D. Alicia Hickok



Alicia Hickok is the co-chair of Faegre Drinker’s appellate team and has represented public entities as well as for-profit and nonprofit companies and individuals in more than 50 appeals in state and federal appellate courts. She has particular depth and breadth in the Pennsylvania court system, having argued extensively in all of the Pennsylvania appellate courts; and she also has handled appeals in other states and in several of the federal Courts of Appeals, as well as amicus and merits briefing in the United States Supreme Court. Her appeals have clarified important points of constitutional, statutory and contract law. Alicia’s clients have recognized that her analytical skills and careful attention to clients’ voices are important for client counseling and negotiation, as well as for litigation before agencies, arbitral (including international) tribunals and trial courts.

Throughout her career Alicia has been dedicated to the legal profession. She has always maintained an active pro bono practice, addressing issues under the United States and Pennsylvania Constitutions and statutes. She served as deputy counsel and counsel to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Appellate Procedural Rules Committee and has provided training to the bench and bar, as well as to law clerks. She has also been active in the American Bar Association and has been on panels at the Appellate Judges Education Institute. Alicia has been a leader of the Council of Appellate Lawyers for the Judicial Division and is currently co-chair of the Book Board and the Amicus Curiae Committees of the Section of Litigation. She is also a member of the International Bar Association. She has published on fiduciary duty and corporate governance, and has taught appellate advocacy and professional responsibility as adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.

Alicia is chair of the Governance Committee for the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Pennsylvania, a member of the Board of Directors of Fraunhofer USA and a member of the University of Pennsylvania Law Alumni Society Board of Managers.

She has a certificate in Mediating Disputes from the Harvard Program on Negotiation.

Faculty Positions

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School — Adjunct Professor, Appellate Advocacy, 2013-present; Professional Responsibility, 2021

Personal Interests

Alicia loves spending time among her heirloom flowers (and especially old roses) and open-pollinated fruits and vegetables, and sharing them and what she makes from them. She also has just recently begun to discover the joy of Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania.


Bar Admissions

New Jersey

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. Court of International Trade


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Hon. Marjorie O. Rendell, 2001-2002


University of Pennsylvania Law School
J.D. cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law Review (2001)

Texas Christian University
B.A. cum laude (1979)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Firm Blog Contributions

  • LaborSphere – a resource providing coverage and insights on breaking cases, recently enacted legislation and a broad range of labor issues

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Alicia has devoted significant time to pro bono matters throughout her career. She has served as appointed counsel for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and she has represented public-interest organizations, most recently on an appeal currently pending in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. She has also authored amicus briefs to express important public-interest perspectives in the United States Supreme Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Professional Associations

  • Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, Member Appointed by Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School — Adjunct Professor; Law School Alumni Board of Managers
  • American Bar Association — Litigation Section; Book Publishing Board, Co-chair; Amicus Curiae Committee, Co-chair; Judicial Division, Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • American Bar Foundation — Fellow
  • Philadelphia Bar Association — Amicus Curiae Committee, Co-chair

Civic Activities

  • Fraunhofer USA — Board of Directors
  • Special Olympics of Pennsylvania — Board of Directors; Governance Committee, Chair

Firm Leadership

  • Co-chair, Appellate Team
  • Member, Public Interest Committee


  • Chambers USA — Pennsylvania: Philadelphia & Surrounds, Litigation: General Commercial, 2022-23
  • Chambers USA — Pennsylvania, Litigation: Appellate, 2021-23
  • Best Lawyers®— Appellate Practice, 2019-24
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2021-22
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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