During his 45 years practicing law, David Hicks has been remarkably successful in meeting the realistic objectives of his clients, even in the most complex of cases. The over two thousand cases he has handled doing community service as an appointed Temporary Superior Court Trial Judge, Referee, Settlement Commissioner, Early Neutral Case Evaluator; training and direct experience in conducting arbitrations and mediations; and his trial practice, are precisely what it takes to understand how to get a dispute finished and mutually resolved. The kinds of cases he has worked on are across the spectrum of civil practice in state and federal courts. His focus is simple: how to help each side find their way to resolution, while preserving complete confidentiality. He is rated in the top 5% of lawyers by the two most well known rating companies, Martindale-Hubbel’s Registry of Preeminent Attorneys, and SuperLawyers®.
In the process, the parties will come to better understand the strength and weaknesses of their case, the determinative facts and legal issues, and what resolution options are realistically available.
He was an adjunct professor of law, lecturer, including serving as core lead instructor for UC Berkeley’s paralegal certification extension program during its first year. He served for six years as a Deputy Attorney General and Deputy District Attorney. He has served as City Attorney, and prior to that as a City and County Commissioner in Oakland and Alameda County.
Mr. Hicks’s easy going nature, and grasp of the importance of being well-prepared, combined with being a keen listener to the concerns of parties he assists, underpin his career as a complex problem solver.