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 a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues