The Honorable Gary E. Hicks was sworn in as the 104th Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court on January 31, 2006 after serving for four years on the Superior Court, the state's major trial court. Before becoming a judge, Justice Hicks was a commercial litigator for 23 years with Wiggin & Nourie, then one of New Hampshire's largest law firms. During that time, he also maintained an active mediation and arbitration practice.
Justice Hicks, now the senior associate justice of the Supreme Court, is the President of the Daniel Webster – Batchelder Inns of Court. He is also the former chair of the American Inns of Court Leadership Council. He was nominated to the position by Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Leadership Council is comprised of former trustees of the American Inns of Court who remain actively engaged with the American Inns of Court and its mission to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and legal skills. He was a member of the board of trustees of the American Inns of Court from 2008-2012. He continues his association with the Inns of Court as chairperson of its Nominations Committee.
In 2015, Justice Hicks was named a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation for his exemplary dedication to the profession and for his support of the ideals and objectives of the American Bar Association. That same year, Justice Hicks also received the Manchester Bar Association's "Distinguished Service Award" in recognition of his outstanding personal achievements and contributions to the bar.
He is also a past chairman of the New Hampshire Judicial Council and a former member of the New Hampshire Bar Association Ethics Committee. He is a former chairperson of the board of the New Hampshire Institute of Art which awarded him an honorary Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2000. He is a current member of the Advisory Board of the St. Paul's School Advance Studies Program in Concord, New Hampshire.
A native of Colebrook, New Hampshire in the state's rural North Country, Justice Hicks graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in mathematics and from Boston University School of Law where he was managing editor of the Law Review. He has received both the New Hampshire Bar President's Award for distinguished and compassionate service (1988) and the Philip S.Hollman Gender Equality Award presented by the Bar's Gender Equality Committee (2012).
Justice Hicks is co-editor of the New Hampshire Discovery Practice manual published in April 2011 by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE).
Read Judge Hicks remarks after he was sworn in by Gov. Lynch.