Franklin J. Hickman

Franklin J. Hickman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Schools & Education Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Hickman & Lowder Co., L.P.A.
 | 1300 East 9th Street, Suite 1020
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-861-0360
Fax: 216-861-3113
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012, 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Schools & Education (50%),
  • State, Local & Municipal (40%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Franklin J. Hickman has focused his practice on families with members who are mentally and/or physically impaired as well as the agencies and county boards throughout the state which provide services to persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities, or substance abuse problems. He has represented families in special education cases since 1975 in negotiations, mediation, due process proceedings and cases in all courts. He spends a major part of his practice on cases under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which defines and protects rights of children who need special education. Frank has received numerous awards. He has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer since 2012 and among the Best Lawyers in America since 2014, including Lawyer of the Year honors for Education Law in Cleveland. In 2018, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Association of County Boards Serving People with Developmental Disabilities. He was also inducted in the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities Hall of Fame. In addition, he received the 2006 President’s Award for Partnering in Quality from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, the Community Service Award from North Coast Community Homes in 2001, and the John Minor Wisdom award for Public Service and Professionalism from the American Bar Association Litigation Section in 1994. Frank is on the faculty of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program in the Medical School of Case Western Reserve University.  He also served on the faculty of the CWRU Law School for 27 years. He has presented over 2,000 local, regional, and national seminars and workshops on legal issues relating to mental disability.

About Franklin Hickman

Admitted: 1973, Ohio

Professional Webpage: https://hickman-lowder.com/about-hickman-lowder/your-legal-t...

Honors/Awards:

  • Inducted in the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities Hall of Fame, Hall of Fame, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 2018
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Association of County Boards Serving People with Developmental Disabilities, Lifetime Achievement Award, Ohio Association of County Boards Serving People with Developmental Disabilities, 2018
  • President’s Award for Partnering in Quality from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, President’s Award for Partnering in Quality, Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, 2006
  • John Minor Wisdom award for Public Service and Professionalism, ABA Litigation Section, 1994

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Review of mental health courts in criminal system proposal for development of similar courts for housing and similar areas., Co-author, “Mental Health, Mental Health Courts, and Minorities,” , Determinants of Minority Mental Health and Wellness, 2009
  • Review of tactics for developing community based homes for persons with mental disabilities., Co-author, "To Stay at Home: Analysis of Rights and Recommendations on Procedures for Persons Receiving Mental Health Services in the Community", 7 Journal of Law and Health (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law) 219, 1993
  • Proposal for review mechanisms for forced medication in psychiatric hospitals.  Cited in Washington v. Harper 494 U.S. 210 (1990)., Co-author, "Right to Refuse Psychotropic Medication: An Interdisciplinary Proposal", 6 Mental Disability Law Reporter 122 , 1982

Industry Groups

  • ADAMH Boards
  • DD Boards
  • Disability Groups
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Office Location for Franklin J. Hickman

1300 East 9th Street
Suite 1020
Cleveland, OH 44114

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Last Updated: 9/19/2019

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