Judge Hill received a B.S. in business administration and an MBA from CSU Fresno and his J.D. degree from University of California, Hastings College of Law. He specialized in civil litigation with McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth before his appointment to the Municipal Court in 1991 by Governor Deukmejian. This was followed by the appointment to the Superior Court in 1998 by Governor Wilson, and in 2006 Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Judge Hill to the Court of Appeals, Fifth Appellate District. The affiliations he has served included the Judicial Council of California, California Facilities Transitional Task Force, California Judicial Education Program, Fresno County Court Facilities Foundation Board of Directors, California Judges Association and the Hastings College of Law Alumni Board of Governors.