Michael O. Hill, Founder & Principal
Alba’s Founder and Principal, Michael Hill, has been an environmental attorney since 1986, and simultaneously a licensed surplus lines broker since 2004. Prior to starting Alba, Michael served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he received DOJ’s Awards for Outstanding Service and Special Achievement; as Partner in a large Washington, D.C. law firm, where he served TRC Companies (pioneer of insured fixed-price cleanups) first as outside counsel and then as its Senior Vice President; and as Chairman of Marsh, Inc.’s Environmental Practice (then the world’s largest broker of environmental insurance). Following his nomination by the White House Counsel on Environmental Quality, from 2010-2012 and while also co-managing Alba, Michael served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the $773M Trust established by the U.S. Government, 15 State and Tribal Governments to remediate and redevelop the 89 industrial properties left behind in the GM bankruptcy.
Michael graduated from Williams College where he majored in Political Economy with focus on Environmental Studies; he attended Vermont Law School for his first year of law school; and he graduated from Yale Law School, where he served as editor of the Yale Law Journal. Michael is a member of the bar in New York, Vermont and Washington, D.C.
For Michael’s full profile, click here.
To obtain targeted and cost-effective assistance in highly specialized areas, many clients want personal attention from a known professional who understands their particular issues, having dealt with many others like them. Virtually all brokering services and most legal services can be provided at least as well by an individual or small group as by large firms. With today’s technology, Alba can easily coordinate people from different locations to provide the most effective team.
Since 2012, Michael has done the majority of Alba clients’ work himself and has directly managed all of it. He is able to bring in support (e.g., paralegals, law clerks, and even other attorneys) on an as needed basis. Teams work together just as they might within the same firm but with added flexibility. Clients get resources that match their needs while paying only for resources that they need. The $10M - $1.7B range of its projects demonstrates Alba’s ability to scale as needed.