Renea Hicks

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Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Austin, TX

Law Office of Max Renea Hicks
 | PO Box 303187, Austin, TX 78703
Phone: 512-480-8231
Fax: 512-480-9105
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate (40%),
  • Environmental (30%),
  • Legislative & Governmental Affairs (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Renea Hicks is a certified appellate and litigation attorney based in Austin, Texas, whose solo practice (Law Office of Max Renea Hicks) extends across the State of Texas. A former State Solicitor, Mr. Hicks focuses on appellate and constitutional disputes, frequently where they intersect with public policy and government decision making. His more recent work has included the areas of political and election law, water rights and environmental disputes, and regulatory takings.

    Board certified in civil appellate law, and with more than 35 years of experience, Mr. Hicks continues his involvement in complex and high-profile cases. He has argued several cases in the Supreme Courts of both the United States (6) and Texas (5) and briefed numerous others there. Noteworthy cases include NwAustin MUD v. Holder (voting rights), Texas v. New Mexico (interstate water rights), City of Cleburne v. Cleburne Living Center (disability rights), and City of Austin v. Whittington (governmental takings). Other significant appellate cases include Bexar Met. Water Dist. v. City of San Antonio (government boundaries), Hudspeth Cty. UWC Dist. v. Guitar Holding (groundwater regulation), and Spiller v. White (NEPA and pipelines). He has been involved in every round of Texas redistricting litigation since the early 1990s.

    He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, has been chosen a Texas SuperLawyer in Civil Appellate Law each year since 2003, and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States as well as five federal appellate courts and all federal district courts in Texas. He served for several semesters as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, teaching a seminar on “Suing and Defending the Government.” Mr. Hicks graduated with honors from both undergraduate and law school at the University of Texas.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Appellate
    • 30%Environmental
    • 30%Legislative & Governmental Affairs


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    Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2020

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    About Renea Hicks

    Admitted: 1977, Texas


    • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
    • AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified, Texas Civil Appellate Law

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1988
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2017
    • Member, Travis County Bar Association
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1980
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1981
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1985
    • Member, Austin Bar Association
    • Texas, 1977
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1981
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1978
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
    • Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1980
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1986

    Educational Background:

    • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., With Honors, 1969
    • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, J.D., With Honors, 1976
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    PO Box 303187
    Austin, TX 78703

    Phone: 512-480-8231

    Fax: 512-480-9105

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    Last Updated: 3/24/2020

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