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 as well as issues and motions work in the trial courts. George has successfully argued before the Supreme Court, written successful merits briefs in ten cases before the Court, and authored numerous successful petitions for certiorari. He has argued before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits—including eleven arguments before the Fifth Circuit alone—as well as federal district and bankruptcy courts.

George’s matters address a wide range of subjects including administrative law, bankruptcy, CERCLA, constitutional law, election law, ERISA, federal criminal law, Indian law, intellectual property, jurisdiction, labor and employment law, maritime law, preemption, product liability, and securities law. In the last year alone, he has obtained a district court injunction enjoining a government rule limiting pharmaceutical prices, a district court decision deeming equitably moot a challenge to a bankrupt energy company’s plan of reorganization, a district court decision rejecting a multi-million dollar claim against a bankrupt retail company, a Third Circuit decision reversing the criminal convictions of a bank executive, a Fifth Circuit decision permitting a coal company to modify its Coal Act obligations in bankruptcy proceedings, two Federal Circuit decisions holding invalid the antibody patents of a client’s competitor, and a Supreme Court order vacating an adverse decision against a student loan servicer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. George represents 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.

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, 2018–2021

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