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Mr. Hicks worked his way through law school as a police officer in Arlington County and as a night watchman on a construction site. He passed the Bar exam before graduation and was licensed to practice law four days after receiving his J.D. He then resigned from his position as police officer to begin his law career as an Arlington County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. While serving in this capacity, he tried many misdemeanor and felony cases, and a large number of these were before juries.

Mr. Hicks later went into private practice as an associate of Paul Terrence O’Grady who, in addition to his private practice, served as the City Attorney for Falls Church.   As the Assistant City Attorney, Mr. Hicks served as the City Prosecutor. Although Mr. Hicks left Mr. O’Grady’s practice after about three years to join a friend’s private practice, he continued to act as the part-time City Prosecutor for another fifteen years, trying hundreds of cases.

Mr. Hicks is currently a solo practitioner. An award-winning criminal defense attorney with extensive experience on both sides of the courtroom, he handles over a hundred criminal defense cases a year. He looks forward to many more years of defending the rights of individuals accused of crimes here in Fairfax County and other Northern Virginia jurisdictions.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    40 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    38 years
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    38 years



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  • Jeremy Stephen Letnick

    I endorse this lawyer. Billy is one of the top Criminal Defense and DUI lawyers in Virginia. His years of experience, including as a former prosecutor, gives him the unique ability to provide his clients with unparalleled representation. He is very approachable and lawyers are frequently asking for his advice on legal matters. I highly recommend this lawyer to anyone needing a good defense attorney.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Billy. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info


5429 Backlick Road
Suite 110
Springfield, VA, 22151


DCActive 197907/06/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law197603/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Top LawyersNorthern Virginia Magazine2014
Top LawyersLegal Leaders2014
Top Lawyers In VirginaLegal Network2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyB.R. Hicks, PC1985 - Present
City of Falls Church ProsecutorCity of Falls Church1979 - 1997
Assistant Commonwealth AttorneyArlington Commonwealth's Attorney1976 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
District of Columbia BarMember1979 - Present
Virginia State BarMember1976 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law SectionChairman2013 - 2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
East Carolina UniversityHistoryBS - Bachelor of Science1970