Middle School and graduated from Riverdale High School in 1982.

Growing up in Lehigh Acres, Hill held such jobs as a bus boy at the Golden Grill Restaurant, a bag boy at Publix and lifeguard and manager at Mirror Lakes pool.

After high school Hill attended Edison Community College and earned his Associate of Arts degree in 1984, then attended the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987. He finished his education at Cumberland School of Law of Samford University with a Juris Doctor in 1991.

"I was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991. I've been practicing for over 27 years," Hill said. "I decided that the law would be an interesting career for me to advocate for the rights of others."

Hill's career began as a prosecutor in 1991 for Pinellas and Pasco County until 1994. He was a managing attorney for Perch and Harrison, P.A. for a year until he became partner and changed the name to Perch and Hill, P.A. from 1995 to 1997. The name of the firm changed again in 1997 to Law Office of Darrell R. Hill, P.A. after Barry Perch retired.

"Being a general practitioner it affords me the opportunity to see and help people of all kinds of legal needs. Many of their issues and legal problems that would be useful and helpful to them," Hill said. "I really enjoy the opportunity to work with people individually and help them through the process."

The primary focus of his practice was in-will probates and estates.

In 2014, Hill became a general magistrate for Hendry and Glades County on a part-time basis for family law matters. He said he was a part-time magistrate as an independent contractor.

"I would sit on the bench for those family law issues," Hill said. "It was usually five days a month."

 
 

 

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