After graduating Texas Tech School of Law in 1997, Judge Hicks opened his own law office, the Law Offices of Bill D. Hicks in the hill country, outside of Austin, Texas. In 1998, he closed that practice and moved to El Paso, Texas where he joined the 34th Judicial District Attorney's Office.
Judge Hicks served the citizens of El Paso County, Hudspeth County, and Culberson County, Texas for 12 1/2 years as an Assistant District Attorney, as a Special Prosecutor assigned to the Metro Narcotics Task Force, the Senior Trial Attorney on the Special Crimes Unit, the Senior Trial Attorney in Charge of Down-District Prosecutions, and finally as a Trial Team Chief in charge of supervising and training new prosecutors in the D.A.'s office.
During his time with the District Attorney's office, he was cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and prosecuted in federal court from 2003 to 2008. Then Assistant District Attorney Bill D. Hicks prosecuted every thing from Class C misdemeanor offenses all the way up to and including Capital Murder charges.
In 2010 a vacancy opened up in the State District Courts in El Paso County. Bill Hicks and about 22 other people applied with the Governor's office for the appointment to fill that vacancy. After a very long process, that involved an extensive background check and multiple interviews, Bill D. Hicks was appointed as the Judge of the 243rd State District Court, here in El Paso, Texas. Judge Hicks served from late 2010 until the very end of 2012. As Judge of the 243rd District Court, he maintained a positive case disposition, which means that throughout his tenure, he disposed of more case than were assigned to his court. Judge Hicks presided over 26 criminal felony and civil jury trials while on the bench, to include several multi-million dollar civil cases. Judge Hicks received very high approval ratings from the attorneys in the El Paso Bar Association.
After leaving the bench, now former-Judge Hicks reopened The Law Office of Bill D. Hicks with a focus on mediation and arbitration, with Judge Hicks being a qualified Mediator. The practice was a general litigation practice.
In 2014, the Law Office of Bill D. Hicks merged with the law firm Ellis and Ortega to form Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez PLLC. This law firm flourished for six years as a general litigation law firm with a focus on personal injury cases.
On May 1, 2020, Judge Hicks left OMHP and reopened The Law Office of Bill D. Hicks P.C., with a focus on excellent customer care as we navigate you through your legal issues. Although the focus of the practice is on Personal Injury, we stand ready to fight on your behalf, no matter what legal problems you find yourself facing.
With over 22 years of legal experience; with over 125 jury trials behind him; with the experience of having been in every advocates position in the courtroom; with the unique experience of having been a State District Court Judge; there is no question that Judge Bill D. Hicks is undeniably qualified to serve as your voice and to fight for you!