Wiley Hicks provides representation to his clients all over the State of Florida
in the areas of eminent domain, inverse condemnation and civil litigation.
Mr. Hicks is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law and was a member and associate editor of its Law Review. He began his career with the Floyd, Pearson law firm in Miami and for several years worked primarily on complex commercial and other civil litigation lawsuits.
Mr. Hicks has participated and acted as lead counsel in cases against the Florida Department of Transportation, the Department of the Interior of the United States of America, Miami-Dade County, the City of Sunny Isles Beach, the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the South Florida Water Management District, Sarasota County, the Florida Gas Pipeline Company, Orange County and numerous other counties and municipalities.
In addition to his litigation and jury trial capabilities, he also provides pre-condemnation and pre-suit planning in the areas of access management, leasehold issues, development, land use and zoning issues, business damage analysis, market data collection and analysis, and coordinates and facilitates all communications with the government’s representatives and attorneys.
All cases are handled personally by Wiley Hicks and he does not utilize less experienced associates or paralegals.
Wiley Hicks’ primary focus is on securing full compensation for all legally compensable damages in complex cases and in those cases where there is a significant dispute as to the amount of damage sustained by the owner.
His experience has been that early preparation and consultation is important to the achievement of the best results. For this reason, the preparations may take several months or years, with the emphasis always on securing full compensation in a trial by jury if a fair settlement offer is not made.
Most recently, he was successful in achieving an $855,000 jury verdict in a case where the government only offered his client $1,000.
Apart from his trial and litigation responsibilities, he is a member of the Florida Bar and the Federal Bars for the Southern District of Florida and the Middle District of Florida. Mr. Hicks was the Secretary of the Florida Bar Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division, and served as a member on the YLD Board of Governors from 1991 through 1993.
Currently, he serves on the Executive Council to the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar.
Additionally, Mr. Hicks was a member of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and was its President during the 2009-2010 year.
Mr. Hicks was recognized by the South Florida Daily Business Review as a Finalist for the Most Effective Lawyers of 2010 for his work in the case: The City of Sunny Isles Beach v. Marks. In that case, Mr. Hicks represented the fee simple owner of the property and as trial counsel for the owner participated in the achievement of a $10,630,000 jury verdict.
Mr. Hicks has also been recognized among Florida’s Legal Elite and as a Florida Super Lawyer in the field of eminent domain. He enjoys an AV Preeminent (5.0 out of 5) peer and judicial rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.)
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