William Hickey

Law Office of William J. Hickey
33 Wood Lane
Rockville, MD 20850

Mr. Hickey is the founder of the Law Office of William J. Hickey previously having been a partner in prominent Maryland firms of Donahue, Ehrmantraut & Montendonico; Montindinico & Mason and Montedonico, Hamilton, & Altman. Before joining Donahue, Ehrmantraut & Montedonico, Mr. Hickey was General Counsel with a U.S. a subsidiary corporation of a major multinational pharmaceutical corporation.

For over five years, he was litigation counsel overseeing a national product liability team of attorneys. He supervised and tried cases of national significance.

Since serving as an Assistant State's Attorney for the State of Maryland, Mr. Hickey has litigated over 100 cases. He has extensive expertise in complex legal issues in employment, commercial and tort-related cases as well as providing legal defense to boards of directors involving claims of D&O liability.

Mr. Hickey has represented contractors, subcontractors and developers in matters involving all aspects of construction. Such representations include product liability issues for defective products used in the construction process, third-party liability for negligent supervision and faulty installation of products, catastrophic injury to construction workers and closed container product liability matters. He has also spoken and published in the area of employment law and civil rights including such topics as the Fair Housing Act, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and personal liability of corporate officers and directors. He has published articles in the Journal of Air Law and Commerce and extensively lectured on labor and employment matters.

Mr. Hickey was trial attorney in the leading gender discrimination case in the District of Columbia, involving several Title VII issues. (Lively v. FPA 773 A.2d 1033 (D.C. 2001). The case presented to the appellate court questions of gender discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation and unequal pay . The Court of Appeals rendered two separate decisions with the second decision (830 A.2d 874 D.C. 2003) decided by an en banc review of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The decision was premised on the retrospective application of National R.R. Passenger Corp. v. Morgan, (536 U.S. 101,122 S. Ct. 2061, 153 L.Ed.2d 106 (2002)) on the issue of continuing violation. The Lively case has become the landmark hostile work environment case for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Hickey is an Advocate Level of Distinction of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He served for two years as the President of the District of Columbia Chapter and has represented the District of Columbia as a member of the National Board of Directors for the last ten years. He has served as a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC). Mr. Hickey is a certified mediator and has mediated cases involving construction, employment and tort matters both as a volunteer and as a designated mediator.

In addition to his activities as a lawyer, Mr. Hickey has been extremely active in community affairs. He serves on several boards of directors and has achieved the distinction of having received the endorsement of the State Judicial Nominating Committee as being fully competent for judicial appointment.