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Education

  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University
  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Ronald L. Hicks, Jr. is a Pennsylvania business trial lawyer who handles emergency, complex and appellate litigation and other business matters for LGBT+ business owners and other clients.

For over 31 years, Ron has handled a variety of business and civil disputes, including claims for:

  • Misappropriation of trade secrets and intellectual property;
  • Breach of restrictive covenants and unfair competition;
  • Estate and fiduciary liability;
  • Breach of contract;
  • Insurance coverage;
  • Fraud and fraudulent transfers;
  • Creditors’ rights and bankruptcy;
  • Real estate and oil and gas title disputes;
  • Telemarketing and on-line marketing; and
  • Election and political campaign law.

He also counsels clients on various business matters including:

  • Entity formation and operation;
  • Contract review and drafting (including purchase/sales agreements and employment/independent contractor agreements);
  • Creation and implementation of web site and social media policies and practices;
  • Intellectual property matters including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and warranty/privacy issues; and
  • Certification as an LGBT Business Enterprise®.

Ron actively appears in State and Federal Courts and before arbitration and mediation panels throughout the Atlantic Coast and Midwest.  Also, he serves as an arbitrator, an early neutral evaluator and an e-discovery dispute special master for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Ron is Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group, Chair of the Energy, Utilities & Mineral Rights Group, and a member of the MUSolutions and Private Client Groups. Also, he serves as the Co-chair of the U.S./Canada Litigation Group of Meritas, a global association of select independent law firms.  Previously, he has served as a member of the firm’s management and compensation committees, as well as other administrative positions.

Professional Associations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, Elected Member (2016-2019)
    • Civil Litigation Section, Member (1988-present)
    • LGBT Rights Committee, Member (2014–present), Board Liaison (2016-2017)
    • Committee for Diversity & Inclusion, Member (2015–present), Co-Chair (2017-2018)
    • Appellate Practice Committee, Member (2016–present), Board Liaison (2017-2019)
    • ACBA Court Rules Committee, Member (2017–present), Board Liaison (2017-2018)
    • ACBA Political Action Committee, Member (2017-present)
    • Finance Committee (2019-present)
    • Judiciary Committee, Member (2013-2016), Board Liaison (2018-2019)
    • Nominating Committee, Member (2017 & 2018)
    • Women in Law (WLD) Division’s Gender Bias Committee, Member (2018-present)
    • Ad Hoc Committee Reviewing WLD’s Anti-Bias Training JCE Proposal, Chair (2018)
    • Ad Hoc Committee on Judiciary Committee Rating Period Change, Chair (2017)
    • Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Conduct Policy, Co-Chair (2017)
    • Ad Hoc Committee on IOLTA Turnover Proposed Rule, Member (2017)
    • Ad Hoc Committee for Diversity & Gender Equality, Member (2016)
  • Meritas
    • Co-Chair of U.S./Canada Litigation Group (2001-present)
    • Firm Member Contact (2012-present)
    • Membership Committee (2018-2019)
    • Member Relations & Marketing Committee (2011-2012)
    • Meritas “PR Champion” (2007)
  • Republican National Lawyers Association
    • Life Member
    • Board of Governors (2012-present)
    • Vice President, Election Education (2019-2020)
    • Co-General Counsel (2018 & 2015)
    • National EDO Operations Committee, Chair (2018)
    • Vice President, Communications (2016-2017)
    • Pittsburgh Chapter, Founding Board Member, Former Chair
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Fellow
    • Diversity Committee, Member (2016-present)
  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Fellow (2016 Class)
  • Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition (2017 – present)
    • Steering Committee, Member
    • Managing Committee, Member
    • Strategic Planning/Metrix Subcommittee, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • National LGBT Bar Association, Member
  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, Member
  • Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member

Business & Community Involvement

  • NGLCC, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
    • National Legal Industry Council, Member (2016-present)
    • Corporate Advisory & Procurement Councils, Member (2016-present)
    • Supplier Certification Committee, Member (2017-present)
  • Three Rivers Business Alliance
    • Board Member, President (2017-present)
    • Steering Committee Member (2017)
  • Penn State University College of the Liberal Arts Alumni Society
    • Board Member (2012-2017)
    • Mentor (2010-2015)
  • Penn State Alumni Association, Life Member
  • Pennsylvania Society, Member
  • Republican State Committee
    • Deputy Solicitor for Western Pennsylvania (2017-present)
    • Assistant Solicitor/Litigation Counsel (2004-2016)
    • Commonwealth Club, Member
  • Republican Committees of Allegheny County and Pittsburgh
    • Solicitor (2012-present, 2003-2008)
    • Committeeperson Pgh. 3rd Council Dist./Ward 17 (2004-Present)
  • Obtained orders striking a 24-year-old default judgment and dismissing a quiet title action claiming adverse possession of severed oil and gas rights based on such judgment, which orders were affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained, after 30 days of trial in a New Jersey state court, a $12.8 million verdict against a client’s legacy insurance companies for environmental clean-up damages.
  • Enforced an employee’s restrictive covenants by obtaining, following a 2-day hearing in federal court, a preliminary injunction imposing a 12-month non-compete in the employee’s former territory, an 18-month non-solicitation of his former employer’s customers and employees, and an indefinite ban on disclosing or using in any manner the client’s confidential information or other property.
  • Protected a manufacturer’s customer information and other trade secrets by obtaining, after a 3-day evidentiary hearing in federal court, 1-year and 10-year injunctions to prevent their misuse by a former salesman and a terminated dealer.
  • Obtained, after two 10-day jury trials in federal court, judgments totaling over $14 million for siblings against their brother/uncle and his wife for misappropriation and fraudulent transfer of family assets, and protecting those judgments by obtaining pre-verdict and post-judgment freeze orders, a declaratory judgment in Florida state court that a condominium was not homestead property, and a declaratory judgment in federal bankruptcy court that the judgment against the wife was not dischargeable.
  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 1987
  • B.A. in Pre-Law, Pennsylvania State University, 1984
  • Served as a speaker on “How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out),” NBI, Dec. 21, 2018, Pittsburgh.
  • Served on a panel addressing election law issues, American Inns of Court, Pgh. Chapter, Dec. 20, 2018, Pittsburgh.
  • Presented Election Day training program in Pennsylvania,” RNLA, Oct. 2018, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia & Bucks.
  • Served on a panel addressing “Leveraging Networks,” ACBA’s Women’s Institute for Leadership in the Law, Aug. 21, 2018, Pittsburgh.
  • Presented “Effectively Using Legal Counsel to Transact Business,” NGLCC, 2018 International Business and Leadership Conference, Aug. 15, 2018, Philadelphia.
  • Moderated two panels addressing Election Day Operations, RNLA National Election Law Seminar, Aug. 4 & 5, 2018, St. Louis.
  • Served as a speaker on “How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out),” NBI, Jul. 31, 2018, Scranton.
  • Moderated a panel discussion on “Dealing with International Contracts: The Cost Savings Edition,” ACC Webcast, Mar. 7, 2018, Pittsburgh
  • Served as a speaker on “Business Attorney’s Guide to Information Technology,” NBI, Dec. 19, 2017, Cleveland.
  • Presented “Drafting an Asset Purchase Agreement: Key Provisions,” NBI Webcast, Nov. 13, 2017, Pittsburgh.
  • Served on a panel addressing “The Ethical Obligations of the Lawyer in a World of Increased Information and Security,” RNLA National Election Law Seminar, Aug. 5, 2017, Grand Rapids.
  • Presented “Negotiation & Contracting Best Practices for LGBTBEs,” NGLCC, 2017 International Business and Leadership Conference, Aug. 2, 2017, Las Vegas.
  • Presented “Legal Holds: Ten Tips to Properly Execute a Defensible Litigation Hold,” ACC Small Law Office Department Webcast, May 11, 2017, Pittsburgh
  • Served as a speaker on “The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit,” NBI, Apr. 28, 2017, Scranton.
  • Served as a panelist for “Virtual Roundtable Series II, Program 3, ‘Advanced Contract Drafting Techniques and Tips for Choice of Law and Venue Clauses,’” ACC Webcasts, Nov. 17, 2016, Pittsburgh.
  • Presented “Dealing with ‘Rambo’ Litigators: How to Counter Unfair Tactics and Intimidation,” ALI-CLE Webinar, Nov. 14, 2016, Pittsburgh.
  • Served as a panelist on “Penalty: Holding on the Offense! Everything You Need to Know About Legal Holds,” ACC, 2016 Annual Meeting, Oct. 18, 2016, San Francisco.
  • Served as a speaker on “How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out),” NBI, Aug. 31, 2016, Pittsburgh.
  • Presented “Mock Trial – Provisional Ballot Challenges,” RNLA Summer Election School, Aug. 15, 2015, New York.
  • Presented “The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit (Handling Email, Social Media and Other ESI & Ethical Considerations),” NBI, Jul. 31, 2015, Pittsburgh.
  • Served on a panel on “Being Counsel to a Campaign,” RNLA Summer Election School, Aug. 10, 2014, Las Vegas.
  • Presented on “Social Media Risk Management,” NGLCC, International Business & Leadership Conference, Jul. 30, 2014, Las Vegas.
  • Co-authored “The Interplay between Indemnification Provisions and Insurance Clauses in Contracts for Goods and Services,” ACC Docket, March 2014.
  • Co-authored “Debunking the Myths Surrounding Natural Gas Title Washing: ‘How Can One’s Title Be Divested If Natural Gas Was Not And Cannot Be the Subject Of A Proper Real Estate Tax Assessment?’,” Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, January 2014.
  • Presented on “Natural Gas Title Washing,” Best of the Oil and Gas Law Colloquium (Jan. 23, 2014, Pittsburgh) and Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 5th Annual Oil & Gas Law Colloquium (Sept. 18, 2013 Pittsburgh).
  • Presented on “Combatting Rambo Civil Litigation Tactics,” DRI Employment & Labor Committee’s Annual Conference, Phoenix, 2013.
  • Authored “Business Workshop: ‘Title Washing’ Causes Disputes Over Subsurface Rights,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Business Workshop, July 15, 2013.
  • Served on a panel that addressed indemnification and insurance clauses in contracts for goods and services at the 2012 ACC Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
  • Served in 2012 as an “Outside Expert” on litigation for a series of editorial columns published by InsideCounsel.com over a 12-week period.
  • Author of an eBook chapter entitled, “Returning Civility to Civil Litigation,” published by ExecSense, Inc., available for download at Amazon.com.
  • 2018 Robert J. Horn Chairman’s Award, Republican National Lawyers Association
  • AV Preeminent® Rating from the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating Program
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial, Bankruptcy, Construction, Intellectual Property and Real Estate Litigation
  • Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® List
  • Included in Who’s Who in American Law