Hill Law Office


Hill Law Office

Hill Law Office represents people who are dealing with the aftermath of serious injuries.

Attorney Steve Hill and his experienced staff are prepared to help you at a time when you may feel overwhelmed. We will guide you through the complex insurance claims process to make your experience as successful, efficient and stress-free as possible.

What are your legal options? Steve will meet with you to talk about your options and identify whether you need an attorney. There is never a cost for this consultation. Please complete our online contact form to schedule your meeting with Steve.

Old-Fashioned Values, Cutting-Edge Legal Representation

At Hill Law Office, we pride ourselves on being a hands-on law firm. In today’s world where so much is done online, many people might say that is old-fashioned. But we know that representing people means working with them — not just clicking a button. We are serious about our responsibility to help people who are dealing with life-changing injuries and the legal challenges that follow.

We also pride ourselves on providing quality, cutting-edge legal representation so you don’t have to travel to Portland or some other metropolitan area to hire an attorney. We live here so we know that sometimes you can’t get everything done locally. You may have to drive a long way to buy a part, see a medical specialist or even catch a flight. But when it comes to hiring an attorney with a winning track record you do not need to travel outside the region.

Ask Around

We encourage clients to ask other lawyers, judges, friends and neighbors what they think of us as people and professionals. We are proud of the reputation we have achieved, and we are here to help those in need of quality representation.

Proud Residents Of Eastern Oregon

Steve Hill moved to Eastern Oregon to build his practice and raise his family because he likes to live in the kind of place where they know you at the hardware store, where the mountains are close by and where the daily commute to work is 15 minutes, if you decide to walk.

He enjoys living in a place with a proud history of volunteerism and civic engagement. He contributes time and resources to programs like the Oregon East Symphony, Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon, Pendleton Center for the Arts, Babe Ruth Baseball and the Art Center’s Rock & Roll Camp. He takes every opportunity to share the history of Pendleton and encourage people to visit, not just during the Pendleton Round-Up, but any time of year.

Meet Attorney Steve Hill

Steve Hill is a husband and father of two young children. He has more than 25 years’ of legal experience in Oregon and is admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts. Steve grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1986 and spent years working as a daily newspaper reporter on the Iron Range of northern Minnesota. Before graduating from law school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1993, he spent a number of years teaching in Milan, Italy. During law school, Steve worked for two years at a law firm that focused exclusively on helping injured people. When he moved to Oregon, he initially worked on the defense side of civil injury cases, which provided him with a valuable perspective that continues to help him resolve cases for injured people today.

In 2013, Steve was named Employer of the Year by the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce. He has volunteered his time as a board member for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and as the president of the Pendleton Rotary Club and is a longtime member of the American Association for Justice. To learn more about attorney Hill, please view his attorney profile.

Steve is recognized as one of the top personal injury lawyers in the state by Oregon Super Lawyers, which evaluates attorneys based on peer recognition and professional achievement.

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Meet Our Staff



Darcey Ridgway

Darcey Ridgway is the firm’s legal assistant. She has worked with Steve since 2003. Darcey graduated from Washington State University with a B.A. in Political Science and from Moorpark College with an A.A. in Wildlife Education. Darcey returned to her hometown of Pendleton after many years away at college and working as an elephant trainer at Six Flags Marine World.

Darcey handles scheduling matters, insurance and Medicare issues and keeps in touch with clients about their medical treatment. She handles a variety of pre-litigation and litigation matters and the administrative tasks associated with settlements. Darcey’s favorite parts of her job are meeting new clients, setting up new files and giving clients good news when their claims or cases are resolved.

Darcey is active in Altrusa and is also on the board of the Education Foundation of Pendleton. Darcey enjoys swimming, cooking and is a big football fan.



Lorena Inocencio

Lorena Inocencio is a legal secretary and receptionist. She is often the first person people speak with when they call and the first person they see when they arrive in the office. She joined the firm in 2006. Lorena speaks Spanish fluently and provides interpretation in meetings with Spanish speaking clients.

Lorena grew up in Hermiston where she lives with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her extended family, working out and running.



Andrea Mercado

Andrea Mercado is a document manager and has been at the firm since 2006. She speaks Spanish fluently and works closely with Spanish speaking clients. Andrea grew up in Pendleton. She is a dedicated member of her congregation. She loves spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys cooking, traveling, running and trying new things.

“I had a friend that was in need of a Local attorney. Being friends with a highly rated Attorney from Portland, I asked him if he knew of anyone in Eastern Oregon that was very good. He didn’t hesitate and said Steve Hill in Pendleton. So I refered my friend to him and his case was a high profile injury claim against a Major US company. Not an easy case but he must have gotten my friend a pretty good settlement because he had an ear to ear smile for a couple of weeks after he announced that his case had been settled.
So due to a vehicle accident I found myself in need of an attorney and didn’t hesitate, going directly to Steve. He did a fantastic job on my case as did his staff. They kept me up to date and informed as my case progressed. I’m 100% happy with how it turned out and I highly recommend Steve and his staff if you’re ever in need of a first class attorney.”

– Cary Sherrow: October, 2020

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“Hill Law Office rocks! Having never been injured in a car accident before, I had no idea what to expect. Steve and the staff at Hill Law Office walked me through it very gently, honestly and were open-minded with me. I appreciated their help so much. The whole office staff is warm and wonderful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I would recommend Hill Law Office to anyone in need of a personal injury attorney.”

– L. Hansen: October, 2020

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“I was hit by a car resulting in a broken collar bone, months of rehabilitation, and summer plans that had to be cancelled. After several months of negotiating with the responsible party’s insurance company I was unable to reach what I considered a reasonable settlement so I contacted Hill Law Office.
Steve provided me with affordable, sound advice in a low-pressure environment and he and his staff were helpful, responsive, and easy to work with. The result was a net-settlement that exceeded my expectations and that I am sure I would not have been able to achieve without the help of Steve and his staff.
Initially I was uncertain about contacting an attorney because I didn’t want the hassle, I was concerned about the cost, and I was sure I could handle things my own. Turns out I was wrong on all accounts. My only regret is that I didn’t contact Hill Law Offices sooner.”

– Scott F.: June, 2019

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“Steve’s office is caring, compassionate and very knowledgeable. They were by me during one of the most difficult times in my life. I put my full faith in Steve and his team and they did not let me down. I would highly recommend Steve Hill to anyone looking for a personal injury attorney. They are great!”

– Sarah Robins: January, 2019

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“I was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street and I suffered serious and permanent injuries. I hired Steve Hill to help me with my case and I was immediately impressed by his compassion, knowledge and professionalism. Steve and his staff guided and protected me throughout the entire process. The sincerity that Steve and his team showed was exceptional!”

– Haley Flemmer: January, 2019

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“I would like to say a huge “Thank you” to Mr. Steve Hill and his legal team for all the work they did to prepare for my court case. Not once did they waiver in their work to find experts to testify on my behalf and explain the injury I received when we were hit by a drunk driver.
Again thank you all so much for not giving up, and keeping me focused on the end result.”

– Pattie B.: September, 2017

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“In February 2013, my quiet world was turned upside down by a head on collision with a drunk driver, the very night my first grandchild was born! You would think surviving a horrific crash means the worst part is over, but it really isn’t, the nightmare begins the day after. I needed someone I could trust and someone who would take care of my best interest. That someone was Steve Hill and Hill Law Office. He made sure I had the time I needed to heal and deal with the aftermath of that night, while sheltering me from the barrage of phone calls and paperwork from the insurance companies who wanted nothing more than a rush settlement. My well-being was always the #1 priority and I always felt that way. I truly, highly recommend Hill Law Office, they are the exact people you dream of having on your side and they are people you can wholeheartedly TRUST.”

– W. Terpening: April, 2015

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“I was injured at a hotel where I stepped on part of a syringe. I spoke with Steve Hill and asked for assistance in recovering medical costs. Steve and his staff were very professional and courteous. He knew exactly what to do with my case. He reached a settlement with the insurance company representing the hotel, which allowed me to cover all of my medical costs. If it wasn’t for Steve Hill and his staff, I would have ended up covering the costs myself and the owners of the hotel would have allowed me to do so. Thank you Steve and staff. You guys are wonderful and run a top rate firm.”

– K. Ward: February, 2015

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“Comfort and conversation.” Those were the words that Joni Mitchell wrote in the late ’60s and they came to mind when I first met Steve and his marvelous staff during a difficult period in my life. I was involved in two major motor vehicle accidents in a 13-month period and all of my concerns were quickly and professionally addressed by Steve and his staff. If I could, I would send up a bouquet of balloons that say, “Pick Steve Hill as your attorney.” Comfort, caring and conversation!”

– M. Jackson: January, 2015

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“Steve and his staff are 180 degrees from the stereotype of attorneys. They truly care about your well-being. Their first priority is your health. When you are 100% only then will they start talking dollars. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Hill Law Office again in a New York minute. If you ever need good, caring, tough representation, call Hill Law Office.”

– Joe Thompson: December, 2014

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“Steve and his staff were on top of things during the entire process from beginning to end. They all make you feel as though you are their top priority no matter what! I received more of a settlement than I ever imagined without having to go to court, which was a huge relief for me. If I ever go through another personal injury, I would not hesitate to call Steve Hill and his staff.”

– Catie M.: December, 2014

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“I was in a motor vehicle accident involving a driver who ran a stop sign. He received a ticket for failure to stop. I was injured, and my vehicle was totaled. His insurance company refused to accept responsibility. I made one phone call, and met with Steven Hill. He knew exactly what to do. I am very grateful to Steven. I was all alone, hurt, and angry. His knowledge and trustworthiness got my life back on track. Please don’t hesitate to call him.”

– Burt M.

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“Mr. Hill impressed me with his sincerity, ability to listen, preparation of my case, keeping me informed, and reaching an acceptable resolution. I was equally impressed with the Hill Law Office staff who always made me feel welcome and not hesitant to call when I had any questions. I would certainly recommend the Hill Law Office to friends and family.”

– David A.

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“Hill Law Office provided me with superior quality legal representation, while virtually eliminating the anxiety and stress associated with a lawsuit. Steve, Darcey and staff treated me with the highest level of respect and understanding while guiding me through a difficult process. I would recommend them to anyone seeking experience and professionalism with any legal matter.”

– M. Van Riper

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