Elliot G. Hicks

Mediator and Arbitrator

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15122


Commercial, Construction, Contract, Employment, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Partnership Disputes, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Wrongful Death

Mr. Hicks' primary areas of practice are mediation/arbitration, higher education law, and litigation with a focus on product liability, premises liability, corporate and commercial litigation, insurance defense and medical malpractice defense.

Representative Experience  

•Has taken approximately 100 jury trials to verdict in state circuit courts and federal district courts, as well as numerous bench trials in circuit and magistrate courts

•In demand as a mediator, mediating cases in all parts of West Virginia and western Virginia

•Has presented lectures on mediation tactics and ethics, trial tactics and legal ethics throughout West Virginia and in several seminars outside of the state before a national audience

•Regular panelist on "The Law Works" West Virginia Public Television show on legal issues of interest to the public  


  • West Virginia State Bar, President, 1998 - 1999 -    Representative, West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors, 1993 - 1996 -    Appointed by two State Bar Presidents in 1999 and 2006 as Chairman of Lawyer Advertising Commission to examine and develop rules governing lawyer advertising
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, 1998 - 1999
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2007
  • West Virginia Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2005
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2011
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Member
  • American Inns of Court, Judge John A. Field, Jr. Chapter, Charter Member as Master of the Bench, 2002
  • DRI, Member
  • Appointed by the Honorable Elliott E. Maynard, then-Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, to serve on a commission to devise standard jury instructions for West Virginia cases, 2000
  • Kanawha County Bar Association, President, 1988 - 1989

Awards and Distinctions

  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Mediation
  • AV® Preeminent Peer-Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as a West Virginia Super Lawyer


  • West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Vice Chairman, appointed by former Governor Cecil Underwood (R) and reappointed by former Governor Bob Wise (D), 1999 - 2006, Rising to Vice-Chairman
  • Board of Governors, Concord University, Chair, Finance & Facilities and Student Affairs Committees, 2009 - present
  • Legal Aid Society of Charleston, Board of Directors, 1992 - 1998
  • Charleston Economic and Community Development Corporation, Board of Directors, former member
  • Kanawha County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, former Chairman
  • West Virginia Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, former member; IOLTA Advisory Committee, Chairman
  • Charleston Jazz Series, Board of Directors, member


706 Central Avenue
Charleston, W.Va. 25302


304.993.3925 - mobile

[email protected]

The Wonders of the iPad in the Modern Trial Law Practice
8/5/2013 6:23:25 PM
Description: I knew that I would use my iPad for business when I bought it, but I didn’t know exactly how.  I must admit that I was most compelled to buy it because “all the other kids were getting one.”  What is it, an overpriced

The Art of the Opening Statement
9/9/2013 11:27:59 AM
Description: By Elliot G. Hicks                 People have commented so often on the loss of opportunities to actually take cases to trial that little more needs to be said about it. 

A New Approach to Dispense With Disputes
3/8/2013 7:04:44 AM
Description:   by Elliot G. Hicks 3/1/2013 Business owners grudgingly accept lawsuits as a part of doing business. If you’re doing what it takes to advance your business, you will suffer the bumps and bruises that will result in your name

Early Dispute Resolution
7/5/2013 7:28:20 AM
Description:   By Elliot G. Hicks     BUSINESS OWNERS grudgingly accept lawsuits as a part of doing business. If you’re doing what it takes to advance your business, you will suffer the bumps and bruises that result in your name on a