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Cameron S. Hill Sr.

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Cameron Hill serves as Baker Donelson's Professional Development Shareholder responsible for legal and professional skills training and mentoring for attorneys.

Featured Experience

Multiple successes in defending insurance companies' denials of long term disability benefits, both outright and on appeal.

Won breach of contract case for large national security corporation and secured recovery of more than $300,000 in attorneys' fees under prevailing party clause.

2007

Represented insurance company in denial of ERISA benefits case, successfully arguing against claimant's recovery of attorneys' fees and saving insurance company more than $160,000.

2013

Professional Biography

Overview

While Mr. Hill's experience is diverse, he focuses on construction, employment, ERISA and general commercial litigation matters, trying cases to conclusion or decision through alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Hill handles a variety of construction issues, including claims related to defects, delays, site conditions, change orders, liens and other contract disputes. His employment law experience includes discrimination claims brought under various state and federal statutes and covenants not to compete. His ERISA and non-ERISA benefits practice includes claims related to long term disability, short term disability and ERISA pension benefit disputes. He also represents clients involved in general commercial disputes.

In addition to numerous speaking engagements, Mr. Hill is the author of "Bricks in the Wall," a newsletter focused on issues in the construction industry. To review current and past issues, please go to "Bricks in the Wall." He also co-authored the Tennessee chapter on Mechanic's and Materialman's Lien Law for lienlawonline.com.

While at Tulane Law School, Mr. Hill served as Managing Editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal. From 1995 until 1997, he served as law clerk to Judge Curtis L. Collier, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Representative Matters
  • Multiple successes in defending insurance companies' denials of long term disability benefits, both outright and on appeal.

  • Won breach of contract case for large national security corporation and secured recovery of more than $300,000 in attorneys' fees under prevailing party clause.

  • Represented insurance company in denial of ERISA benefits case, successfully arguing against claimant's recovery of attorneys' fees and saving insurance company more than $160,000.

  • Successfully won and reversed trial court verdict on appeal of business divorce litigation, including breach of Mergers & Acquisition buy-out contract, recovering over $350,000 in attorneys' fees on behalf of the client.

  • Successfully defended insurance company in accidental death case involving claimant's operation of motor vehicle while intoxicated.

  • Successfully prosecuted union trust fund's claims against contractor for failure to pay fringe benefits and recovery of attorneys' fees and sanctions, totaling more than $1.6 million.

  • Obtained a favorable opinion from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on an ERISA action, affirming the district court's grant of judgment on the record.

  • Successfully defended meat manufacturer against claims filed by hourly employees at meat processing plants seeking pay for time spent donning and doffing gear, washing, and walking. The case was conditionally certified and tried before a jury on liability issues following extensive discovery. The jury ruled in part in favor of the plaintiffs and in part in favor of the defendant. The case settled before the parties tried the damages phase of the trial.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2013 in Construction Law and Construction Litigation
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2018 Chattanooga Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Chattanooga Litigation - Construction "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission
  • Member – National Electrical Contractors Association, East Tennessee Chapter
  • Member – Association of General Contractors of East Tennessee
  • Member – Tennessee, Chattanooga, Federal and American Bar Associations

Awards

Industries

Education

  • Tulane Law School, J.D., 1995, cum laude
  • Duke University, A.B., 1991, cum laude

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia, 2003
  • Tennessee, 1995

Languages

  • French

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