William R. Hickman

Of Counsel

Mr. Hickman has been named a Washington Super Lawyer for 2021 for appellate practice by Thomson Reuters.

The Puget Sound Business Journal has named attorney William R. Hickman as one of the “Best Lawyers In The Puget Sound Region” in recognition of his 41 years as an appellate attorney.

Mr. Hickman has been listed in the 27th Edition of Best Lawyers in America.  He was selected by his peers for Appellate Practice.

Mr. Hickman has been named to the list of 2016 Best Lawyers for the Pacific Northwest for Appellate Practice.


Mr. Hickman’s practice is now concentrated in appellate work.


During the past 50 years, Mr. Hickman has handled more than 450 appeals in state and federal courts. He heads the firm’s Appellate Team and is a frequent guest lecturer on appellate practice and procedure. Mr. Hickman’s reputation as an appellate attorney is outstanding. He has been elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Since 1975, Mr. Hickman has edited the Washington Insurance Law Letter, a publication which reviews recent developments in insurance and tort law. The Washington Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals have cited the Law Letter. It has been admitted as a learned treatise in superior court litigation. In 1988, Mr. Hickman received an Award of Excellence from the State Farm Insurance Companies in recognition of “Outstanding Service” for editing the Law Letter.

Mr. Hickman has frequently been asked to present seminars on such topics as appellate practice, bad faith, bioethics, violence in the workplace, and tort reform.

Mr. Hickman was a co-author and contributing editor of the Washington Appellate Practice Deskbook (First and Second Editions). Together with former Reed McClure attorney Mary DeYoung, he authored Allocation of Environmental Clean-Up Liability Between Successive Insurers, 17 Northern Kentucky L. Rev. 291 (1990). He was the Washington State editor of Products Liability: A State-By-State Compendium (DRI; 2004 and 2007).

He is a member of the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association, and is a public arbitrator on the FINRA panel.

Mr. Hickman was named as a “Washington Super Lawyer” in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.


Columbia Law School, 1967, J.D.

Seattle University, 1964, B.A., Major: Physics


Mr. Hickman was born in Longview, Washington. His family consists of his wife Darlene, daughter, Kari-Mae, granddaughter Katherine Elizabeth and grandsons William Reilly, Jack Riley, Robert Jon, and Matthew Fitzgerald.

Mr. Hickman is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the courts of the state of Washington.

Mr. Hickman is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • Washington Appellate Lawyers Association
  • The Washington State Bar Association

Community Service Activities

Mr. Hickman is a certified master level track official. He served as a timer at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, as a track umpire at the 1987 Pan-American Games, as a starter for the 1990 Goodwill Games, as a Judge of the 1992 and 2008 U.S.A. Olympic trials and Head Starter for the Seattle 1998 and Eugene 2004 National Junior Olympics.

Mr. Hickman is a member of Pacific Northwest Track and Field and USA Track and Field. In 1997, he received the contributor award from the Youth Committee of PNWTF for “20 years of service to the youth of western Washington.” In 1996, he was named “Official of the Year.” In 1989, he received the “President’s Award” for outstanding leadership and support of Track and Field programs and goals. He is also a member of USA Track and Field’s Rules of Competition Committee, and the Law and Legislation Committee. He was a member of the Anti-Doping Commission of the International Association of Athletics Federations from 1999 to 2003.

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers for the Pacific Northwest: 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America: 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, & 27th Editions
  • Washington Super Lawyer: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell

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