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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.


Languages spoken: French

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Practice areas


  1. Business: 40%
    38 years, 500 cases
  2. Litigation: 30%
    44 years, 800 cases
  3. General Practice: 20%
    38 years, 2 thousand cases
  4. Ethics: 10%
    28 years, 45 cases



Hourly ($440-660/hour)

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    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.


    Michael Haddad Civil rights Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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Po Box 562
Dunsmuir, CA, 96025

David Hicks

Virtual Office
Virtual Office
Emeryville, CA, 94608



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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Commendation for kindnesses, democratic and ethical principalsCity of Millbrae2008
Community Services AwardModern Greek Studies Foundation (SFSU)2008
Top 5 percent of LawyersSuperLawyers2005
pre-eminent, "a.v." ratedMartindale Hubbel1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
judge pro temSuperior Court of California1980 - Present
PresidentDavid Hicks APLC1978 - Present
Receiver to Operate 3 City Insurance BrokerageSuperior Court of California2008 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rotary InternationalN/A1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Crowe v. Californiapermanent injunction against State of Calif.
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Publication nameTitleDate
ACCTLAAttorneys Fees in Civil Rights Litigation1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bar Association functionExcluding Expert Witness Testimony2006