D. Alicia Hickok



Alicia Hickok co-leads the appellate team and has handled numerous appeals in both state and federal courts. She has a wide range of litigation experience as well, including within agencies, arbitral (including international) tribunals and trial courts. Alicia has represented large for-profit and nonprofit companies in various industries, including health care, translational research and energy, as well as defending and challenging local and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania public entities in their exercise of statutory authority.

Appellate Strategy

Alicia also works with colleagues in other practice groups to help clients from the earliest stages of transactions protect against litigation risk or position themselves for litigation success. Her background with an economic consulting firm has given her a facility with complex matters. She clerked for the Hon. Marjorie O. Rendell after law school, and since that time has contributed to the profession in numerous ways, including pro bono work involving state and federal constitutional issues, authoring articles and book chapters (in Her Story and Litigating Fiduciary Duty Claims), serving as deputy counsel and counsel to the Pennsylvania Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, and being a leader in the ABA Litigation Section, where she currently co-chairs the Book Publishing Board and Amicus Curiae Committee, and the Judicial Division, where she has served on the Executive Committee of the Council of Appellate Lawyers. Alicia has presented at state and national conferences as well as providing training to judges, law clerks and practitioners. She is a member of the International Bar Association.

Faculty Positions

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


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 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

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

  • American Bar Foundation — Fellow
  • American Bar Association — Litigation Section, Co-Chair, Book Board
  • American Bar Association – Judicial Division, Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • Litigation Counsel of America — Fellow
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association — Appellate Advocacy Committee and Judicial Administration Committee
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School — Alumni Board of Managers

Civic Activities

  • Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, 2016-present

Firm Leadership

  • Co-leader, Appellate Practice Team; Pro Bono Committee 
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Co-chair, Appellate Team; Public Interest Committee


  • Chambers USA — Pennsylvania: Philadelphia & Surrounds, Litigation: General Commercial, 2022
  • Chambers USA — Pennsylvania, Litigation: Appellate, 2021-22
  • Best Lawyers®— Appellate Practice, 2019-23
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2021

Awards Methodology

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