D. Alicia Hickok

Partner

Overview

Alicia Hickok co-leads the appellate team and focuses her practice on appeals in both state and federal courts, including ten of the federal Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She has a wealth of pretrial experience as well, particularly including matters involving commonwealth or local government or agency actions and corporate governance.

Appellate Strategy

Alicia regularly works across practices in helping clients protect against litigation risk and with administrative matters and appeals.

Alicia has drawn on her prior experience as a research associate at NERA Economic Consulting to evaluate complex pretrial issues, including antitrust matters. After clerking for the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, she has seized on opportunities to develop an understanding of appellate systems, including serving for over a decade as deputy counsel and then counsel to the Pennsylvania Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee. She has authored articles and a book chapter; she also frequently presents on Pennsylvania appellate practice and procedure and other topics to judges, law clerks and practitioners.

Faculty Positions

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School — Adjunct Professor, Appellate Advocacy, 2013-present

Credentials

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh 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 District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Education

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

Honors

  • Best Lawyers® — Appellate Practice, 2020

Awards Methodology

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