JD 1986 - University of California, Hastings College of Law
BA 1981 - Loma Linda University
Fred Hickman has practiced banking, real estate, commercial, creditors’ remedies, and employment litigation since 1986 in California.
Apart from 5½ years with the FDIC as a bank litigator and liaison with the Dept. of Justice for bank crimes, his legal career has been advancing the interests of business entities and financial institutions.
His federal banking practice includes operations and operations, as well as the Truth In Lending Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act. He led the development of a federal savings bank’s commercial and real estate loan documents.
His real estate litigation practice has involved purchase agreements, broker disputes, defense of city enforcement actions against owners and lenders, and obtaining rents receivers.
His commercial practice has included enforcement of aircraft distributor agreements, protection of trade secrets and intellectual property, and unfair competition. He has represented employers with advice and litigation defense.
He has been general counsel to a national watercraft organization, for which he prepared sponsorship and commercial agreements, and successfully defended a CEQA action for it related to racing activities in San Diego Harbor.
Fred obtained his law degree in 1986 from Hastings College of the Law, University of California, with Moot Court honors. In 1981 he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loma Linda University.
His practice includes a major emphasis on state and federal banking and lending law. This includes:
Bank deposits and collections, secured transactions, funds transfers (UCC Articles 3, 4, 9 and 11);
Defense of lending practices and enforcement of secured loans;
Creditors’ remedies of debt collection and bankruptcy-creditor rights.