William D. Kickham Esq.
About William D. Kickham Esq.Attorney William Kickham has more than 20 years of legal practice from diverse positions in law and media, providing counsel on a wide range of legal and trial issues, in both the civil and criminal arenas. Mr. Kickham presently practices law in his own firm in Westwood, Massachusetts, and until recently was the Executive Producer and host of his own TV talk show, At The Bar, previously broadcast on the Comcast network in the suburban Boston market, discussing a variety of legal and litigation issues within Massachusetts and nationally.
In his diverse legal roles, Mr. Kickham has served as the New England Regional Manager for the Insurance Information Institute, a nationwide trade association of liability insurance companies. In this capacity, Mr. Kickham acted as the Institute’s chief spokesperson to all media, industry and opposition groups having an interest in the industry’s legal and litigation issues. Within his role, Mr. Kickham worked with and appeared in all major print, radio and television media throughout New England, as well as in national publications such as USA Today, The National Law Journal, Lawyers Weekly USA, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
Prior to his association with the Institute, Mr. Kickham served as Public Affairs Counsel for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA), in Boston. MATA is a specialty bar association, and is the state chapter of the American Association for Justice, (for many years formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA). Mr. Kickham was responsible for media relations on all legal and trial issues, insurance liability, tort reform and civil justice issues. He directed all media coverage and commentary for the association, and served as Editor-In-Chief of all news operations. He regularly appeared in major print and broadcast media, regionally and nationally.
While attending Suffolk University Law School, Mr. Kickham also served on the House Judiciary Committee within the Massachusetts House, where he was Communications Coordinator for legal and legislative matters before the Committee. Prior to entering Suffolk Law School, Mr. Kickham directed media relations and communications strategy within a statewide coalition to reform auto insurance in Massachusetts, where he communicated complex legislative issues to a wide variety of media. Mr. Kickham is a former Special Assistant District Attorney for Norfolk County in Massachusetts, and has tried numerous criminal cases, as both prosecutor and defense counsel.
Mr. Kickham holds a degree in Economics from Boston College, and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. He is a member of the Massachusetts and Federal Bars, was a 1982 award recipient from the Outstanding Young Men of America, and a scholarship recipient from Suffolk University Law School. In addition to serving as the host of his own talk show, At The Bar from1995 to 2005, Mr. Kickham has appeared as legal analyst and commentator on Court TV, and appeared as spokesperson and legal commentator in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, WBZ-AM Radio, WCVB-TV, WBZ-TV, WHDH-TV, and New England Cable News, discussing a wide variety of legal issues and organizations. In addition, he has worked with such national news organizations as USA Today and 60 Minutes, in briefing researchers and producers on legal issues.
Mr. Kickham resides with his wife Debbi in Westwood, Massachusetts.
Directory Practice Areas
- Asbestos & Mesothelioma
- Business Law
- Construction Law
- Consumer Law
- Criminal Law
- DUI & DWI
- Elder Law
- Estate Planning
- Insurance Claims
- Landlord Tenant
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
- Personal Injury
- Products Liability
- Real Estate Law
- Traffic Tickets
- White Collar Crime
- Workers' Compensation
Additional Practice Areas
- Car Accidents
- General Civil
- Insurance Bad Faith
- Contingent Fees
- Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
|Massachusetts District Court Criminal Defense (Committee for Public Counsel Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts)|
|Managing Partner, Law Offices of William D. Kickham, Esq.|
|Principal, Attorney William D. Kickham, Westwood, MA. Provide legal & communications counsel in areas of corporate communications, media relations, and policy issues for advocacy, legal & business organizations. - Provide litigation and legal counsel to businesses and individuals within general practice. - Communicate legal and public policy issues with media news editors and reporters. - Manage interest group communications and government relations. - Occasional Court TV and Print/Broadcast Media Legal Analyst|
|Host and Executive Producer, Comcast Television Network|
|Television Show Host, At The Bar, Comcast Cable Television Network. Serve as Executive Producer and Host of Comcast television programming, reporting on legal, business & finance issues. • Talk show featuring prominent guests within monthly 30-minute televised legal news format. • Deliver analysis & commentary of current legal & financial issues. • Originate, write & edit all news material, covering legal, financial and consumer issues.|
|Regional Manager, Insurance Information Institute|
|Regional Manager of Communications, Insurance Information Institute. Directed Media and Public Relations for New England office of national liability insurance association. Managed corporate communications, message development and media/community relations. • Created & executed Strategic Communications/Marketing Program for six-state region, producing 75% increase in positive media coverage. • Produced & communicated Tort Reform Impact Program to media & regulators, resulting in significant business legislative reform & expansion of industry earnings by 40%. • Spearheaded industry Community Outreach Program, creating strategic business alliances. • Wrote/edited all press releases and communications on legal & liability issues; made all media appearances as organizational spokesperson|
|Public Affairs Counsel, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys|
|Public Affairs Counsel, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. Directed media and external relations involving legal issues, state & federal court system, and tort & insurance law for bar association. Managed news writing and communications agenda before press, legislators, and interest groups. • Created new Media Relations Department, producing 100% increase in message recognition. • Appeared as Spokesperson to all press and electronic media, producing regular visibility. • Provided media training and coaching to all Board leadership making media appearances • Wrote/edited all Op-eds, speeches and publications as Editor-In-Chief on legal issues.|
|Communications Coordinator, Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Massachusetts House of Representatives|
|Communications Coordinator, Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Massachusetts House of Representatives, Boston. Developed media kits concerning legislation impacting liability of business organizations. • Re-designed press release format for 50% increased content accuracy & message efficacy. • Developed effective relationships with over 12 major print & electronic news organizations, producing 75% increase in positive news coverage of committee operations.|
|Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts||J.D (1985)||Law|
|Details: Trustee Scholarship Recipient|
|Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts||B.S., Economics|
|Details: Member of Westwood, Massachusetts chapter of international organization dedicated to charitable and philanthropic efforts, both locally and internationally.|
|Director||Westwood Community Access Television Corp.||2007-Current|
|Details: Serve on Board of Directors developing and overseeing creation, organization and operational policy development of community access television system within town of Westwood, Massachusetts.|
|Award, Outstanding Young Men of America|
|Award given to young men between ages of 18 -25 who have demonstated outstanding civic and/or charitable involvement in their communities.|
|Member, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys|
|Member, American Association for Justice|
WEBSITES & BLOGS
Website: William D. Kickham's Website Profile
Website: William D. Kickham Website
Website: William D. Kickham's Criminal Defense Website Profile
Website: Law Offices of William D. Kickham, Esq. - Criminal Defense Website
Blog: Boston Criminal Attorney Blog
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Blog: Boston Accident Lawyer Blog
Massachusetts Nursing Home Patient Negligence: When Will This Industry Learn How to Improve? Part One of Two Massachusetts Lawnmower Accidents: Among The Meanest Cuts Of All Massachusetts Distracted Driving Accidents: This Kind of Stupidity is Global Massachusetts Backover Accidents May Lessen Due To New Safety Rules Defective Products Recalls With GM & Toyota: Are You Safe? Liability Insurers Still Fighting Boston Marathon Claims, Almost One Year Later Massachusetts Car Accidents More Likely for Drinkers 55 & Older Massachusetts Nursing Homes Given New Care Standards for Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Patients Avoid Causing A Massachusetts Car Accident: Remove Snow From Your Car Roof!
NYT finally advocates federal legalization of pot. Will Washington & Obama listen? Wait, that takes backbone. http://nyti.ms/1tO90WF— William D. Kickham Esq. (@wdkickham) 13.5 hours ago
Massachusetts Gun Reform Bill: Expand Police Chiefs' Powers or Not?: A lot of back-and-forth has been going o... http://bit.ly/1xnhHr8— William D. Kickham Esq. (@wdkickham) 1 day ago
Massachusetts Nursing Home Patient Negligence: When Will This Industry Learn How to Improve? Part One of Tw... http://bit.ly/1q20scg— William D. Kickham Esq. (@wdkickham) 2 days ago
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Massachusetts SJC Decision Barring Juvenile Life Sentences Without Parole: Good or Bad?: In my previous post ... http://bit.ly/1t20Yca— William D. Kickham Esq. (@wdkickham) July 16, 2014
ACLU’S LATEST “BIG IDEA”: LET’S BAN DRUG AND WEAPONS-SNIFFING DOGS FROM PRISONS: Most people who know me woul... http://bit.ly/1p6lZzZ— William D. Kickham Esq. (@wdkickham) July 15, 2014
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Sex Change Order for Convicted Murderer Kosilek: Judges Gone Wild: It is with c... http://bit.ly/1wtkzSR— William D. Kickham Esq. (@wdkickham) July 15, 2014
Massachusetts College Sex Crimes Accusations: Gender Bias is Frequent: When people ask me how I can defend pe... http://bit.ly/1jwoLkb— William D. Kickham Esq. (@wdkickham) July 15, 2014
MASSACHUSETTS CELL PHONE RECORDS & POLICE INVESTIGATIONS: SJC TELLS POLICE: GET A SEARCH WARRANT FIRST: Tech... http://bit.ly/1p5GigO— William D. Kickham Esq. (@wdkickham) July 15, 2014
Massachusetts SJC Upholds Punitive Damages Award in Massachusetts Pool Death Case: If I asked you what “puniti... http://bit.ly/1jwfSXS— William D. Kickham Esq. (@wdkickham) July 15, 2014