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Randall Hicks limits his practice to adoption (stepparent, independent, agency). He is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and is also the author of several leading adoption books: ADOPTION: The Essential Guide to Adoption Quickly and Safely, ADOPTING IN AMERICA: How To Adopt Within One Year and Adoption Stories for Young Children.


Virtually all other attorneys doing stepparent and newborn adoptions are family law practitioners, meaning 99% of their practice is likely divorce and child custody. Because Randy does nothing but adoptions, he believes he can do them better, faster, and less expensively. Most importantly, his approach is very personal as he understands the importance of the creation of a family and had dedicated his professional life to that one goal.


His Stepparent Adoption Center features a flat fee of only $1,500 for most uncontested stepparent adoptions, which even includes the court filing fee. This includes not only the usual work associated with the adoption and obtaining the absent parent's consent, but even appearing with the family in the finalization court hearing.


His books, and their focus on ethical and affordable adoption, have been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun Times, and on television programs like CBS This Morning, The Home Show, Mike & Maty, Leeza Gibbons, and Sally Jessy Raphael. Randy was also the host of the 1991 PBS educational series, Adoption Forum.


For information about stepparent  adoption, please visit For independent and agency adoption, please visit


Languages spoken: English, French

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Practice areas


  1. Adoption: 100%
    30 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (sometimes)

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Kristine Elizabeth Colburn

    I endorse this lawyer. Every time I have worked with Randy, I have found him professional, caring and ethical. I highly endorse him.


    Kristine Colburn Adoption Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Donald C Cofsky

    I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Hicks on adoption matters between his state (CA) and mine (NJ). As an adoption attorney myself I found him extremely easy to work with, totally responsive and available, and highly ethical. I was also impressed by the care and concern he had for his clients.


    Donald Cofsky Adoption Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

11801 Pierce Street #200
Riverside, CA, 92505

4025 Camino Del Rio South
Suite 300
San Diego, CA, 92108



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Author AwardCity of Los Angeles, American Business Women's Association2006
Best Debut Mystery Novel (for The Baby Game)Editors of Mystery Ink2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Sole practitionerLaw Offices of Randall Hicks1987 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysFellow1992 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarMember1988 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1986 - Present
Academy of California Adoption Lawyersfellow1998 - 2005
Orange County Adoption Councilmember1989 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Bridget and Lucy R.Appellate court ruled for adoptive parents
In Re Wanomi P.A case won in the California appellate court
Jinny N. v. Superior CourtAdopting mother/petitioner won in appellate court
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Publication nameTitleDate
California Lawyer MagazineIn Pro Per: Man of Mystery2008
How To Non-fiction, Penguin Publishing/Perigee TradeADOPTION: The Essential Guide to Adopting Quickly and Safely2007
How to guide, WordSlinger PressADOPTING IN AMERICA: How To Adopt Within One Year2005
Fiction novel - WordSlinger PressThe Baby Game2005
Non-fiction how to legal guideADOPTING IN CALIFORNIA: How To Adopt Within One Year1999
Fiction - children's bookAdoption Stories for Young Children1995
Orange County Lawyer MagazineHow to Terminate Parental Rights1994
Resolve National NewsletterSelecting an Adoption Attorney1993
Orange County Medical AssociationThe Role of the Physician in Adoption1989
The Female PatientAlternatives in Adoption1988
Orange County Bar AssociationHow to Handle Adoptions in Orange County1988
Physician AssistantAlternatives in Adoption1988
Orange County PsychologistThe Psychologist's Role in Adoption1988
Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law JournalRequiem for a Parody1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
California State University, Long BeachCriminal JusticeMA - Masters1980
California State University, FullertonCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Resolve Adoption SeminarHow to adopt2008
CBS This Morninglegal issues in adoption2008
Academy of California Adoption Lawyers, practice seminarAdoption2002
Mike & Mady Show (NBC)legal and emotional issues in adoption1997
The Home Show (Family Network)legal issues in adoption1996
North American Council for Adoptable Children (NACAC)adoption1996
John and Leeza from Hollywood (NBC)legal issues in adoption1996
Orange County Adoption FaireAdoption1990