Hill & Hill, PC.|About

About Our Practice

Welcome to Hill & Hill, your trusted legal partner in Texas. Our Chief Counsel J. Marcus Hill has practiced trial law and mediated selected cases for over 40 years. The firm focuses on eminent domain, real estate, and oil and gas litigation. We have long term experience in governmental takings by federal, state, and local by government subdivisions. This includes projects such as roads, bridges, highways, flood control facilities, power lines, and other utilities in statutory and inverse taking cases. Our experience translates to adding value to your case. In other words, we are the “Value Added Law Firm.”

J. Marcus "Marc" Hill

As the esteemed Chief Counsel and owner of Hill & Hill P.C. Law Firm, J. Marcus “Marc” Hill brings a unique blend of military discipline and dedication to the forefront of our practice. Boasting a remarkable career spanning 40+ years. With a distinguished background in the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets, he served as Executive Officer of “Fightin’ Gator” Squadron 2, a Parsons Mounted Calvary Trooper, and Commander of the Hang-Gliding Squadron. Mr. Hill has had a seasoned career in the Unites States Air Force and after 3 years enlisted service he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and served for 30 years active and reserve duty as an officer, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Marc exemplifies the values of leadership, integrity, and commitment in every aspect of his professional and personal life.

He began his lifelong career by attending South Texas College of Law. While working all throughout his time in law school he passed the bar while still in school. He was selected by peers to be the Student Body President for the Student Bar Association. He has also been recognized as an AV rated lawyer since 1990, the first year he was eligible. Marc is an accomplished bull rider surviving many 8 second bouts and never being stomped on.

He is renowned for his proficiency in Eminent Domain, real estate litigation, and courthouse acumen.

Having navigated a myriad of legal landscapes, he brings a depth of knowledge and strategic insight that sets the standard for excellence in the legal community.

Associate Attorney

Kayla strouse Berwald

Kayla Strouse Berwald is a dedicated and results-driven Associate Attorney at Hill & Hill, bringing a wealth of legal expertise to our team. Committed to delivering exceptional legal services, Kayla is known for her meticulous attention to detail and unwavering commitment to client success.

From a young age it was apparent that Kayla had a niche for law. She grew up in Needville, Texas where she often gave up her recess time conducting peer mediation. After being the featured twirler in Needville she began her educational background by attending Sam Houston where she graduated as a collegiate level twirler with a major in political science with focus on middle eastern studies.

Kayla continued her education and earned her Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law, where she graduated with major involvement in trial advocacy and was selected to compete in alternative dispute resolution.

While working throughout law school she continued to build her legacy and expand her skills by working under the director of alternative dispute resolution while finishing her studies. During her time in law school, she demonstrated exceptional legal acumen and a passion for law.

With only 2 years under her belt as a licensed attorney she was first chair in trial court and now affirmed by the court of appeals. Kayla is excited to advance her legal career at such a rapid pace.

Hill & Hill, PC.|meet the team

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Alyssa Hernandez


Alyssa Hernandez grew up in Galveston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio and will be attending law school in the fall of 2024.

Noel Washington


Noel Victoria Marie Washington is a native Houstonian. She has been a paralegal for more than three years and has worked in several different fields throughout her career.

Stephanie Kennemur


Stephanie Kennemur is a native Houstonian. She has been a paralegal for over a decade and truly enjoys the nuances presented daily.

Ava DeVera


Ava DeVera is originally from Houston, Texas. With a very diverse background, she began her career in law in 2011. She is currently pursuing her paralegal degree.

Ava DeVera


Ava DeVera is originally from Houston, Texas. With a very diverse background, she began her career in law in 2011. She is currently pursuing her paralegal degree.

Dylan Smith


Dylan Smith is from Humble, Texas. He played baseball in undergrad and is currently in law school at South Texas school of law.

Hill & Hill, PC.|history

the hill & hill history

Spring 1971

Successor of the firm founded by the late Jerry G. Hill.  Jerry G. Hill notably represented Frank W. Sharp for his alleged involvement in the Sharpstown state bank scandal. This was in the early 70's in Texas leading to what we know now as transparency in government and changed the chairs of elected officials like the state had never seen. This case involved the highest levels of the state government.

May 1980

J. Marcus Hill had the privilege of running title in South Texas behind leases his dad took in the 60’s. After graduating from Texas A&M and finishing his service in the Air Force in May of the 80’s Mr. Hill got licensed before graduating from South Texas College of Law while working for local and international companies.

November 1984

Mr. Hill started his career with Hill & Ghiselli which we today know as Hill & Hill. Later in the 80’s Mr. Hill was Senior Assistant County Attorney for Harris County.

May 1984

Maroon-blooded J. Marcus Hill married Jeffrey W Hill, a Longhorn honors graduate. They just celebrated their 39th anniversary, passing along their legacy to their two children Libby and Ross. Ross J. Hill takes after his father. He was lead counsel at an impressively young age at the Galveston County District Attorney's office. He is now an associate attorney at an international firm. Libby B. Hill was the 2019 Miss Earth USA and the Co-founder of Nutrition Ally, Nutrition Counseling specializing in eating disorders, digestive issues, and attention deficit disorder.


Mr. Hill became 1st Assistant County Attorney for Harris County where he set up an office transition team for County Attorney Vince Ryan. By 2010 he was back into private practice after achieving many notches on his belt such as being an AV rated lawyer since 1990. AV preeminent is the highest level of peer rating.


At an age when most people were retiring, J. Marcus Hill decided things were just getting started. He opened a second office in Galveston Texas in 2016. He feels as though his career is far from ending. Retirement is only a word Mr. Hill uses for his U.S. Air Force career. He will continue to help his clients receive justice statewide.


community involvement

At Hill & Hill the value added law firm we believe in making a positive impact in our community. Committed to social responsibility, we actively contribute to various charitable organizations such as the Galveston Bay Foundation, The Bryan Museum, and numerous Catholic charities in Houston & Galveston by channeling a portion of our proceeds towards causes that matter. Through our ongoing philanthropic efforts, we aim to support communities, address pressing issues, and create a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. Hill & Hill is proud to announce our recent donation to officers of The Galveston Police Department, supporting the construction of a new barn for their horses, enhancing their ability to serve and protect the community.