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David Keith Hicks

Mediation Attorney at Dunsmuir, CA

5.0   3 reviews

also known as North State Mediation

  • State Years
    California - CA 51 years
    New York - NY 38 years
  • Licensed for 51 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1972
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1986
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Mediation

  2. Litigation
    conducted cases in courts in California, New York, Maine, Delaware and Tennessee. completed 400 trials by 1978

    52 years, 800 cases

  3. General practice
    Have such broad experience over time that I'll laugh if you call me a dinosaur, and agree with you.

    46 years, 2,000 cases

  4. Business
    advise and represent business entities as counsel and outside general counsel

    46 years, 500 cases

  5. Ethics and professional responsibility
    fee issues, representing law firms in fee applications. expert witness testimony. numerous awards in six and seven figures.

    36 years, 45 cases

Mediation is my chief focus.  See .

When I'm not working, I'm helping with community service.  See my website at for more information.  I have represented many lawyers and the family members of judges, and served as a Temporary Superior Court Judge in 5 California counties from 1979 to 2013, by invitation from those Courts after they had come to know my work. We are frank and prompt with advice, keep our clients posted on their cases and expect to win without having to break any rules.  We won't take dishonest clients.  If there aren't any tracks in the snow, we'll make some.

See my website at

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David Keith Hicks
Po Box 562
Dunsmuir, CA, 96025
David Hicks
Virtual Office
Oakland, CA, 94607
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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Marissa | March 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable!
David was an excellent lawyer. He is so nice and easy to talk to. He went above and beyond for us. It didn’t matter what time or day it was, we were always able to reach him with any questions or concerns. He is very knowledgeable and fought hard for us. I will definitely recommend him to anyone in need of a lawyer.
Posted by Sara Marie | April 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I was wrongly accused of Grand Theft Auto by a very prominent car dealership. Not only did Mr.Hicks prove my innocence. He won me $75000. Thank you Mr.Hicks.
Posted by Taafe | October 20, 2010
A fine lawyer
Well recognized lawyer did fine job in two matters


  • Hourly Rates $ 440-660 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • judge pro tem
  • Superior Court of California
  • 1980 - Present
  • President
  • David Hicks APLC
  • 1978 - Present
  • Receiver to Operate 3 City Insurance Brokerage
  • Superior Court of California
  • 2008 - 2009


  • Univ. Calif., Davis, CA
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Crowe v. California
  • permanent injunction against State of Calif. $1.2 million fee awarded by Court


  • Rotary International
  • 1982 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Commendation for kindnesses, democratic and ethical principals
  • City of Millbrae
  • 2008
  • Community Services Award
  • Modern Greek Studies Foundation (SFSU)
  • 2008
  • Top 5 percent of Lawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2005
  • pre-eminent, "a.v." rated
  • Martindale Hubbel
  • 1986
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  • Attorneys Fees in Civil Rights Litigation
  • 1989

Speaking Engagements

  • Bar Association function
  • Excluding Expert Witness Testimony
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
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Mediation Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Hicks is a lawyer’s lawyer. By that I do not mean that he exclusively represents lawyers. I mean that he is a lawyer that other lawyers (like myself) admire. He is extremely bright, capable and experienced in a wide variety of contract and litigation matters and also has extensive experience with mediation both as a litigant’s lawyer and as a mediator. I've seen his work in a couple of forums. In one matter I'm very familiar with, he obtained a seven figure settlement offer for his client in a mediation."
General practice Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Hicks is a very creative, strong lawyer, with a big heart to boot. Having known his work in the community for many years, I can say you definitely want him on your side."
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Dunsmuir Mediation Lawyer David Keith Hicks
David Keith Hicks
Mediation Attorney
Dunsmuir, CA
Licensed for 51 years