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Leadership in Law 2012: Robert J. Hicks

Partner-in-Charge, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Indianapolis William & Mary School of Law

April 25, 2012
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Bob Hicks (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Robert Hicks’ proven legal ability, extraordinary leadership skills, and outstanding professionalism make him stand out in the legal community. His exceptional achievement in business and law for more than 25 years has earned him the respect and admiration of his peers. Bob took a short hiatus from the practice of law, and subsequently used the skills he acquired while on Wall Street to quickly re-establish his practice. He has been a key leader in his firm’s mission to impact early childhood education.

The best advice I ever received was
from a golfing partner ...“Don’t lay up. You hit your short irons just as badly as you hit your 3 wood.”  “Don’t lay up” can be good advice in business and life as well. 

I wish I had known when I graduated law school that
my future would be based mostly on hard work, integrity and fate and would have little to do with what I learned in law school.   

My best stress reliever is
hanging out with my family on spring break. 

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be
a high school teacher and baseball coach. 

In 2012, I’d like to
continue to grow Taft’s level of community “give back.” 

The three words that best describe me are
quintessential Honey Badger (See the YouTube video to learn more about the Honey Badger).

In my community,
I’m passionate about helping disadvantaged families, early childhood education, and mentoring.

In the movie about my life,
Brad Pitt (because of our physical resemblance) would play me.

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  1. IF the Right to Vote is indeed a Right, then it is a RIGHT. That is the same for ALL eligible and properly registered voters. And this is, being able to cast one's vote - until the minute before the polls close in one's assigned precinct. NOT days before by absentee ballot, and NOT 9 miles from one's house (where it might be a burden to get to in time). I personally wait until the last minute to get in line. Because you never know what happens. THAT is my right, and that is Mr. Valenti's. If it is truly so horrible to let him on school grounds (exactly how many children are harmed by those required to register, on school grounds, on election day - seriously!), then move the polling place to a different location. For ALL voters in that precinct. Problem solved.

  2. "associates are becoming more mercenary. The path to partnership has become longer and more difficult so they are chasing short-term gains like high compensation." GOOD FOR THEM! HELL THERE OUGHT TO BE A UNION!

  3. Let's be honest. A glut of lawyers out there, because law schools have overproduced them. Law schools dont care, and big law loves it. So the firms can afford to underpay them. Typical capitalist situation. Wages have grown slowly for entry level lawyers the past 25 years it seems. Just like the rest of our economy. Might as well become a welder. Oh and the big money is mostly reserved for those who can log huge hours and will cut corners to get things handled. More capitalist joy. So the answer coming from the experts is to "capitalize" more competition from nonlawyers, and robots. ie "expert systems." One even hears talk of "offshoring" some legal work. thus undercutting the workers even more. And they wonder why people have been pulling for Bernie and Trump. Hello fools, it's not just the "working class" it's the overly educated suffering too.

  4. And with a whimpering hissy fit the charade came to an end ... http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/07/27/all-charges-dropped-against-all-remaining-officers-in-freddie-gray-case/ WHISTLEBLOWERS are needed more than ever in a time such as this ... when politics trump justice and emotions trump reason. Blue Lives Matter.

  5. "pedigree"? I never knew that in order to become a successful or, for that matter, a talented attorney, one needs to have come from good stock. What should raise eyebrows even more than the starting associates' pay at this firm (and ones like it) is the belief systems they subscribe to re who is and isn't "fit" to practice law with them. Incredible the arrogance that exists throughout the practice of law in this country, especially at firms like this one.

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