George W. Hicks, Jr., is a partner at Bancroft PLLC. He joined Bancroft from Williams & Connolly LLP, where he practiced from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Hicks previously served as a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., in the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Janice R. Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Mr. Hicks’s practice focuses primarily on Supreme Court and appellate matters and critical motions work. He has written successful merits briefs in five cases before the Supreme Court of the United States: Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt (addressing state sovereign immunity), Northwest, Inc. v. Ginsberg (addressing preemption under the Airline Deregulation Act), Sekhar v. United States (addressing extortion under the federal Hobbs Act), Armour v. City of Indianapolis (addressing equal protection and taxation), and Smith v. Cain (addressing disclosure obligations in criminal proceedings). Mr. Hicks has also written successful petitions for certiorari to the Supreme Court and successful briefs and dispositive motions before the federal courts of appeals and federal district courts. His appellate matters have addressed a wide range of subjects including jurisdiction, preemption, presidential power, the First Amendment, due process, equal protection, administrative law, commercial law, federal criminal law, bankruptcy, intellectual property, ERISA, CERCLA, and professional liability. Mr. Hicks also has extensive trial-level litigation experience as well as experience with internal corporate investigations and congressional and SEC investigations. He has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits and before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Mr. Hicks graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard College, where he received the Detur Prize for placement in the top ten percent of his first-year class and the John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of the highest distinction in all years. Mr. Hicks worked as an investment banker in New York City before attending law school. He is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court.