Washington Immigration Attorney

High-end, comprehensive immigration and visa services

Washington DC Immigration attorneyWashington Immigration Attorney Robert Charles Hill  has devoted the last 30 years of his professional life to the law and public policy of international migration in government service and in private practice.  In recognition of his service during the Administration of President Reagan on the White House Staff (1981–83) and in the Departments of State and Justice (1983-89), he was appointed by former House Minority Leader, Bob Michel (R. IL) to serve as one of nine members of the U. S. Commission on Immigration Reform Chaired by the late Barbara Jordan (D. TX) (the “Jordan Commission”) from 1991 to 1997.

Sports & Entertainment Immigration Lawyer

After leaving government service in 1989, he chaired the corporate immigration law practice groups at two major Washington, DC law firms before opening his own boutique firm – Hill Visa Law – in 2004 to build on his success in representing professional athletes and sports organizations by providing comprehensive immigration and visa legal services to meet their special needs.  His current and past clients include major league baseball clubs as well as top tier players in baseball, (American) football and tennis from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Colombia, Japan and Canada. His clients in the arts and entertainment have included Grammy Award-winning performers and international award winners in the musical instrument industry. He frequently assists large national and international law firms with their own immigration and visa-related matters.

Bob Hill is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (JD 1980) and the City University of New York (BA cum laude 1974). He is admitted to practice in Washington, DC and Virginia and has been awarded Martindale Hubbell’s highest attorney rating (AV) and has been selected for inclusion in Martindale’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and Who’s Who in American Law. He was a Visiting Researcher with the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University from 2004 to 2008 and has served for 10 years as a Member of the Board of Directors of International Social Services – USA Branch (ISS-USA) in Baltimore where he was President of the Board from 2007 to 2010.

 

Career Highlights

Founding Member, Hill Visa Law, Washington, D. C. (2004 – Present)

  • Establish  firm  to  build  on  success  in  developing  prominent  niche practice focused on representation of professional athletes and  sports organizations.

Partner, Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, Washington, D. C. (1999 – 2003)

  • Head, Immigration   Practice   Group   and   International   Department representative on financial management committee, managing practice group of attorneys, senior legal assistants and administrative support staff.

Partner, Venable Baetjer Howard & Civiletti, Washington, D. C. (1996 – 1999)

  • Responsible for firm corporate immigration practice within Labor & Employment law practice group.

Member, U. S. Commission on Immigration Reform, Washington, D. C. (1991 – 1997)

  • Appointed by House Republican Leader to nine-member Congressional commission on immigration law reform (the “Jordan Commission”).
  • Co-Chair, Working Group on Management Reform and Restructuring.
  • Co-Chair fact finding missions and delegations to Cuba, Haiti, Croatia, Bosnia and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Deputy Director & Counselor, Office of Asylum Policy & Review, U. S. Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. (1987 – 1989)

  • Chair, interagency working group on asylum regulations.
  • Advise Offices of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General on issues related to asylum and refugee law and policy.
  • Appointed to Senior Executive Service of the United States.

Special Assistant & Senior Policy Adviser, OES & IO, U. S. Department of State, Washington, D. C. (1983 – 1987)

  • Senior  adviser  to  Assistant  Secretary  for  International  Organization Affairs  on   USG  review  of   participation  in   and   contributions  to multilateral organizations.
  • Develop strategy for condemning human rights violations in Cuba before the UN Commission on Human Rights and General Assembly.
  • Press liaison for Chairman of the US Delegation to the UN Conference on Population, Mexico City in 1984.

Deputy Director, Office of Presidential Correspondence, The White House, Washington, D. C. (1981 – 1983)

 

Education & Professional Activities

Georgetown University Law Center           J. D. 1980

Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY)         B. A., cum laude 1974

Admitted, Virginia State Bar (1980); District of Columbia Bar (1989)

Board of Directors, International Social Service – USA Branch, Baltimore, MD (2007 – 2011, Board President; 2002 – 2006 & 2011 – Present, Board Member); Visiting Researcher, Institute for the Study of International Migration, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (2004 – 2008).

 

Publications:

“Immigration and Nationality Law” (2001 Year in Review), Hill, Robert Charles and Donald Kerwin, The International Lawyer (Vol. 36, No. 2, Summer 2002);

“Restructuring the INS: Reflections on Calls for Separating Service and Enforcement,”  In Defense of the Alien: Proceedings of the 2001 Annual National Legal Conference on Immigration and Refugee Policy, edited by Lydio Tomasi, Center for Migration Studies (Vol. XXIV, 2002);

“Immigration and Nationality Law” (2000 Year in Review), Hill, Robert Charles and E. Dana Neacsu, The International Lawyer (Vol. 35, No. 2, Summer 2001);

“The Jordan Commission’s Proposals for Structural Reform of the Immigration System,” In Defense of the Alien: Proceedings of the 1999 Annual National Legal Conference on Immigration and Refugee Policy, edited by Lydio Tomasi,  Center for Migration Studies (Vol. XXII, 2000);

 

Panels / Presentations:

“Transatlantic Dialogue on Terrorism and International Migration,” Co-Chair of Conference, Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University, March 25-26, 2002;

“Immigration and Visa-related Responses to September 11”, presentation at ABA Immigration & Nationality Law Committee Program for the Washington Diplomatic and Legal Communities, Embassy of Canada, January 22, 2002;

Hearing on the Interior Enforcement Strategy of the INS, testimony before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, U. S. House of Representatives, July 1, 1999;

“Intracompany Transfers,” Chair of Session, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University, May 21-22, 1999;

Hearing on the Proposed Naturalization Reform Act of 1998, testimony before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, U. S. House of Representatives, March 5, 1998;

“Reflections on Immigration Reform”, presentation at a forum sponsored by National Review, House Judiciary Committee Hearing Room, March 12, 1996;

Hearing on Preserving the Integrity of Government Documents, testimony before the Subcommittee on Government Management, Information & Technology, Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, U. S. House of Representatives, March 7, 1995;

Oversight Hearing on Worksite Enforcement of Employer Sanctions, testimony before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, U. S. House of Representatives, March 3, 1995.

 

 

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