“A first-rate courtroom lawyer.” – Chambers USA 2017
Robert L. Hickok is a partner and former co-chair of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He is past member of Pepper’s Executive Committee and serves as the firm’s chief strategy officer.
Mr. Hickok focuses his commercial litigation practice on matters involving the federal antitrust laws, federal securities laws, corporate governance, internal corporate investigations, criminal defense, RICO 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 federal securities cases (the efficient capital market theory), antitrust cases (product and market definition and product pricing), and commercial contract cases (measure of damages). He has also had substantial experience in litigation concerning the application of various accounting principles. 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 a magna cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. While at Harvard, he also received a masters degree in law and economics. Prior to joining Pepper, he 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 Kline School of Law and the Rutgers-Camden School of Law, where he taught courses in law and economics and professional responsibility.