David Keith Hicks

David Keith Hicks

Mediation/Arbitration, North State Mediation
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • California, Maine, New York
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Summary

broad experience across the country in complex civil matters of significance. 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
Education
UC Davis School of Law King Hall
Law Degree
University of California - Davis
J.D. / civil & business trial practice (1972)
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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
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
Distinguished Law Career
City of Millbrae, California
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
Speaking Engagements
Guest Speaker
Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley
Certifications
Mediation
Steven Rosenberg Mediation Course (40 hours)
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Legal Answers
17 Questions Answered

Q. My cable company consistently sends me mail in Spanish. My last name is Smith. I live in the USA and speak only English.
A: Sure you can sue. The question is: can you win? not every kind of discrimination is illegal. You can prefer beef to pork, for example. Discrimination laws protect certain CLASSES of people as defined in our constitution and laws. An airline cannot be prevented from not hiring very heavy and large people, but can be sued for firing them if they can weight due to illness. Other protected classes are based on things like age, sex, sexual preference, national origin, religion, race and political preference. You've raised the issue of race. Is the cable company discriminating against you based on race? You don't mention one. Your best bet, check the mailings for English versions--they usually send both. Second, if you don't find any English language materials, call them and ask them to change your language preference. Third, you could benefit by learning to speak Spanish. You can't win with these facts because not being bilingual doesn't put you inside a protected class. Another reason is the Cable Company is not a governmental entity so you'd lose based on that too.
Q. Hello,Can i use a pen name signing up my personal information on the copyright.gov website? Should i get it trademarked?
A: You can use any name you want to, as long as you don't defraud anyone or evade a tax. On tax returns they'll ask you for both. But those are confidential. It's called a pseudonym not a pen name, which is a term used for writers. So, I'd say no. Names can be protected, but not if they are others' names as well. A better alternative might be to form a limited liability company, or a subchapter S corporation.
Q. I have a month-to-month lease since 6/1/15. Is 60 days notice of termination required or is 30 days sufficient?
A: Maybe yes, maybe no. The 60 day notice applies to landlords. The contract terms apply to tenants. Read it.
Q. Can a realtor ask you to sign a contract stating you can only work with him and no other broker?
A: Yes. Nothing illegal about it. Reasonable too, if you think about how brokers get paid--based on results that may take much time and expense, but no compensation as you go along.
Q. My kids softball team is making it mandatory for us to sell all there raffle tickets or my kids can't play what can I do
A: Anyone can sue anyone for anything. The question is can you win. Here no. They are a private organization with likely no assets. So even if you win, part B of the real question is can you collect if you win? I think the answer to both questions is no. Your kids have no obligation to play softball, and so the selling is not really mandatory. Sometimes you can sue such private associations or the people who run it--for discrimination. But here you say the reason is ticket selling. That's not in a protected class, like race, religion or national origin. So forget about it. Did you ask yourself, by the way, whether the experience of getting out there and working toward a goal would have benefitted them?
Q. What do I do with a father in law that has dementia his wife is in a coma from
A: Get him into a dementia care facility, then complete your sentence.
Q. My car was repossessed, i paid the 2 late payments and repo charges, Am I resonsible for the payment during the time
A: Yes, you are. Repossession means you had failed to meet your obligations under your vehicle purchase agreement. By paying the repo charges and late fees, you are getting the contract reinstated retroactively. You may not have been able to drive the car, but you are/were the legal owner.
Q. Hi there, does employment (staff lease) agency should be licensed in California, what institution is in charge of this?
A: Contact the California State Labor Commissioner's office. I think they call their office for this the Division of Field Enforcement, or used to. They can guide you.
Q. Unlike past Presidents who set agendas goals for the 1st 100 days. Trump dated and signed a Contract with voters Breech
A: No, of course not. Political and religious speech are of the highest free speech rights. Commercial speech is also protected but to a lesser degree. Fooling you was one of the permissible acts under the first amendment. Your duty was to yourself, your friends and neighbors and the country to not get fooled. You don't have standing to sue.
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Dunsmuir, CA 96025-0562
USA
Telephone: (530) 235-0235
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