"The 'exceptionally talented and smart' Robert Hickok is very well respected for his involvement in corporate governance and securities litigation." - Chambers USA 2015
Robert L. Hickok is a partner and co-chair of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He is a past member of the firm's Executive Committee.
Mr. Hickok focuses his commercial litigation practice on matters involving corporate governance, the antitrust laws, federal securities laws and class action defense.
In his practice, Mr. Hickok is particularly interested in the application of economic analysis to the resolution of legal issues. He has an advanced degree in law and economics and has taught this subject for a number of years. He has used economic analysis in antitrust cases (product and market definition and product pricing), federal securities law cases (the efficient capital market theory), and commercial contract cases (measure of damages). Mr. Hickok, who has served as chairman of the firm’s Technology Committee, is also interested in the application of technology to information and litigation management.
Mr. Hickok is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, is highly rated in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for securities litigation and commercial litigation, and was selected for inclusion on the 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. Mr. Hickok is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is widely viewed as the premier professional trial organization in the country.
Mr. Hickok is a magna cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He was one of two students in the second-year class awarded the Sears Prize for having the highest annual academic average. While at Harvard, he also received a masters degree in law and economics. After law school, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He then worked as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia, where he conducted numerous fraud, corruption and tax prosecutions.
Mr. Hickok has been an adjunct professor at the Drexel University School of Law and the Rutgers-Camden School of Law, where he taught courses in law and economics and professional responsibility. He has served as a member and chair of Hearing Committee 1.04 of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He also has served as president and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Harvard Law School Association of Philadelphia. He is a member of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and District of Columbia bars.