David Keith Hicks

David Keith Hicks

Mediation/Arbitration, North State Mediation, selected complex trials
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • California, Maine, New York
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Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
I would hire David Hicks myself if I needed an attorney within any of his areas of expertise.
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Summary

Broad experience across the country in complex civil matters of significance, worked in Maine, New York, Delaware, Tennessee, Wisconsin and all courts in California. Experienced mediator, skilled listener. Served as a Superior Court Temporary Judge in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, and Siskiyou Counties. Former Adjunct Law Professor.

Practice Area
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Additional Practice Areas
  • Mediator
  • all areas of law, State & Federal
  • Civil litigation/business
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    initial mediation conferences free, as are two follow-up conferences if necessary.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Maine
New York
Languages
  • French: Spoken
Professional Experience
Mediator and practicing attorney
North State Mediation
Current
Interim City Attorney
City of Dunsmuir
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Retained by City Council during tumultuous political times in City Government. Resigned due to concurrent heavy demands of private civil litigation practice.
Education
UC Davis School of Law King Hall
Law Degree
University of California - Davis
J.D. (1972) | civil & business trial practice
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Honors: Top 5% of attorneys by SuperLawyers & Martindale Hubbel, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Humanitarian awards from Hellenic Law Society and City of Millbrae. Superior Court, Contra Costa County, for “significant and valuable contribution to this court and to the public.” Named as the East Bay’s top business attorney by the East Bay Business Times “Top Ten” lawyers in the East Bay as business attorney.
Activities: Rotary International since 1982. Chambers of Commerce and other non-profit boards of directors.
Awards
a.v. rating (very high ethical standards and legal ability)
Martindale-Hubbell Pre-eminent Attorneys
Distinguished Law Career
City of Millbrae, California
top 5% of California attorneys, inclusion in published list
Superlawyers
2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 (then moved to Siskiyou County)
Humanitarian Services
Modern Greek Studies Foundation
Given at Hellenic Law Society annual Banquet in San Francisco
Wiley W. Manuel Award (public service)
State Bar of California
The Wiley W. Manuel Award was established in 1989 by the State Bar of California. The late Justice Manuel served as a California Supreme Court Associate Justice from 1977-1981, following 23 years with the Attorney General's office, the last three of which were as chief assistant attorney general. Justice Manuel's legal career and his personal life were marked by a dedication to hard work, public service and the concept of equal justice for all segments of society.
Professional Associations
California State Bar # 53750
Member
- Current
New York State Bar, retired
trial lawyer
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Activities: civil rico, class-action, insurance
Publications
Articles & Publications
Default & Default Judgments
The Verdict
Speaking Engagements
Guest Speaker
Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley
Certifications
Mediation
Steven Rosenberg Mediation Course 2016 (40 hours)
Websites & Blogs
Website
North State Mediation
Website
Legal Answers
45 Questions Answered

Q. Where does the responsibility lie when the car manufacturer no longer makes the key for your 18 year old MBZ ML430?
A: It lies with whoever owns the car.
Q. If I am a 17 year old minor who is dependent on a parent in california, am i legally boun d to a gym membership contract
A: Minors are considered legally incompetent for some purposes when it comes to Signing a contract. Other contracts they can be held to. And example would be when you agreed to pay two dollars for a candy bar and then eat it
Q. My mediation brief is supposed to be confidential can I still show it to: 1. my oncologist 2. my psychiatrist
A: mediation briefs are NOT confidential and shouldn't be, because they are to persuade the other side that they should settle because you are on top of your game. Maybe you meant a settlement conference statement instead. Even that should be disclosed. You can discuss the secret sauce with the judge orally.
Q. Can CA city councils enact ord. concerning an approved for circulation petition that are different than the petition
A: Yes, of course they can. If they follow the rules for hearings, readings etc. You at the same time can proceed with your "different" petition. You can tell signers what the difference is if you like.
Q. I'm in a private high school in CA. Can a counselor force me to meet with her if I haven't said anything incriminating?
A: No court will order you to see an unlicensed counselor. ARe you sure she's unlicensed. Normally, a school guidance counselor takes additional classes to get a certificate to become a counselor, not a license. She might have done that. Of course, a court could order you to see another one IF THE COURT HAS JURISDICTION OVER YOU BECAUSE YOU COMMITTED A CRIME OR WERE HOMELESS, for example.
Q. How can a Realtor structure a promotion to give a portion of commission to a charity?
A: Your commission is yours after you receive it, and not before. It has nothing to do with the company or any "referral" fee. Are you trying to divert or delay income to avoid this years alternative minimum tax? You don't really need a real estate lawyer. You need a lawyer who knows about California's sales and use tax that regulates non-profit transactions. Start by checking the Attorney General's Registry of Charitable trusts to check out the organization you want to do this with. The charity can sell you advertisinig if it wants to. Or not. That's just an ordinary business transaction that is a tax deductible expense. It creates a problem for the charity about whether to charge or not charge sales or use tax. If your wanting to accomplish something other than a deductible donation, the income is still yours when the deal closes, and taxable because tax applies when your right to receive the money happens. You can't delay to 2018.
Q. I'm lost two dad's and I am told my first dad had my name on will and trust and my mom and Attorney won't show me?
A: The language identifying a beneficiary to a bank account or life insurance policy takes precedence over any contrary language in a will or a trust.
Q. Who pays for the Change of Venue of a divorce case in California?
A: cross out the line about who pays--if your wife has been supporting you. Then sign. If you are supporting yourself, just sign it.
Q. How does a durable POA become active? It is signed and notarized.
A: It is active, unless somewhere in it, it says it is not unless X event happens. David Hicks dhcases@aol.com
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Contact & Map
North State Mediation
PO Box 562
Dunsmuir, CA 96025-0562
USA
Telephone: (530) 235-0235
Cell: (510) 595-2000