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Ronald L. Hicks, Jr. is a Pennsylvania civil trial and appellate attorney who represents local, statewide and federal Republican candidates in Pennsylvania. In addition to serving as general counsel for candidates and political committees, Ron handles a variety of election law disputes, including election contests, ballot recounts, nomination objections, and absentee and provisional ballot challenges.
Since 2004, Ron participates and plans Election Day Operations, and he regularly trains on Pennsylvania election processes and procedures. Ron was lead counsel in In re: Canvass of Absentee Ballots of November 2003 General Election, 843 A.2d 1223 (Pa. 2004), in which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared the “in-person” delivery requirement for absentee ballots under the Pennsylvania Election Code was mandatory and that 56 absentee ballots delivered in violation of that provision were invalid and could not be counted. As a result of this decision, Susan Gantman, a Republican candidate for the Pennsylvania Superior Court, won her election by defeating her Democratic opponent by 28 votes out of more than 2.25 million cast.
Ron is Co-General Counsel and a member of the Board of Governors for the Republican National Lawyers Association, and he is a founding board member and former chair of the RNLA’s Pittsburgh Chapter. He serves as the Deputy Solicitor for Western Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee, an elected member of the Republican Committees of Allegheny County and Pittsburgh, and the County Committee’s Solicitor and chair of the City Committee’s 3rd Council District.
In addition to his election and political campaign practice, Ron handles a variety of business and civil disputes, including claims of trade secret and intellectual property misappropriation, breach of restrictive covenants, unfair competition, fiduciary liability, breach of contract, insurance coverage, fraudulent transfers, creditors’ rights, and real estate and oil and gas disputes. Ron actively appears in State and Federal Courts throughout the Atlantic Coast and Midwest. Ron is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of issues involving his practice. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Allegheny County Bar Association and is a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County.
His peers have rated him with an AV Preeminent rating, an achievement of Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, and he has been selected for inclusion to The Best Lawyers® for Commercial, Bankruptcy, Construction, Intellectual Property and Real Estate Litigation and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®. Ron is Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group and Chair of the Energy, Utilities & Mineral Rights Group. Also, he serves as the Co-Chair of the U.S./Canada Litigation Group of Meritas, a global association of select independent law firms.
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