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Jeffrey C. Hicks

Jeffrey C. Hicks

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Practice areas:

Real Estate

About Me

Jeffrey C. Hicks is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® rated attorney serving as Assistant General Counsel-Corporate Real Estate for Dart Container of Michigan and its related entities.  In that capacity he is responsible for overseeing legal matters pertaining to the purchase, sale, leasing, holding, and use of all domestic corporate real estate and some foreign holdings.  As Assistant General Counsel he is charged with handling the most complex, highly sensitive and specialized matters of legal policies and procedures related to corporate real estate.


 


Prior to joining Dart, Hicks was a founding member of Hicks & Mullett, PLLC.  His practice was concentrated in real property law including: commercial and residential real estate and lending; zoning; development; boundary disputes; easements; homeowner/condo associations; and, land use.  His practice also included business and business asset sales and acquisitions, and general business law.  His former clients included financial institutions ranging in size from community banks to one of the largest money managers in the Midwest, homeowner and condominium associations, developers, franchisees, homeowners, marketing and social media firms, non-profits, professional corporations and individuals.


 


Prior to entering private practice, Hicks clerked for the Honorable Philip D. Schaefer of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court for the County of Kalamazoo.  He also spent four years with the Michigan Court of Appeals in the First, Second and Fourth Districts.  During that time he completed an internship with Michigan Court of Appeals Judge, Henry William Saad.  Prior to forming Hicks & Mullett, PLLC, Jeff practiced with a boutique Lansing law firm specializing in real property, land use, wetlands, and water law. 


 


Jeff is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science-Prelaw from Michigan State University.  In 2008 he was elected to the Delta Township Board as Trustee.  He was subsequently reelected in 2012. 


 


Mr. Hicks serves or has served on the following local committees and boards:



  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Delta Government Relations Committee (2003-present); Chair (2004-present)

  • Delta Township Sign Board of Appeals (1999-present); Chair (2002-2008)

  • Delta Township Zoning Board of Appeals (1999-present); Chair (2002-2008)

  • Michigan Land Title Standards Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan (2005-present)

  • Michigan Office of Regulatory Reinventions Occupational Licensing Advisory Rules Committee (2011-2012)

  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Legal Counsel (2008-present)

  • Michigan Municipal League Water Infrastructure & Environment Committee (2009)

  • Michigan Municipal League Legislative Governance Committee (2010-2011)


Michigan Municipal League Economic Development & Land Use Committee (2010-2013)



  • Habitat For Humanity-Lansing Board of Directors, and Land Acquisition Committee (2005-2008)

  • McClaren-Greater Lansing Healthcare Foundation (formerly Ingham Regional Healthcare Foundation) Board of Directors (2007-2010)

  • McClaren-Greater Lansing Healthcare Foundation, Contributor Gifts Division Chair (2006-2008)

  • McClaren-Greater Lansing Healthcare Foundation, Grants Committee Chair (2008-2010)

  • McClaren-Greater Lansing Healthcare Foundation, Annual Support Committee (2004-2010)

  • McClaren-Greater Lansing Healthcare Foundation, Business Partners in Health Committee (2010-2012)

  • Lansing Sesquicentennial Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors (2008-present)

  • Michigan State University Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan (2005-present); President (2008)

  • Michigan State University Alumni Association International Board (2010-present); Second Vice-President (2013-present)

  • Michigan State University Alumni Association National Best Practices Task Force Chair (2009-2011)

  • Michigan State University Alumni Association International Board Engagement/Leadership Committee (2010-present); Chair 2010-2012

  • Michigan State University Green & White P.A.C. Board of Directors

  • President of the Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation (2009-2010)

  • Ingham County Bar Association Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee (2006-2011)



 


Mr. Hicks is also a licensed real estate broker.  He is a frequent speaker and contributor on real estate issues.  He has been a presenter before the Michigan Association for Justice's (formerly Michigan Trial Lawyers Association) People's Law School at Thomas M. Cooley Law School (course materials),  the Landlord's Of Mid-Michigan, Lansing Community College, Lorman Education Seminars, and has written for Michigan Lawyers Weekly (article).   Mr. Hicks is admitted to practice in all Michigan State and Federal Courts, and the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Real Estate: 100%
    17 years

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Gene F. Turnwald

    Great and knowledgeable attorney. Very respectable.

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  • Glenn A. Saltsman

    I have been friends with Jeff for over twenty years. He is an outstanding friend. I have also worked with him on several matters since he became a lawyer. I can tell you without reservation that Jeff has the utmost integrity, work ethic and abilities in his area of expertise of any lawyer I know. He is the type of friend that you can always count on in all situations. Jeff has an extremely strong appreciation for the American Way of Life. I don't just endorse Jeff Hicks, I ardently endorse and highly recommend him.

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    Relationship: Friend

Contact Info

500 Hogsback Road
Mason, MI, 48854

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MIActive And In Good Standing199808/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent® RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Camille S. Abood Distinguished Volunteer AwardIngham County Bar Association2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
Community Service AwardLansing Regional Chamber of Commerce2010
Paul Harris FellowRotary Club of Lansing2008

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Assistant General Counsel - Corporate Real EstateDart Container2013 - Present
TrusteeCharter Township of Delta2008 - Present
Managing PartnerHicks & Mullett, PLLC2002 - 2013
AttorneyD. Haywod & Associates, P.C.1998 - 2002
Law ClerkNinth Judicial Circuit Court for the County of Kalamazoo1997 - 1998
Court OfficerMichigan Court of Appeals1993 - 1997

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Michigan State University Alumni Association International Board of DirectorsPresident2015 - Present
Rotary Club of LansingBoard of Directors2013 - 2014
Michigan Office of Regulatory ReinventionOccupational Licensing Advisory Rules Committee Member2011 - 2012
MSU Green & White P.A.C.Board of Directors2010 - Present
Michigan Municipal LeagueLegislative Governance Committee2010 - 2011
Michigan Municipal LeagueEconomic Development and Land Use Committee2010 - 2013
State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section, Commercial Real Estate Finance CommitteeMember2009 - Present
Michigan State University Alumni Association National Task ForceChairman2009 - 2011
State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section, Real Estate Development & Ownership CommitteeMember2009 - Present
Michigan Municipal League Water Infrastructure & Environment CommitteeMember2009 - 2010
The Rotary Club of Lansing FoundationPresident2009 - 2010
Michigan State University Alumni Association International Board of DirectorsAdvisory Board2008 - 2010
Lansing Sesquicentennial Foundation, Inc.Board of Directors2008 - Present
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of DirectorsGeneral Counsel2008 - 2014
Michigan State University Alumni Club of Mid-MichiganPresident2008 - 2009
The Rotary Club of Lansing FoundationBoard of Directors2007 - 2011
Ingham Regional Healthcare FoundationBoard of Trustees2007 - 2010
Michigan State University Alumni Club of Mid-MichiganBoard Member2006 - 2014
Ingham County Bar Association Judicial Candidate Evaluation CommitteeMember2006 - 2011
State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section, Land Title Standards CommitteeMember2005 - Present
Habitat for Humanity - LansingBoard of Directors2005 - 2008
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Delta Government Relations CommitteeChairman2004 - Present
Delta Township Sign Board of AppealsChairman2002 - 2008
Delta Township Zoning Board of AppealsChairman2002 - 2008
Delta Township Zoning Board of AppealsBoard Member1999 - Present
Delta Township Sign Board of AppealsBoard Member1999 - Present
Ingham County Bar AssociationMember1998 - 2014
State Bar of MichiganMember1997 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Sullivan Creek Properties, LLC v DellengerSummary disposition in favor of Defendants
Otisco Township v Marhofer, et al.Summary disposition for defendants

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Ingham County Legal NewsICBA Probate Section get Pointers on Real Estate2013
JDSupraResidential Condominium Purchase Agreements - A Trap For The Unwary Michigan Real Property Attorney2011
People's Law SchoolSelect Micihgan Real Estate Law Topics II2010
Ingham County Legal NewsThe top ten mistakes in real estate transactions2009
Ingham County Bar Association BriefsCommon Mistakes In Real Estate Transactions2009
Ingham County Legal NewsLegal Effects of Various Deeds in Michigan2009
Landlords Of Mid-MichiganWhen facing zoning board of appeals, know what to the process entails2008
Ingham County Bar Association - BriefsKnow what to expect when representing clients before the Zoning Board of Appeals2008
Michigan Land Title StandardsEasements and Land Contracts Committees2008
Michigan Lawyers WeeklyWhen facing zoning board of appeals, know what to the process entails2008
Michigan Association for Justice - People's Law SchoolSelect Michigan Real Estate Law Topics2007

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJuris Doctor1997
Michigan State UniversityPolitical Science - PrelawBachelor of Arts1993

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Michigan Townships Association Annual ConferenceThings I Wish I’d Known When I First Became a Trustee2013
Ingham County Bar Association, Probate and Trust SectionDealing with Underwater Property in Trusts & Estates & Top 10 Mistakes in Real Estate Transactions2013
New Officials TrainingGetting Started Right - Things I Wish I’d Known When I First Became a Trustee2012
ENGAGE2012 OrlandoStaying Safe: Advice for 501(c)(3) and other Non-Profits – Best Practices and Evaluation Model – Grant Funding Model Requests2012
Michigan Capital Area United Way Young - Leaders SocietyManaging Your Team - Managing Committees & Ensuring Effective Boards2011
ENGAGE2011Best Practices and Regional Club Evaluation Model2011
ENGAGE2011How to Stay Safe: Advice for Non-Profits2011
People's Law SchoolMichigan Real Estate Law2010
Michigan Capital Area United Way - Young Leaders SocietyManaging Non-Profit Boards and Committees2010
Ingham County Bar Association Luncheon LectureTop Ten Mistakes in Real Estate Transactions2009
Ingham County Bar Association - Probate & Trust Law SectionThe Legal Effects of Various Deeds2009
Michigan State University Alumni Association Growing Forward Leadership Conference, San Franscisco, CAEffective Board Communication2008
Michigan State University Alumni Association Growing Forward Leadership Conference, Manhattan, NYEffective Board Communication2008
Landlords of Mid-MichiganMichigan Real Estate Law and Zoning Variance Procedures2008
People's Law SchoolMichigan Real Estate Law2007
Landlords of Mid-MichiganLimited Liability Companies, Landlord/Tenant Case Law Review2006
Coldwell Banker Hubbel Real Estate Sales MeetingReal Estate Case Law Update2005
Coldwell Banker Hubbel Real Estate Sales MeetingReal Estate Case Law Update2005
Coldwell Banker Hubbel Real Estate Sales MeetingReal Estate Case Law Update2004
Law of Easements: Legal Issues And Practical Considerations in MichiganLaw of Easements in Michigan2003
Landlords of Mid-MichiganBenefits and Drawbacks of Michigan Limited Liability Companies2003
Landlords of Mid-MichiganMichigan Zoning Update2003
Coldwell Banker Hubbel Real Estate Sales MeetingReal Estate Case Law Update2003