negligence, malpractice, and products and premises liability cases involving both the public and the private sectors. Hicks has successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients, including: a recovery of $1.9 million for the wrongful death of a five-year-old boy who fell from the window of a high-rise apartment building where the landlord failed to install proper window guards; a settlement of $1.38 million to the estate of an eight-year-old child who died of post operative bleeding, proving that the defendant physician had failed to treat the bleeding; $1.5 from an obstetrician and sonogram technician for failing to detect fetal abnormalities on a screening sonogram which thereby deprived the parents of a child born with severe and multiple birth defects of the opportunity to terminate the pregnancy; $1.75 million from CIBA GIEGY for the wife and children of a construction worker who was killed when struck by a temporary support, proving that the defendant violated Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations that required the temporary support to be braced; and $1 million for a construction worker who suffered a severe leg injury when struck by a truck, proving that the negligence by traffic control officers combined with negligence of the truck driver caused the accident. Notably, Hicks was also lead counsel in the reported case Crippen vs. Central Jersey Concrete Pipe, 176 N.J. 397, 823 A2d 789 (2003), in which a widow sued her late husband's employer for covering up its failure to correct violations found by OSHA in its equipment. In 2007, he was named to Lawdragon's 3000 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America list, which includes less than one percent of all the lawyers in America.
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- Essex County Bar Association
- Union County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Richard J. Hughes Inns of Court Program, President (2007-09)
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- American Association for Justice
- New Jersey Association for Justice
- National Institute for Trial Advocacy
- American Arbitration Association, National Panel of Arbitrators (1992-98)
- New Jersey State Bar
- New York State Bar
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Crippen vs. Central Jersey Concrete Pipe, 176 N.J. 397, 823 A2d 789 (2003)
- Galvao v. G.R. Robert Construction Company, 179 N.J. 462, 846 A.2d 1215 (2004)
- Lawdragon's 3000 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America, 2007-09
- New Jersey Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Super Lawyer 2005-09
- Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
- Best Brief, Appellate Advocacy Award, 1979
- Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1979
- Mock Trial Attorney, "Masters of Trial: Cross-Examination of the Defendant," Northern New Jersey Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, May 2006
- Speaker, "Recent Case Updates in Medical Malpractice and Automobile Negligence," Essex County Bar Association Trial Attorneys of New Jersey & Union County Bar Association, April 2006
- Speaker, ""Medical Evidence in New Jersey Court: Your Guide to Effective Use," National Business Institute, June 2005
- Panelist, "Handling the Automobile Claim in New Jersey," National Business Institute, September 2004
- Speaker, "The Pitfalls of Avoiding the Workers' Compensation Bar," Association of Trial Lawyers of America-New Jersey Chapter, June 2004
- Speaker, “Traps for the Unwary-Statutory Immunities, Title 59 & Federal Court”, New Jersey Association for Justice, February, 2009
- Author, "New Jersey Personal Injury Complaints and Answers," West Publications, 1995
Merserole v. Nahm — Wrongful death medical malpractice case against surgeon successfully litigated proving surgeon failed to follow-up on complaints of mother of decendent of post operative bleeding.
Shull v. Linden Airport — Wrongul death case where estate of small aircraft pilot successfully litigated claim against airport for defective obstruction warnings.
Crippen v. Central Jersey Concrete Company — Wrongful death case by estate of employee against employer that was ultimate argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court and established the requirements for circumventing the workers compensation bar.