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Robert Hicks, Esq., Of Counsel

Education

New York Law School, New York, N.Y., J.D. 1982, Cum Laude
Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J., B.A. 1978

Professional Associations and Admissions

New Jersey State Bar Association; chair, New Jersey State Bar Medical Malpractice Committee, (2009-2011); Essex County Bar Association; Union County Bar Association; American Bar Association; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; Richard J. Hughes Inns of Court Program, president (2007-2009); Haydn Proctor Inn of Court-Master; American Board of Trial Advocates; American Association of Justice; New Jersey Association for Justice, National Institute for Trial Advocacy; American Arbitration Association, National Panel of Arbitrators (1992-1998).

Admitted to practice law in New Jersey, New York, and the United States Supreme Court.

Honors and Awards

Million Dollar Advocates Forum (2013); Listed in Best Lawyers in America (2007-2013); Lawdragon's 3000 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America (2007-2013); New Jersey Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Super Lawyer (2005-2013); Preeminent Lawyers in America (2009-2013); Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy; Best Brief, Appellate Advocacy Award, (1979); Who's Who in America Colleges and Universities (1979).

Negligence, Malpractice, Products Liability, Premises Liability

Robert Hicks, a partner with Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom & Sinins, is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, and handles a wide variety of negligence, malpractice, products liability and premises liability cases involving both the public and the private sectors. Mr. Hicks has successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients.

His recoveries for his clients include:

  • $3.85 million for a mechanic burned by fuel oil ignited by a defective product.
  • $2.74 million in a medical malpractice wrongful death action for failure to diagnose deep vein thrombosis leading to a fatal pulmonary embolism.
  • $1.9 million for the wrongful death of a 5-year-old boy who fell from the window of a high-rise apartment building where the landlord failed to install proper window guards.
  • $1.38 million to the estate of an 8-year-old child who died of post-operative bleeding, proving that the defendant physician had failed to treat the bleeding.
  • $1.5 million from an obstetrician and sonogram technician for failing to detect fetal abnormalities on a screening sonogram resulting in the birth of a child with severe and multiple birth defects.
  • $1.75 million from a construction company for the wife and children of a construction worker who was killed when struck by a temporary support, proving that the defendant violated Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations.
  • $1 million for a construction worker who suffered a severe leg injury when struck by a truck, proving that the negligence by traffic control officers combined with negligence of the truck driver caused the accident.

Mr. Hicks belongs to many professional organizations and has served in professional leadership positions including president of the Richard J. Hughes American Inn of Court, chairperson of the New Jersey State Bar Association Committee on Medical Malpractice and as faculty member at the American Board of Trial Attorneys Trial College at Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Some important decisions to which Mr. Hicks has contributed include: Galvao v. G.R. Robert Construction Company, 179 N.J. 462, 846 A.2d 1215 (2004) and Crippen vs. Central Jersey Concrete Pipe, 176 N.J. 397, 823 A2d 789 (2003).

In addition to extensive trial experience, Mr. Hicks has had many successes in the Appellate Courts and was lead counsel in Crippen vs. Central Jersey Concrete Pipe, 176 N.J. 397, 823 A2d 789 (2003), in which a widow sued her late husband's employer for covering up its failure to correct violations found by OSHA in its equipment circumventing the statutory Workers Compensation bar to employee lawsuits against their employer.

In 2007, he was named to Lawdragon's 3000 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America list, which includes less than one percent of all the lawyers in America. Mr. Hicks has been named in New Jersey's Super Lawyers every year since its inception in 2005.

As well as working as an attorney, Mr. Hicks has spoken on numerous occasions in front of esteemed audiences. His presentations include:

  • Speaker, Union County Bar Association, "The Role of The Expert Witness in a Products Liability Case and Getting Past The Workers Compensation Bar," May 9, 2013
  • Speaker, NJAJ Educational Foundation, "Medical Malpractice- Pre-Suit Discovery: Making use of Rule 4:11-1," April 27, 2012
  • Moderator, NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Preparing & Presenting a Medical Malpractice Case, April, 2011
  • Speaker, NJAJ Educational Foundation-Medical Malpractice, April, 2010
  • Panelist, NJAJ Educational Foundation, Litigation at Sunrise: Anatomy of a Jury Trial, November, 2010
  • Speaker, NJAJ Educational Foundation, Medical Malpractice: Breast Cancer Trial, November, 2010
  • Speaker, "Traps for the Unwary-Statutory Immunities, Title 59 & Federal Court," New Jersey Association for Justice, February, 2009
  • Mock Trial Attorney, "Masters of Trial: Cross-Examination of the Defense Engineer," Northern New Jersey Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, December 2009
  • Mock Trial Attorney, "Masters of Trial: Cross-Examination of the Defendant," Northern New Jersey Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, May 2006
  • Speaker, "Recent Case Updates in Medical Malpractice and Automobile Negligence," Essex County Bar Association Trial Attorneys of New Jersey & Union County Bar Association, April 2006
  • Speaker, "Medical Evidence in New Jersey Court: Your Guide to Effective Use," National Business Institute, June 2005
  • Panelist, "Handling the Automobile Claim in New Jersey," National Business Institute, September 2004
  • Speaker, "The Pitfalls of Avoiding the Workers' Compensation Bar," Association of Trial Lawyers of America-New Jersey Chapter, June 2004
  • Speaker, "The Pitfalls of Avoiding the Workers' Compensation Bar," Association of Trial Lawyers of America-New Jersey Chapter, June 2004

Aside from speaking, Mr. Hicks has served as guest faculty at the ABOTA Trial College at Harvard Law School in the summer of 2012, as well as the ABOTA Trial College at Princeton University in June 2010. He also authored the book, "New Jersey Personal Injury Complaints and Answers," published in 1995.

Mr. Hicks works with the Deni Law Group to assist our clients in the areas of Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Workmen's Compensation




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