W. James Hill, III, (P.L.C.)

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Jim Hill has a diversified legal background with primary emphasis on commercial, contract law; real estate, real estate finance, real estate development; medical malpractice, personal injury; trucking accidents; corporate, partnerships, limited liability companies; wills, estate planning, and succession law; as well as employer-employee relations; oil, gas and mineral rights law; and workers compensation. Specific emphasis is placed on litigation in these areas in all state and federal courts.

Mr. Hill has extensive knowledge and experience in real estate matters involving corporations; general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, registered limited liability partnerships, conversions, mergers and acquisitions; affordable housing issues; oil, gas and mineral rights; acquisition and sales, commercial leases, property management issues, and financing and transfers of real property and real estate projects. Mr. Hill has drafted all types of loan and closing documents for banks, savings and loan associations, and other types of financial institutions. In addition, he works extensively on matters involving title policies and title company representation, including handling all types of loan closings from VA, FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac to conventional. He has served as counsel to new business entities in start-up and capitalization phases, raising investment capital through the formation of limited partnerships, and syndication of securities in the private sector.

Mr. Hill understands the development of multi-family housing projects and the methods of financing these projects. He has worked on numerous and varied projects in several states including Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas, Florida, and Nevada. He is admitted to practice law in the states of Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado , Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and also the District of Columbia.

Mr. Hill is a licensed title insurance agent and is authorized to issue title insurance policies for First American Title Insurance Company of Louisiana.

Mr. Hill holds an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is the managing member of The Smitherman Law Firm, L.C., and is the President and CEO of Interstate Title Company, Inc.

Mr. Hill obtained his law degree from Louisiana State University, a Bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Masters degree from North Texas State University.

Mr. Hill is retired from the United States Army Reserve, having achieved the rank of Colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps. He currently serves as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for the state of Louisiana.  He also serves as Chairman, Northwest Area, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve; Member, Military Affairs Council, Shreveport, Louisiana; President, Ark-La-Tex Chapter 10, Reserve Officers Association; Member of the Reserve Officers Association; Military Officers Association of America; Association of the United States Army; Member of the American Legion.

Mr. Hill is a Member of the House of Delegates, Louisiana State Bar Association; Shreveport Bar Association, past Chairman, Shreveport Bar Association Publicity Committee; past Chairman, Shreveport Bar Association Military Affairs Committee; Louisiana State Bar Association, American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, State Bar of Oklahoma, State Bar of Colorado, State Bar of Missouri, State Bar of Kansas, State Bar of Mississippi, the District of Columbia Bar Association, The American Association for Justice, The Louisiana Association for Justice, and The Harry V. Booth and Henry A. Politz American Inns of Court.

Mr. Hill has served in numerous capacities from volunteer to officer and director on various civic, charitable, and community organizations. He has extensive involvement in professional and community activities. Mr. Hill serves as Board Member, First United Methodist Church, Board of Trustees; Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Standing Committee of the Committee of One Hundred, Inc.; Member, Tax & Estate Planning Council of Shreveport; Member, Shreveport Chamber of Commerce; and Member, Bossier Chamber of Commerce.  He also served as a past president, Ark-La-Tex Tax Institute; Board Member, The Extra Mile, Inc.; Member, Rotary International; and Member, The Rotary Club of Shreveport.  Mr. Hill is a 32° Mason, Member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite, and El Karuba Shrine.

Practice Areas


  • Real Estate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Housing Law;
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Contract Law
  • Wills
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Successions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Trucking Accidents

Admitted: 1974, Louisiana; 1975, Texas; 2003, Oklahoma and Missouri; 2004, Colorado and U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; 2008, Kansas; 2012, Mississippi; U.S. District Court, Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Louisiana; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Supreme Court

Law School: Louisiana State University, J.D.

Member: Shreveport, Louisiana State (Member, House of Delegates), Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Texas; The Missouri Bar; State Bar of Mississippi; District of Columbia Bar; The American Association for Justice; The Louisiana Association for Justice; Tax and Estate Planning Council of Shreveport.

Biography: Phi Delta Phi. Law Clerk, Louisiana State Department of Revenue and Taxation, Legal Division, 1973-1974. President, Ark-La-Tex Tax Institute, 1981.

Born: Shreveport, Louisiana, December 2, 1946

Military Service: COL, JAGC, USAR, 1976-2006, Ret. 12/2006