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Robert W. Hillman

University of California, Davis School of Law

Davis, CA, USA

Robert W. Hillman
Professor of Law, Fair Business Practices and Investor Advocacy Chair


B.A. Political Science, California State University, Long Beach 1970

J.D., Duke University 1973


Robert W. Hillman is a leading authority on partnership law and the legal and ethics issues arising from lawyer mobility and law firm breakups. He teaches at the University of California, Davis, where he holds an endowed chair. His treatise, Hillman on Lawyer Mobility (Aspen Publishing), is the definitive work on mobility issues and is cited frequently by state and federal courts. He also is the co-author (with Donald Weidner and Allan Vestal) of The Revised Uniform Partnership Act (West/Thompson Publishing) and the co-author (with Jim Cox and Don Langevoort) of Securities Regulation: Cases and Materials (Aspen), now in its sixth edition.
Professor Hillman’s recent articles include Partners without Partners, The Legal Status of the Single Person Partnership (Fordham Journal of Business and Financial Law, with Donald Weidner), Law Firm Risk Management in an Era of Breakups and Lawyer Mobility (Texas Tech Law review), Client Files and Digital Law Practices: Rethinking Old Concepts in an Era of Lawyer Mobility (Suffolk Law Review, with Allison Rhodes), Client Choice, Contractual Restraints, and the Market for Legal Services (Hofstra Law Review), Closely-Held Firms and the Common Law of Fiduciary Duty: What Explains the Enduring Qualities of a Punctilio? (Tulsa Law Review), Ties that Bind and Restraints on Lawyer Competition: Restrictive Covenants as Conditions to the Payments of Retirement Benefits (Indiana Law Review), Organizational Choices of Professional Services Firms: An Empirical Study (The Business Lawyer), Law, Culture and the Lore of Partnership: Of Entrepreneurs, Accountability, and the Evolving Status of Partners (Wake Forest Law Review), and The Bargain in the Firm: Partnership Law, Corporate Law, and Private Ordering within Closely-Held Business Associations (Illinois Law Review). He has been an Official Advisor to the ALI’s Restatement of Agency (Third) project, and was as adviser to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law’s RUPA Drafting Committee. He is a member of the American Law Institute.
Through the International Senior Lawyers Project, Professor Hillman recently has represented the Government of Liberia in its review, renegotiation and implementation of natural resource concession contracts, most notably the country’s iron ore concession with Arcelor-Mittal.


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