J. Wiley Hicks

Top rated eminent domain attorney in Miami, Florida

J. Wiley Hicks, LLC
J. Wiley Hicks
J. Wiley Hicks, LLC

Practice Areas: Eminent domain, General litigation

Licensed in Florida since: 1985

Education: University of Florida Levin College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

J. Wiley Hicks, LLC

5730 SW 74th St
Suite 400
Miami, FL 33143 Visit website


As the founder of his own firm, J. Wiley Hicks represents individuals and businesses in cases involving eminent domain. He serves clients in the Miami, Florida, area, using his more than 30 years of experience to ensure that his clients receive the payment they deserve for their property. 

Mr. Hicks began his education at Auburn University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in economics in 1981. He then went on to graduate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law with his Juris Doctor in 1985. He became licensed to practice law in Florida the same year. 

Mr. Hicks started his legal career by working on cases involving complex commercial litigation. He later accepted a position as an assistant general counsel with the Florida Department of Transportation in its eminent domain department. This inside knowledge helps Mr. Hicks provide his clients with informed representation. His zealous representation assisted one client in securing an $855,000 jury verdict against the government that had initially offered the client only $1,000.

Mr. Hicks has served on the Executive Counsel of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar for the past 7 years and was Chair of the Executive Counsel for the 2020-2021 bar year.

A seasoned practitioner, Mr. Hicks has experience going up against such entities as the Florida Department of Transportation, the City of Miami Beach Redevelopment Authority, the South Florida Water Management District, the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the Florida Gas Pipeline Co. and other county and municipal entities. He has served as secretary of the Florida Bar of Governors and as a member of the executive council of The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section. Respected by his fellow professionals, Mr. Hicks holds an AV Preeminent* peer -review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He has additionally been named one of the Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.


Practice areas

Eminent domain, General litigation
  • 90% Eminent domain
  • 10% General litigation

First Admitted: 1985, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://wileyhicks.com/about-experience/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • University of Florida Law Review, Member and Associate Editor, University of Florida College of Law
  • Florida Super Lawyer in the field of eminent domain
  • Recognized by the South Florida Daily Business Review as a Finalist for the Most Effective Lawyers of 2010 for his work in the case: The City of Sunny Isles Beach v. Marks
  • AV Preeminent (5.0 out of 5) peer and judicial rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida’s Legal Elite
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Rotary Club of Coral Gables, President, 2009 - 2010
  • Rotary Club of Coral Gables, Past Member
Educational Background:
  • Auburn University, Bachelor of Science, Major: Economics, 1981
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Executive Council for the Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section , 2014
  • Federal Bar for the Middle District of Florida, Member
  • Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section, Executive Council - present
  • Federal Bar for the Southern District of Florida, Member
  • YLD, Board of Governors, Member, 1991 - 1993
  • Florida Bar, Member
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division, Board of Governors, Secretary

Office location for J. Wiley Hicks

5730 SW 74th St
Suite 400
Miami, FL 33143

Phone: 305-661-6688


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

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