Ronald Hicks

Henry W. Oliver Building
535 Smithfield Street, Suite 1300
Pittsburgh, PA 15222, United States
Areas of Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Torts
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Elections & Politics
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation

Practice/Organization Description

I am a seasoned trial lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on complex business litigation matters, with an emphasis on claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and intellectual property, breach of restrictive covenants, unfair competition, fraud, fiduciary liability, breach of contract, insurance coverage, real estate and oil and gas disputes, and telemarketing and on-line marketing. Representing clients on both the plaintiff and defendant side of civil cases, I have obtained several jury verdicts, summary judgments and injunctions in my clients’ favor. I appear in state and federal courts throughout the Atlantic coast and the Midwest. Also, I counsel clients to adopt practices that minimize their exposure to litigation.

My notable engagements include:

*Obtaining after 30 days of trial in a New Jersey state court a $12.8 million verdict against a client’s legacy insurance companies for damages related to the environmental cleanup of its former metals manufacturing site.

*Protecting 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.

*Obtaining 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 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.

*Receiving after a 6-day jury trial in an Indiana state court a defense jury verdict in favor of a real estate developer who had been sued for allegedly promising to provide a permanent easement over land that it was only leasing.

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania Supreme Court (1987)

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (1987)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1988)

United States Supreme Court (1993)


Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Juris Doctor (May 1987)

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law, with distinction (May 1984)

Professional Associations & Memberships

Member, American Bar Association, Civil Litigation & Law Practice Management Sections

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section

Member, Allegheny County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section

Member, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association

Advisory Council Member, Republican National Lawyers Association

Member, Pittsburgh Chapter, Republican National Lawyers Association

Life Member, Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Honors and Awards

AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell

The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Business Litigation

Who’s Who in American Law

Order of the Barristers

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