If you want to spend some quality time with Chance Hill, you might have to put your name on a waiting list. The Colorado Springs transplant and newly sworn attorney with Sherman & Howard has become involved in a laundry list of activities since he moved to the city a year ago.
Hill is a member of the Colorado Council for Economic Education, the Young Professional’s Taskforce, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC’s Government Affairs Council and Leadership Program of the Rockies — just to name a few. He also recently announced he would be making a run for University of Colorado regent.
Hill was born in Washington, D.C., and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was young.
After high school, Hill moved back East to attend Dartmouth College, where he studied government and Spanish.
He then joined the U.S. Navy as an intelligence officer and spent the next six years traveling the globe, including time in the Middle and Far East.
Hill returned to the United States and attended graduate school at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in the city of his birth, and it was there he was recruited by the CIA, where he worked in intelligence for three years.
“I always had an interest in law, and I wasn’t getting any younger,” the 38-year-old said.
As a huge college football fan, Hill decided to attend law school at the University of Michigan, where he pursued a career as a prosecutor.
“I worked at the prosecutor’s office in Billings, Mont., for two summers during law school,” he said. “But I decided I wanted more of a public sector experience.”
Hill had visited Colorado Springs in the past, loved the military culture “and the values that come with that,” he said.
He took the Colorado Bar Exam, passed, and was offered a position at Sherman & Howard in April, where he practices labor and employment law.
“I’m pretty new here, but really busy,” he said, adding his firm encourages and facilitates employee participation in the community.
Constantly on the move, Hill said he thinks he’s found a home.
“It’s a big deal for me to settle somewhere,” he said. “I moved, literally, 25 times or so in the last 15 years.”
Friend Brandon Gould nominated Hill.
“While his community involvement and his dedication to influencing positive change in our community are impressive, none of this is surprising given Chance’s past selfless service in both the U.S. Navy and the Central Intelligence Agency,” Gould said. “Chance is a superstar in the Colorado Springs community, and I am confident in his ability to continue making a positive difference in our community and beyond through both his legal practice and civic engagement for years to come.”