Essence Hill (she/her) concentrates her practice in the area of workers’ compensation. She previously served Nyhan as a law clerk in 2021, where she researched and drafted policy memos regarding workers’ compensation issues in support of the firm and Bill Lowry’s role as Cook County Commissioner of the 3rd District.

Prior to joining the firm, she was a judicial law clerk for the Circuit Court of Cook County, providing memos for Presiding Judge E. Kenneth Wright, Jr. and other judges in the First Municipal District and interviewing litigants applying for fee waivers and process applications. She also served as an intern with the Chicago Public School’s Office of Employee Engagement, observing employee discipline and grievance hearings and investigatory conferences as well as drafting administrative decisions based on research of various labor and employment law topics for the office’s Assistant General Counsel.

While in law school, Essence served as a research assistant, analyzing legal questions posed by executive and congressional actions and statements throughout the pandemic; as a lead teaching assistant for the Implicit Bias Course Planning Committee, helping to execute the second and third installment of the school’s mandatory implicit bias program for first-year students; and as a student representative on the faculty committee for the Admissions Policy Committee. She was also a member of the Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Team, placing 4th in Regionals for the 2021-2022 season, and president, treasurer, and social chair of the Black Law Student Association.

Essence currently serves as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, teaching Professional Identity Formation.

Professional Organizations

  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Workers’ Compensation Law Association of Illinois, Member
  • Black Women Lawyers’ Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • Market Box, Packing Coordinator, 2022-Present