Mediation is a voluntary process in which individuals participate in a joint effort to reach a compromise. Mediation is a confidential, out-of-court procedure in which the mediator is a disinterested or neutral third party, who facilitates communication between the parties, while analyzing and discussing the barriers to compromise in order to resolve conflicts.
At Hickman Law Group, our mediator and senior partner, William (Bill) Hickman, is a graduate of the Mediation Institute. He has a positive track record of successfully assisting opposing parties in resolving their conflicts and coming to a resolution outside of the courtroom. Bill specializes in many areas, such as business law, education law, litigation (state and federal court), land use & planning practice, estate planning, special education law, eminent domain, outdoor advertising, probate administration, first amendment, government contracting, water and environmental law, construction law, real estate and land development, energy/surface damage law, and gaming law. While these are Bill’s areas of specialty, he also does mediation work in other areas.
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October 26, 2011
NORMAN — Smartphone users can more easily stay in touch with what's going on in the Norman School District, thanks to a new app for Android phones and Apple iPhones.
Although a few school districts across the nation have mobile apps, Norman school officials believe the district is the first to provide an app for both types of phones with push notification features and free downloads, all at no cost to the district or app users.
November 30, 2012
Mother and father, Jennifer and T.J. Sutherlin are filing a federal case of bullying against the NowataPublicSchool District.
Their son, 11-year-old Seth Sutherlin, has complained and cried to them on a regular basis for the last school year (2011-2012)...He also suffers from Aspergers disorder. It is an Autism Spectrum disorder that affects the social interaction and non-verbal communication.
William H. “Bill” Hickman is a partner with Hickman Law Group. Bill attended the United States Air Force Academy, where he received a degree in business management. In the Air Force, he served as a captain and government contracting officer. He received an M.B.A. from Auburn University and later attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he graduated No. 1 in his class, was on the Dean's Honor Roll, and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.
Bill practices and consults in the areas of oil and gas law, eminent domain and condemnation law, outdoor advertising and media law, zoning and land use law,commercial and civil litigation, government contracting, real estate law, education law, special education law, administrative law, employment law, open meetings act, and open records act. He is admitted to practice before all Oklahoma State Courts, the United States District Courts for the Western, Eastern, and Northern Districts of Oklahoma, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the United States Court of Federal Claims. Bill has also been admitted to many courts in other states.
Bill appears before many state agencies, school boards, municipal bodies and administrative agencies, including the State Board of Education, Statewide Virtual Charter Board, Oklahoma City Public School Board, along with the City Council, Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment for the cities of Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Norman.
Bill has presented seminars and lectured on the topics of education law, eminent domain law, land use and zoning law, outdoor advertising law and government contract issues. He has also appeared before the Oklahoma State House of Representatives concerning property owner rights in condemnation lawsuits.
Prior to forming Hickman Law Group, Bill was managing partner for the firm of Moricoli, Matula, Schovanec & Hickman. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Oklahoma County Bar Association, the Cleveland County Bar Association, Cherokee Nation, Outdoor Advertising Association of America, Rotary International, Norman Downtowners Association, Commissioner on the Norman Historic Preservation Committee, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, American Association for Justice, Boy Scouts of America, and the National Contract Management Association. Bill was formerly the President of the Bricktown Rotary Club of Oklahoma City and is the current Chair of the Warren Spahn Award Gala.
Brad S. Clark is an attorney with Hickman Law Group. His expertise includes Education Law, Administrative Law, Employment Law, Open Meetings Act, Open Records Act, Government Contracting, Creditors Rights, and Bankruptcy. Brad also served as General Counsel and Director of Legal Services and Policy at the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC). In his duties, Brad was available to member schools to provide legal services, including but not limited to the following: legal document creation and review, including those pertaining to personnel, students, grant applications, standards monitoring, and state/federal program compliance, and other professional services; consultations by phone, e-mail, or in-person at the school site or the OPSRC office(s); and innovative and updated sharing of legal news and case briefs affecting member schools.
Before his time at OPSRC, Brad dedicated five years at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, most recently as Special Assistant to the State Superintendent. While at the SDE, Brad focused his attention on Oklahoma’s education policies, laws and regulations, and government contracting. Experience included representing the SDE in litigation, managing Economic Stimulus Package funds, working with the State Legislature to draft and interpret laws, and working directly with school districts to resolve legal issues.
Brad received his Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University’s School of Law and prior to working with OPSRC and the Hickman Law Group, he also worked at the Oklahoma State Department of Education where he made the determination to focus his entire career on public education and school law. He is admitted to all courts in the State of Oklahoma, the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. Brad also serves as a board member for various local foundations.