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South Side attorney inducted into Academy of Trial Lawyers


Attorney Ronald L. Hicks, Jr., was inducted into the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County at its 2015 fall meeting.

A partner at Meyer Unkovic & Scott, Mr. Hicks is a civil trial and appellate lawyer who works closely with businesses and individuals on complex litigation, oil and gas disputes, and corporate and business matters, with particular service to the gay, lesbian and non-traditional family business community. He serves as co-chair of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group and chair of its Energy & Mineral Rights practice group.

Mr. Hicks also serves as co-chair of the U.S./Canada Litigation Group of Meritas, a global association of select independent law firms, and as an arbitrator, an early netural evaluator and a special master for disputes regarding e-discovery for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

The purpose of the academy is to achieve social justice by promoting sustained intellectual discourse among its members and judges to foster integrity, civility and competence within the legal profession. The academy and its members are dedicated to preserving the jury system and the independence of the judiciary.

Membership to the Academy is by invitation only and is limited to 250 attorneys who are actively engaged in civil trial practice from both the plaintiff’s and defendant’s side of counsel table in Allegheny County in state and federal courts.

Mr. Hicks is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations, the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, and the National LGBT Bar Association. Within the Allegheny County Bar Association, he is a member of the Judiciary and LGBT Rights Committees and has been appointed to the Ad Hoc Committee for Diversity and Gender Equality.

His peers have rated him with an AV Preeminent rating, an achievement of Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, and he has been named to The Best Lawyers® for Commercial, Bankruptcy, Construction, Intellectual Property and Real Estate Litigation, and selected for inclusion as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® and the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

A graduate of Penn State University, Mr. Hicks serves on the university’s board of directors for its College of the Liberal Arts Alumni Society. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association, serving as its Vice-President of Communications, and is an elected member of the Republican Committees of Allegheny County and Pittsburgh.

He is a past president of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Pittsburgh Young Professionals and the South Shore Place Owners’ Association.

Hicks earned his juris doctor from Wake Forest University. He currently resides in South Side.


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