Christopher A. Hicks

Christopher A. Hicks concentrates his practice in civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Although he typically favors practical business solutions to commercial disputes, Chris understands that some cases require vigorous pursuit of the litigation process to get to an appropriate resolution. In addition to assisting clients in mediation, arbitration and other alternate dispute resolution forums, Chris represents clients in all stages of the litigation process at the trial and appellate levels.

Clients ranging from individuals and single-member limited liability companies to multi-national corporations seek Chris’ advice in a range of areas, including eDiscovery, real estate litigation, protecting trade secrets, enforcing covenants not to compete and in litigation arising from the dissolution of corporations and limited liability companies. Chris represents owners, contractors and subcontractors in construction matters and routinely assists lenders, servicers and holders of debt in commercial loan workouts and related litigation, including foreclosures and acquisitions of hotels, apartment complexes, storage facilities and mixed-use centers.

A member of Katten's appellate practice group, Chris has extensive experience before state and federal courts of appeals, having successfully argued cases before the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, as well as handling appeals in the US Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Fifth Circuits.

Chris has significant experience in the field of eDiscovery and information management. He is a member of Katten’s Electronic Discovery and Information Governance practice group and brings the collective experience and knowledge of the group to this rapidly developing area of litigation practice. Chris has presented as part of a panel on the appropriate handling of eDiscovery matters. Chris counsels business clients on staying abreast of changes in this developing area and helps develop practical solutions on information management, document retention and litigation readiness.

Chris takes pride in his involvement in pro bono and community support activities, including representation of elderly individuals in various capacities, a local youth sports organization and students with special emotional and educational needs in obtaining an appropriate education. He was a recipient of Katten's Pro Bono Award in 2009.

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Areas of Practice 1) Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation, 2) Electronic Discovery and Information Governance, 3) Trade Secret Protection and Litigation, 4) Private Funds, 5) Distressed Property, 6) Real Estate Litigation, 7) Real Estate and 8) Fiduciary Litigation
Law School Wake Forest University School of Law ( J.D.)
Admitted Year 1996
Education Appalachian State University (M.A.); The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A.)
Bar Member / Association North Carolina State Bar Association
Most recent firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
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