Jeffrey R. Hicks

03/01/2020
Jeffrey R. Hicks
Attorney

Jeffrey R. Hicks

Attorney

Jeffrey R. Hicks

Summary

Jeff focuses his practice on professional liability defense. He has vast litigation experience, including all phases of the litigation process. He also has experience in preparing and successfully arguing motions for summary disposition and appeals on behalf of clients. In addition to his current professional liability work, Jeffrey has also handled auto/negligence liability, complex real property litigation, commercial litigation, and pharmaceutical liability defense.


Credentials

Education
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law (J.D. 2010)
  • University of Michigan (B.A. 2007)
Admissions
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Professional Activities

Henry Ford College Paralegal Program Advisory Committee

Prominent Outcomes

Successfully argued and obtained reversal in the Michigan Court of Appeals of a Wayne County Circuit Court order granting summary disposition which created both an easement by necessity and prescriptive easement. Reversal also granted summary disposition in client’s favor.

Successfully argued and obtained summary disposition in a lawsuit seeking damages against a notary for alleged fraud. The court granted summary disposition and dismissed the case on numerous grounds, including that the case was filed outside the applicable statute of limitations.

Collins Einhorn Attorneys Successfully Defend Premises-Liability Case for Detroit Restaurant.

Collins Einhorn attorneys recently prevailed on behalf of client, a Detroit restaurant, who was the defendant in a premises liability case. Plaintiff was attending a private party at the restaurant when a speaker fell and struck plaintiff. In the trial court, attorneys Melissa E. Graves and Jeffrey R. Hicks argued that plaintiff’s premises-liability claim failed since there was no…

Supreme Court Narrowly Holds that Discovery Rule Doesn’t Apply to FDCPA Claims but Leaves the Door Open to Application of Equitable Tolling

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act contains a one-year statute of limitations, which runs from “the date on which the violation occurs.” While straightforward as written, federal circuits have been split on whether the limitation period could be tolled by the discovery rule. The Sixth Circuit has repeatedly danced around the issue, without ruling one…

Collection Letters May Cause Anxiety, but They Don’t Necessarily Open the Courthouse Door for Litigants, Sixth Circuit Rules

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act was originally passed to curb abusive and deceptive conduct on the part of debt collectors. But in practice, the FDCPA has become a tool used by enterprising consumer-credit attorneys to collect legal fees for technical violations, even when no actual harm occurred. That’s because the FDCPA mandates statutory damages,…

Technological-Competence Requirement Comes to Michigan

You’ve probably seen some technical pitfalls. Maybe a lawyer unwittingly hit the “reply all” button. Or perhaps a lawyer failed to realize that his electronic redaction of privileged communication could be undone by a simple “copy and paste.” Others have noticed, too. In 2012, the American Bar Association amended Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1…

FDCPA’s General Provisions Don’t Apply to Lenders or Attorneys Seeking Foreclosure

Previously, under the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Glazer v. Chase Home Financial LLC, Michigan lenders and attorneys who sought non-judicial foreclosures were treated like any other “debt collector” under the FDCPA. This meant that even if the lender or attorney sent an initial communication required by statute, that communication also had to contain the “mini-Miranda”…

Statutes give clarity to architectural-malpractice statutes of limitation

Suppose you’re an architect hired to design a new condominium development in a township. The township approved your plans, and the development is built and occupied more than three years ago.  Four years go by since you stopped providing services without a whisper of a problem. But then your firm is served with a lawsuit…

Sixth Circuit Loosens Concrete-Injury Standard in FDCPA “Mini-Miranda” Cases

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act; Attorneys Class-action attorneys often use the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) as a tool to turn minor, technical violations into substantial settlements. Chief among these tools are omissions of the “Notice of Debt” requirements—statements so ubiquitous that they’ve been nicknamed “Mini-Miranda” notices. Under the FDCPA, a debt collector’s initial…

Attorney Jeffrey R. Hicks Joins Professional Liability Practice Group

We are pleased to announce that attorney Jeffrey R. Hicks has joined the firm’s Professional Liability practice group. Hicks will focus his practice on professional liability defense. He has vast litigation experience, including all phases of the litigation process. He also has experience in preparing and successfully arguing motions for summary disposition and appeals on behalf of clients. In addition to his current professional liability work, Hicks has also handled auto/negligence liability, complex real property litigation, commercial litigation, and pharmaceutical liability defense. Click on the headline to read more.

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