Nathan B. Hinch is an attorney in private practice at Mueller, Reece & Hinch, LLC in Bloomington, Illinois where he helps clients with wills, trusts, and other estate planning matters, and with legal issues regarding business, real estate, construction, immigration, and civil litigation. He also serves as an administrative hearing officer for the Town of Normal, Illinois, in adjudication proceedings for municipal ordinance violations.
Mr. Hinch is licensed to practice law in Illinois by the Illinois Supreme Court (2007) and is admitted to the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois (2011). He holds a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law with a Certificate in the Program in Environmental and Energy Law (2007) and a B.A. in Economics, cum laude, from Wheaton College (IL) (2000). He currently serves on the board of governors and as the chairperson of the Hon. Robert C. Underwood Professionalism Committee of the McLean County Bar Association, as council member and former CLE chair for the Construction Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association, and as a member of the American Bar Association, and the Peoria County Bar Association. Mr. Hinch is also a member of the board of directors for the McLean County Chambers of Commerce and the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, and is a Paul Harris Fellow and has served as a board member of Bloomington Club of Rotary International and its Foundation, and is a Fellow with the Illinois Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation. He was named a “30 Under 30” honoree by the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce in 2010, a “40 Under 40” honoree by the McLean County Chamber of Commerce in 2014, an “Emerging Lawyer” by the Leading Lawyers Network in 2015 and 2017, and the McLean County Bar Association’s “Young Lawyer of the Year” in 2015.
Mr. Hinch currently serves as Chairman of the Philanthropy Council for Advocate BroMenn and Advocate Eureka Medical Centers, on the board of directors for the Advocate Charitable Foundation, and on the Board of Directors for the Parklands Foundation, a nature conservancy with holdings of more than 1,500 acres in McLean and Woodford Counties. He volunteers pro bono work and fundraising support for a variety of charitable organizations in McLean County, most recently including Prairie State Legal Services, the Immigration Project, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, the Boy Scouts of America, the Boys and Girls Club, and his local church. He lives in Bloomington, Illinois with his wife Sarah and their three children.
Nathan’s previous publications and presentations include the following:
- “Illinois Minimum Wage Law Updates,” presentation to the McLean County Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Development Center, May 2019.
- “Renewable Energy Construction Contracts: Some Caveat Emptor Tips for Farm Owners and Bidding Contractors,” Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 107 No. 2, February 2019.
- “Forming an Illinois Business Entity,” McLean County Bar Association in conjunction with Lawyers for the Creative Arts, November 2018.
- “Your Estate Plan – Taking Care of Loved Ones and Leaving Your Legacy,” October 2018.
- Program Coordination Chair, “Issues in Employment Law,” April 2018, McLean County Bar Association in conjunction with the McLean County Chamber of Commerce and the Bloomington Normal Human Resources Council.
- Program Coordination Co-Chair, “The Epidemic of Heroin Addiction and Opioid Drug Abuse,” November 2017, a joint effort between the McLean County Bar Association, the Office of the McLean County State’s Attorney, and the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Illinois Central District.
- “A Winter’s Tale – Snow Liability and Construction Law,” Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 105 No. 5, May 2017.
- “General Conditions – Whose Job is it Anyway?,” presented to the ISBA CLE program “Understanding a Construction Contract,” April 2017.
- “Who Would Win – Foreclosure Statute vs. Probate Act,” Building Knowledge, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 6 No. 2, September 2015.
- “You’re Fired! – Construction Contract Termination Issues,” CLE Presentation to the Illinois State Bar Association, September 2014.
- “In Weather-Tite’s Wake,” Building Knowledge, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 4 No. 1, October 2013.
- “Construction Defects and CGL Insurance,” presented to the ISBA CLE program “Insurance and Surety Bond Issues for Construction Projects,” May and October 2013.
- “Social Media Promotions and the Law,” Presented at the @AtMidwest Social Media and Business Conference at Heartland Community College, Normal, Illinois June 2012.
- “Environmental Issues with Real Estate Transactions: CERCLA “All Appropriate Inquiry” and Phase 1 Reports,” Presented to the McLean County Bar Association for continuing legal education (CLE) credit, April 2012.
- “Must a Homeowner Establish the Contractor’s State of Mind to State a Claim for a Violation of the Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act,” Building Knowledge, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 2 No. 1, October 2011.
- “Don’t Check Your Common Sense at the Door: Social Media and the Law,” Presented at the @Midwest Social Media and Business Conference at Heartland Community College, Bloomington, Illinois, July 2011. See http://atmidwest.com/.
- “How to File a Mechanics Lien Claim in Illinois,” Presented to the Bloomington Normal Area Home Builders Association, April 2011.
- “How (Not) to Work with the EPA and Your State Environmental Agency,” Guest Post for Construction Law Musings blog, www.constructionlawva.com , April 2011.
- “Public Insurance Adjuster Contracts and New Licensing Requirements,” Real Property, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 56 No. 6, April 2011.
- “Which Contract Form Should You Use?” Guest Post for Construction Law in North Carolina blog, www.constructionlawnc.com , March 2011.
- “Home Repair and Remodeling Insurance May Not Cover Contractors Violating the Home Repair and Remodeling Act,” Real Property, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 56 No. 2, November 2010.
- “Protecting the General Contractor Against Claims for Defective Work,” White Paper Presented to the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Division 5, June 18, 2010 (coauthored).
- “The Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act and Recent Court Decisions Involve Important Issues for Builders and Contractors,” Northern Lights, Northern Illinois Home Builders Association, February 2010.
Nathan is the author of the Hinch Law Blog, at www.hinchlaw.blogspot.com and can be followed on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HinchLaw), Linkedin, Instagram and Twitter (@nathanhinch). He can also be found at www.mrh-law.com.