About Us

legal proofreaderJohn Hilla—”The Legal Proofreader”—is a proofreader, editor, and writer uniquely capable of assisting you with your writing and editing and needs, whatever your industry.

John is a licensed copyright, trademark, and consumer rights attorney with a number of academic publications to his credit, including Law Review, Bar Association periodical, and legal blogs. He has drafted every manner of motion, pleading, trial brief, complaint and response in use in civil and criminal legal practice.

In addition, John has over 20 years of experience in technical writing, desktop publishing, and graphic design. He has drafted and edited technical manuals and documentation for a variety of clients and industries, including medical insurance, automotive engineering, military, telecommunications, and financial industry internal and marketing documentation. He has extensive experience working with text translated from non-English original sources, including German, British English, and Turkish.

In addition to his academic and technical publications, John is also a published fiction and poetry writer, freelance music journalist, and the former Editor-in-Chief and publisher of Rebel Route Magazine, a rock-and-roll history magazine distributed worldwide from the late 1990s through the early 2000s.

John is skilled with drafting and editing content for print publication and for social media and online publication with an emphasis on drafting and production clean, SEO-friendly copy.

He is experienced in the application of legal Bluebook, AP, and Chicago Manual styles.


  • B.A., Creative Writing, Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
  • J.D., Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
  • LL.M, International & Comparative Law, George Washington University Law School (Washington, DC)
  • The Hague Academie of International Law, Den Haag, The Netherlands

Former Clients/Employers/Assignments

  • Behr Automotive
  • Dürr Automotive
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Nextel Communications
  • Chrysler Automotive Company
  • The U.S. Army
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

John is happy to assist you with your editing, proofreading, copywriting and editing, and ghost-writing needs. For more information, please visit our Services page.