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David Keith Hicks

David Keith Hicks

Mediation/Arbitration, North State Mediation, selected complex trials
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • California, Delaware, Maine, New York
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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.

UC Davis School of Law King Hall
Law Degree
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University of California - Davis
J.D. (1972) | civil & business trial practice
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.
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Professional Experience
Mediator and practicing attorney
North State Mediation
Interim City Attorney
City of Dunsmuir
Retained by City Council during tumultuous political times in City Government. Resigned due to concurrent heavy demands of private civil litigation practice.
Articles & Publications
Default & Default Judgments
The Verdict
Speaking Engagements
Preparing for Mediation: The Ethics of Legal Fees: Attorney Fee Awards;
Frequent speaker at Bar Association educational programs, Northern California
Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley
Steven Rosenberg Mediation Course 2016 (40 hours)
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
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
- Current
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New York State Bar, retired
trial lawyer
Activities: civil rico, class-action, insurance
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Delaware Supreme Court
ID Number: phv
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New York
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    initial mediation conferences free, as are two follow-up conferences if necessary.
Practice Area
Arbitration & Mediation
Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
Additional Practice Areas
  • Mediator
  • all areas of law, State & Federal
  • Civil litigation/business
Legal Answers
Q. I live in CA. I repair appliances. I signed non compete agreement to work with new company. Is it enforced if i quit
A: Such agreements are against public policy and unlawful in California; however, don't think you can't be sued for making off with tradesecrets. such might include customer lists and other things unique to that company. Did you sign a trade secret agreement too?
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
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Websites & Blogs
Shasta Mediation
Contact & Map
North State Mediation
PO Box 562
Dunsmuir, CA 96025-0562
Telephone: (530) 235-0235
Cell: (510) 595-2000