Foley Adds White Collar and Commercial Litigator

13 November 2008 Media Contact: Jill Chanen News

David Hickerson Brings Extensive Trial and Government Enforcement Experience.

Foley today announced that litigator David A. Hickerson has joined the firm as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, working with the White Collar Defense, Securities Enforcement & Litigation, and General Commercial Litigation Practices. Prior to joining Foley, Hickerson was a partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Hickerson represents clients in all phases of disputes, including trials and appeals, and has successfully represented clients in international arbitrations as well. He has significant experience representing clients in complex, multi-forum litigation and regularly litigates in the Eastern District of Virginia's “rocket docket.” Hickerson is also a member of the International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association, where he has represented a number of clients in Section 337 intellectual property-based investigations.

“Based on my experience working with Foley in the past, the firm has superior white collar and securities enforcement practices,” explained Hickerson. “It’s exciting to be working with such well-known and respected attorneys, and Foley’s platform also provides me the opportunity to expand my litigation practice in the areas of intellectual property and international trade commission disputes.”

Hickerson also has significant experience in conducting internal investigations and defending clients in government enforcement proceedings. He has achieved successful results for clients in a broad range of litigated matters, including criminal and government enforcement proceedings, commercial, tax, and intellectual property litigation.

“David brings a wealth of experience in complex litigation matters ranging from intellectual property to tax while also expanding Foley’s internal investigations and international capabilities,” said Jay W. Freedman, managing partner of Foley's Washington, D.C. office. “We look forward to the contributions that David’s unique background will make to our Washington litigation team.”

“David’s experience handling a variety of commercial and civil litigation matters in multiple jurisdictions immediately strengthens our existing national white collar defense and securities enforcement litigation practices,” added Scott L. Fredericksen, a partner in Foley's White Collar Defense practice in Washington, D.C. and a former federal prosecutor.

Foley is nationally recognized for its extensive experience handling white collar defense and securities enforcement matters. Members of the firm’s Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practice have many years of experience as government attorneys who investigated and prosecuted a broad range of securities activities. Foley’s White Collar Defense Practice is comprised of former federal prosecutors and federal agency law enforcement personnel who are experienced in representing companies and individuals in government enforcement and regulatory matters, including the representation of corporations, auditing firms, law firms, investment banks, investment advisers, mutual funds and hedge funds.

Foley’s Litigation practice is one of the largest in the country, including more than 450 attorneys nationwide with extensive experience in all aspects of complex litigation, arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Foley represents corporations in nearly every industry, handling some of the largest and most sophisticated commercial lawsuits for major domestic and international clients.

Foley & Lardner LLP continually evolves to meet the changing legal needs of our clients. Our team-based approach, proprietary client service technology, and practice depth enhance client relationships while seeing clients through their most complex legal challenges. The BTI Consulting Group (Wellesley, Massachusetts) recently recognized Foley as one of the top four law firms shaping the U.S. legal market, while CIO magazine has named Foley to its CIO 100 list six times for our client-focused technology. With more than 1,000 attorneys in 22 offices and more than 50 practices, count on Foley for high-caliber business and legal insight.