After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 with degrees in philosophy and government, Alison moved back to her hometown to attend St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. While attending at St. Mary’s she won numerous advocacy awards based on her oral argument skills. Several times in 2005 and 2006 she argued in front of the Texas Supreme Court as well as the Court of Criminal Appeals and in 2006 won first place in the Texas Young Lawyers Association Mock Trial in front of the Supreme Court of Texas. Alison also was elected and served as the Student Bar Association President from 2005-2006. The American Bar Association recognized her outstanding achievements with a scholarship at graduation.
Since graduating from St. Mary’s School of Law in 2006, Alison Hicks has practiced law in San Antonio for almost ten years. She was recognized by S.A. Scene Magazine in 2009 as a “Rising Star” in the San Antonio legal scene, just two years into her practice. Alison has been involved in a varied litigation practice including a vast amount of courtroom and trial work, as well as appeals, probate matters, criminal trials and even appealed cases to the Court of Appeals; and ultimately the Supreme Court of Texas.
For much of her career, there has been a focus on representing families in different legal capacities; such as private clients, as well as appointments by various Judges to serve as “amicus” or “friend” of the court to aid the court in making judgments. As a child of divorce herself, Alison draws on her experiences personally as a former child of a divorce and as a mother which aid her in advising clients and forming winning strategies.
In the beginning of her practice she worked for a local firm that focused on family law. Within the family law spectrum, she primarily represented fathers that desired to gain custody of their children. Alison has seen a dramatic shift in the court’s attitudes towards fathers in her almost ten years of practice. This extensive experience in the courtroom has given her the real world knowledge of what a client should expect based on the facts of their case. Since 2009 Alison has owned her own firm practicing all facets of family law issues, such as divorce, enforcement of property division, enforcement of child visitation and support, establishment of paternity, modification of custody and child support, grandparent's rights, termination & adoption, as well as premarital and post marital agreements. She also practices general civil litigation, such as probate and personal injury matters.
Alison continues to maintain close relationships with many of her past clients and enjoys seeing the families she has helped grow. She insists that her firm is dedicated to the efficient representation of clients. Alison Hicks & Associates, PLLC has become widely respected for their ability to match expertise to the needs of a diverse client base. Our attorneys work together to find creative solutions for even the most complex concerns. Our success is founded on a philosophy that values open communication and active participation as a way of earning the solid confidence and trust of our clients. Tested methods and procedures have led to major growth and success of our firm and our clients.
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2006||09/22/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Patricia A. Scott Oral Advocacy||St. Mary's University Advocacy Professors||2006|
|Regional Chamption Appellate Advocacy Competition||Amercian Bar Association||2006|
|Order of the Barristers||St. Mary's University||2006|
|Leadership Award and Scholarship||American Bar Association||2006|
|Texas Young Lawyers Association Moot Court Winner||Texas Young Lawyers Association||2006|
|Attorney||Hicks & Schendel, PLLC||2009 - Present|
|Legal Intern White Collar Crime||Bexar County District Attorney's Office||2004 - 2004|
|Legal Intern Child Support Division||Texas Attorney General's Office||2003 - 2003|
|Lobbyist Aide||Offices of Bill Pewitt, Lobbyist||2003 - 2003|
|Legislative Aide||Bill Callegari, State Representative||2002 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section||Member||2006 - 2009|
|Student Bar Association||President||2005 - 2006|
|St Mary's University of San Antonio School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|University of Texas System, Austin||Philosophy/Government||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2002|
|Marshall High School||Undergraduate||High School Diploma||1997|