Larry R. Hicks was appointed by President George W. Bush and was sworn in as United States District Court Judge for the District of Nevada in 2001.
Judge Hicks received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1965 and his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1968. In 1968 he commenced his legal career as a prosecutor in the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office in Reno. He became the Chief Criminal Deputy District Attorney in 1972 and was elected and served as Washoe County District Attorney from 1974 through 1978.
Judge Hicks joined the statewide law firm of McDonald, Carano, Wilson, McCune, Bergin, Frankovich & Hicks LLP. as a partner in 1979 and practiced primarily in the fields of commercial litigation and personal injury. He tried numerous civil jury and non-jury cases in state and federal court and was the chair of his law firm’s litigation section from 1986 until joining the Court in 2001.
Judge Hicks is a past president of the following: The State Bar of Nevada (1993-1994), the Bruce R. Thompson Chapter of the American Inns of Court in Reno (1999-2000), and the Nevada District Attorneys Association (1977-1978). He served on the Board of Governors of the Nevada State Bar from 1988 to 1994. He was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1998. In 2020, he was awarded the Nevada State Bar President’s Award for lifetime achievement.
Judge Hicks assumed senior status as a District Court Judge in 2013 and continues to carry an active caseload with the Court in Reno.