Professional Details

David Hicks

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PO Box 562
Dunsmuir, CA 96025
510 595 2000

Description of Practice

He has over 40 years trying cases, while conducting dozens of binding arbitrations and successful mediations as a lawyer and a bench officer. He has served as Temporary Judge of the Superior Court by invitation in 5 California Counties. Every year since the late 1980’s David Hicks has been awarded the highest possible rating by judges he has appeared before and peers whom he opposed in the most widely respected rating publication: Martindale-Hubbel's “Preeminent Attorneys” (top 5%). His peers first designated him as a SUPERLAWYER in 2005. The East Bay Business Times picked him as “One of Ten Best Attorneys in the East Bay” (His field: “Business”).

He was honored at a Hellenic Law Society dinner in San Francisco by the Modern Greek Studies Foundation, for 25 years of pro bono publico services to its educational goals, and officially commended by the City of Millbrae for “his many acts of kindness, and his exemplification of the ethical and democratic principals that have shaped not only his career, but his strong commitment” to the community “he so generously serves.”

He has consistently and without exception been in good standing in every court he's served into which he has been admitted to practice, including the U. S. Supreme Court, all three California federal district courts and the state of Maine, as well as all courts in New York where he was also admitted to practice. He also succeeded in the Chancery Courts of Tennessee and Delaware (Bank of the West merger—class action case).

Professional Background

See his résumé at


More than 60 arbitrations--two medical malpractice cases currently pending(2017)--for state and federal courts.

Numerous mediations by appointments by Superior Court of California, Alameda and Contra Costa County.


JD (Doctorate in Jurisprudence) University of California, Davis, School of Law. BA Political Science, Humanities Honors, SJSU.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2016    Steven Rosenberg    40


There is no one approach to dispute resolution; but common to each type is being a careful listener who fully grasps the objectives of all the parties and works to find an acceptable final resolution by all concerned.


Fees are generally shared equally by the parties at $440 per hour total. In 2017, the U.S. District Court in the SF Bay Area awarded him $660 per hour for successful mediation work based on professional standing and benefits conferred on the parties by Mr. Hicks efforts.

Areas of Practice

  • Accidents
  • ADA
  • Agriculture & Ranching
  • Appellate
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Entertainment
  • Foreclosure
  • Franchise
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Non Profits
  • Nursing Home
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Sports
  • Tax
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Counselor
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator


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