John Hicks is a Director at DOAR. He advises and supports clients in high-profile, high-stakes litigation, both domestically and internationally. John plays an integral role on trial teams as a dual jury and graphics consultant, where he works to distill complex matters into simple, clear, and easily understood trial themes and graphics. Additionally, he has vast expertise in running mock trials and focus groups to provide clients with strategic analysis and trial recommendations. John has supported numerous international arbitrations and trials, including multi-billion-dollar civil cases, complex commercial disputes, employment matters, and white-collar criminal cases.

Notably, John worked on U.S. v. Penn et al. on behalf of Roger Austin, a defendant in the closely watched chicken antitrust case, resulting in the acquittal of all charges in the 3rd trial after two mistrials. Recently, he worked with the defense team on Philips Medical Systems Nederland BV et al. v. TEC Holdings Inc. et al., a theft of trade secrets case seeking a multi-million dollar verdict that resulted in a loss for the plaintiff. He also worked with the plaintiff’s team on Twitter v. Elon Musk, the high-profile battle between the social media platform and Musk, who sought to pull out of the $44 billion acquisition. Ultimately, Musk followed through with the deal under the original terms.

Before joining DOAR, John coordinated and conducted psychology and law behavioral research. He also developed marketing and campaign materials for social change movements and political candidates. He has a Master of Science degree in social psychology and research from Saint Louis University.

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