Attorney Michael J. Hickman is a partner in the Firm’s San Diego office. Mr. Hickman’s practice focuses exclusively on civil litigation and trials, primarily involving consumer, business and real estate disputes, with an emphasis in litigation involving manufacturers, retailers and dealerships, as well as common interest developments. During his career, Mr. Hickman has also handled a variety of other litigation matters, including professional liability, eminent domain, products liability, intellectual property, construction defect and contested probate cases.
Attorney Hickman’s litigation practice involves a focus on opportunities for reasonable settlement of disputes at all stages of the proceeding, and he has represented clients in various forms of alternative dispute resolution. He has litigated numerous cases to decision, through motion practice, jury trials, bench trials, and binding arbitration, and has successfully argued both published and unpublished decisions before the California Court of Appeal.
Mr. Hickman was lead trial and appellate counsel in Rancho Santa Fe Assn v. Dolan-King (2004) 115 Cal.App.4th 28, a leading case regarding the regulatory authority of common interest developments in California. He’s had some of his decisions cited: Rancho Santa Fe Association v. Dolan-King January 07, 2004; Arleen Freeman, et al. v. San Diego Association of Realtors, et al., December 27, 1999.
Attorney Hickman graduated from the University of Nebraska, J.D. with highest distinction in 1986. He also received his B.A. from Hastings College in 1983. Mr. Hickman is a member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Nebraska.
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