Overview

George W. Hicks, Jr., is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses primarily on Supreme Court and appellate matters and critical motions work. George has written successful merits briefs in seven  cases before the Supreme Court, obtained successful summary dispositions in two other cases, and written numerous successful petitions for certiorari as well. He has also authored successful briefs and dispositive motions before numerous federal and state courts of appeals and trial courts. His matters have addressed a wide range of subjects including administrative law, bankruptcy, CERCLA, commercial law, due process, election law, employment law, equal protection, ERISA, federal criminal law, the First Amendment, intellectual property, jurisdiction, preemption, presidential power, and securities law. George also provides strategic counseling to leading companies and organizations on a variety of legal issues. He has represented a diverse array of clients, including companies in the pharmaceutical, financial services, technology, insurance, air carrier, and energy and utility industries; states and municipalities; and individuals. He has argued before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth (en banc), Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits, federal bankruptcy court, and the Maryland Court of Appeals.

A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, George served as a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review. George worked as an investment banker before law school and was a partner at Bancroft PLLC before joining Kirkland. He is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court.

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Recognition

Recognized in The Legal 500 United States — Appellate, 2018

Washington, DC Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in appellate practice, 2014–2017

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Courts

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Education

  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude

    Primary Editor, Harvard Law Review

  • Harvard CollegeA.B., Economicscum laude

    Detur Prize

    John Harvard Scholarship