Featured Business: delancyHill, P.A.

Posted:  December 12th, 2011 by:  YPN MIami comments:  0

Marlon A. Hill is a founding partner and CEO of the law firm of delancyhill, P.A., Miami, Florida.  Mr. Hill focuses his practice on general corporate, intellectual property, and international business transactions in serving as outside general counsel to a number of small businesses/entrepreneurs, public institutions, and non-profit organizations.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Mr. Hill is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Business (B.Sc., cum laude, Multinational Business and Finance, 1992), Universidad de Costa Rica, Summer Program, 1991, and University of West Indies, Faculty of Law, Barbados, Summer Program, 1993, and the Florida State University College of Law (J.D. with Honors, 1995). Mr. Hill has been featured in ICABA Profiles 2009, the Miami Herald’s Top 20 under 40 Business Leaders and Black History Profiles 2002, the South Florida Legal Guide’s Up & Comer Attorneys 2002, and Daily Business Review’s “Leaders 2000 – Faces to Watch” issue as one of the “outstanding members of the emerging generation of South Florida business and professional leaders.”

Mr. Hill is one of the Inaugural Fellows in the Miami Foundation’s Miami Fellows Initiative; a model of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Program; and Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund Distinguished Young Leader Award Recipient.  Professionally, Mr. Hill is a past president of the Caribbean Bar Association and a member of the Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section.  He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Miami Parking Authority, Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas, Inc. (FAVACA), Miami Light Project, The Miami Foundation, Orange Bowl Committee (active member), and an advisor to other community based and cultural organizations. Mr. Hill presently serves as advisor/mentor to the Florida Caribbean Students Association and the Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the Southern United States.  Mr. Hill is a weekly commentator, D’ Peoples Politics, on Caribbean Riddims, WZAB 880AM, every Saturday at 4pm covering issues of civic interest, legal concern, and social or cultural impact.

delancyhill was recently featured in the 2011 June issue of Black Enterprise magazine.


1.  How long have you been in your field and what do you attribute your success?

We will celebrate the tenth anniversary of our law firm in September.  Previously, I worked with a larger law firm in the span of my 16 year legal career.  The success in my field is primarily attributed to striving for excellence each day in my craft as a corporate lawyer, seeking mentors on a personal and professional level, and nurturing solid community relationships that build an interconnected support network.

2.   What role, if any, do you think networking and navigating the South Florida business environment has played in your success?

Networking is essential in a complicated and dynamic community such as South Florida.  It is critical to build meaningful relationships within the community of your own personal heritage, but also to form cross cultural bonds.  Most importantly, you must seek to elevate your cultural competency in understanding the subtle nuances in the personal and business background of your co-workers, employers, and business partners.  In the end, you must be willing to make yourself vulnerable in unfamiliar environments.

3.  What do you feel are the keys to successful entrepreneurship and successful mentorship?

Being a successful entrepreneur requires an unbounded faith, a passion for your ideas or particular interests, and the ability to woo others in supporting and partnering with your endeavors.  In order to sustain your success, you must be willing to share it through strategic partnerships, leveraging mutual intelligence and resources, and providing moral support with other entrepreneurs.

In your career, you will find yourself moving from being a mentee to being a mentor.  It will depend on what stage you are in your business or career.  It is a cycle of growth. Mentors learn from mentees and vice versa.  Pass it on.  Pay it forward.  A successful mentorship relationship is reciprocal and infinite.

4.   What advice would you give to young professionals on how to build their brand and differentiate themselves from their counterparts?

Your personal brand and reputation is your most precious asset.  Guard, nurture, and build it with your life. It is non-negotiable.  Even if you are employee within a company or organization, you must endeavor to outline a plan for personal and professional development.  Your organization should have a clear understanding of your core values and your proficiencies of excellence.   In the end, your leadership value will be recognized internally, and if not, you will be in a better position to transcend to your next challenge in employment and entrepreneurship.


Email: mhill@delancyhill.com

Website: www.delancyhill.com


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