About

attorney Aaron Hicks

Aaron Hicks

FOUNDING PARTNER

Aaron Hicks is a civil trial attorney and founder of Hicks Law Firm, based in Orange County, also with offices in San Diego and Tennessee. His current practice includes representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases, resulting in traumatic brain injuries, catastrophic injuries, complex regional pain syndrome and wrongful death. Some types of cases that Aaron handles include product liability, premises liability, dog bites, car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, hit and run accidents, Uber and Lyft accidents, and uninsured/underinsured motorist accidents.

Aaron has successfully completed multiple jury trials to verdict, as well as binding arbitrations. Based upon his excellent results, Aaron has gained membership into the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is limited to attorneys who have obtained million dollar and multi-million-dollar verdicts or settlements as the primary handling attorney.

Aaron is also a member of AAJ (American Association for Justice), Justice HQ,  TTLA (Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association), CAALA (Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles), as well as CAOC (Consumer Attorneys of California), where he currently serves on the Board of Governors. He is also extremely active in OCTLA (Orange County Trial Lawyers Association), where he serves on the Board of Directors and was awarded Member of the Year in 2017, as well as Board Member of the Year in 2019. Aaron currently serves as an elected officer on the 2nd Vice President of OCTLA.

He has received numerous awards and recognition for his excellent work as an attorney, including: AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®, Best Lawyers – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs 2021, 2022, Best Attorneys of America – Lifetime Member, Super Lawyers of Southern California for 2020, 2021, 2022; Nation’s Top One Percent of National Association of Distinguished Counsel in 2020; 10 Best Attorneys by American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys in 2019; Fellow of National Association of Distinguished Counsel in 2019; Lawyers of Distinction – Personal Injury in 2019; Board Member of the Year Award of OCTLA in 2019; Member of the Year Award of OCTLA in 2017; Presidential Award of Merit of CAOC in 2016; Top 10 Under 40 by National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys in 2016; and Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers.

Aaron received his law degree in 2004 from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, and his undergraduate degree in 1999 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Aaron is licensed to practice law and active in both California and Tennessee. He is also licensed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, United States Supreme Court, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California
    J.D.
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
    B.A.
  • Super Lawyers – Southern California for 2020, 2021, 2022
  • AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Attorneys of America – Lifetime Member
  • Best Lawyers – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs 2021, 2022
  • Nation’s Top One Percent of National Association of Distinguished Counsel in 2020;
  • 10 Best Attorneys by American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys in 2019;
  • Fellow of National Association of Distinguished Counsel in 2019;
  • Lawyers of Distinction – Personal Injury in 2019;
  • Board Member of the Year Award of OCTLA in 2019;
  • Member of the Year Award of OCTLA in 2017;
  • Presidential Award of Merit of CAOC in 2016;
  • Top 10 Under 40 by National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys in 2016;
  • Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers in 2015;
  • Top Attorney, Inland Empire Magazine in 2015;
  • Premier Attorney (nominee) by American Academy of Trial Attorneys in 2015;
  • Superb Rating – Top Attorney Personal Injury by AVVO in 2015.
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA)
  • Justice HQ
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Board of Governors 2014-Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA), Board of Directors, Executive Member 2018 to present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) – Elected Officer – 2nd Vice President, 2021
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • CAALA (Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles)
  • Car v. Pedestrian – $1,265,000
  • Auto v. Motorcycle – $2,773,694
  • Electrocution – $2,000,000
  • Trip and Fall – $490,000
  • Car v. Skateboarder – $1,900,000
  • ATV Rollover – $600,000
  • Car v. Golf Cart – $225,000
  • E-Cig Explosion – $200,000
  • Car v. Pedestrian – $250,000
  • Auto v. Auto – $235,000
  • Auto v. Auto – $100,000
  • Dog Bite – $100,000
  • Auto v. Auto – $375,000
  • Auto v. Auto – $168,443
  • Semi Truck v. Semi Truck – $210,000
  • Auto v. Auto – $100,000
  • Trip and Fall – $299,999
  • Auto v. Auto – $350,000
  • Trampoline Accident – $102,500
  • Auto v. Auto – $160,000
  • Bad Faith – $100,000
  • Auto v. Auto – $100,000
  • Auto v. Auto – $100,000
  • Auto v. Pedestrian – $100,000
  • Auto v. Auto – $250,000
  • Trip and Fall – $335,000
  • Semi Truck v. Pick Up Truck – $1,980,416
  • Auto v. Auto – $496,000
  • Auto v. Pedestrian – $100,000
  • Semi Truck v. Pickup Truck – $990,131.62
  • CAOIE / OCTLA Palm Springs Seminar – “I Got 99 Problems But Being a Solo Ain’t One” – Speaker 2022
  • California Lawyers Association – Solo & Small Firm Summit – Solo But Not Alone – Speaker 2020
  • AAJ Annual Convention – Going Solo: Tips to Make the Process Easier – Speaker 2020
  • CAOIE/OCTLA Palm Springs Seminar The Latest Developments in Employment Law – Moderator 2019
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Hawaii Seminar Improving Your Case Through Technology 2018
  • Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Convention Immigration Law: Trends and Updates – Moderator 2017
  • CAOIE/ OCTLA Palm Springs Seminar Emerging Litigation – Moderator 2017
  • Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Convention, Product Liability – Moderator 2019

Federal

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

States

  • California
  • Tennessee

I pride myself on personal service and excellent communication. You often hear complaints from clients that they can never get in touch with their lawyer. Not at Hicks Law Firm, where I handle each and every one of my cases personally. Additionally, each of my clients are given my personal cellphone number and I make myself available to them whenever they need me.
I love my job and enjoy helping those in need of help. My entire legal career has been devoted to helping people solve problems. I use my years of experience in the legal system to help my clients find solution to the problems they were never expecting.

I am married to my best friend Laura and have a 9-year-old daughter Faith, who is the light of my life. During my free time, I like to exercise, travel, spend time with my friends and family.

Abbas Kazerounian

OF COUNSEL

Abbas Kazerounian is one of the founding partners at Kazerouni Law Group, APC, and the Injury Recovery Group. Mr. Kazerounian’s areas of specialty are personal injury, consumer rights and class actions.

In 2013, 2014, 2015 Abbas was selected by his peers as a rising star and in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 as a Super Lawyer (a prestigious recognition given to only 2.5 percent of the attorneys in the state). In 2020, Abbas was also named to the SuperLawyers Top 50 in Orange County and SuperLawyers Top 100 in Southern California. He was also voted as a Rising Star by the San Diego Daily Transcript in 2012. Abbas was honored to be on the list of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 in 2016 & 2017.

Abbas has litigated over 3000 individual consumer rights cases and is regarded as a one of the preeminent consumer rights attorneys in Southern California. His depth of experience and knowledge in this practice area along with his trial skills, make Mr. Kazerounian one of the premier advocates within this field of law. Abbas has been responsible for over 650 published opinions. He has successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit of Appeals on numerous occasions, including in the landmark case of Knutson v. Sirius XM Radio, No. 12-56120 (9th Cir. 2014). Abbas is currently litigating numerous other cases in the Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Abbas attended the University of Plymouth, U.K., where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English literature & theatre and performance. He then received his masters from the prestigious London Academy of Performing Arts. Subsequently Mr. Kazerounian received his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA.

Abbas is an adjunct professor of law at California Western School of Law where he teaches a three-credit course in consumer law. He also lectures nationwide on class action litigation and consumer law.

Abbas is licensed to practice law in CA, TX, IL, WA, DC, NY, MI and CO. He is also licensed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals as well the United States Supreme Court.

  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D.
  • University of Plymouth, United Kingdom
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: English literature & theatre and performance
  •  London Academy of Performing Arts
  • Super Lawyer, 2013-2016
  • Voted as a Rising Star by the San Diego Daily Transcript in 2012
  • Nominated to Top 40 under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award by State Bar of California for Pro Bono Work, 2017;
  • Voted Rising Star in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2015;
  • Voted a Super lawyer in Super Lawyer Magazine 2016-2019;
  • Voted Rising Star by San Diego Transcript in 2012;
  • Nominated to Top 40 under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers 2018-2019.
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Diversity Chair and Board Member from 2013-present 
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association 
  • Orange County Bar Association, member
  • Orange County Chapter of Iranian American Bar Association, two time president, 2009-2010
  • American Association for Justice
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • On Two Feet and Wings, 2013
  • The Boy with Two Lives, 2015
  • Finding A Balance, Nutrition Business Journal, Special Edition, 2016
  • Principles of Litigating Consumer Class Actions, The Advocate, February, 2015
  • FDCPA: The Forgotten Statute, Daily Journal, 2016
  • Principles of Litigating Consumer Class Actions, The Advocate, February, 2015
  • Collateral Damage, Beyond the personal injury: When Creditors and collection agencies stalk your client, Plaintiff magazine, 2017
  • The Impact of Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis: How Arbitration Will Impact Consumers Going Forward, The Gavel, 2018
  • Material Considerations When Screening For A Class Representative, Plaintiff Magazine, 2020
  • Spoke at ABA National Convention on TCPA, ABA, 2013-2016
  • Consumer Law — Adjunct Professor, CWSL, 2013-2016
  • Speaker at the 2014 ACA Conference in November 2014
  • Venables AdLaw Symposium in April 2016
  • The Rocky Road for the FCC’s Interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in 2016 Live webcast in April 2016
  • ACI Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement in Washington, D.C.-April 2016
  • Speaker at ACI Conference in Dallas, TX in September of 2016 concerning The
    Borrower’s Perspective: Insight From The Plaintiffs’; Bar and Consumer Advocates
  • Speaker on TCPA panel in September of 2016 at the Annual Consumer Financial Services
    Conference
  • Speaker at the 2016 CAOC Conference in November of 2016
  • Made regular presentations to community organizations regarding debt
    collection laws and consumer rights, including the Telephone Consumer
    Protection Act (“TCPA”). These organizations include Whittier Law School,
    Iranian American Bar Association, Trinity School of Law and Chapman Law
    School, University of California, Irvine, and California Western School of Law.
  • I was the principle anchor on Time Television Broadcasting every Thursday night
    as an expert on consumer law generally, and the TCPA specifically, between
    2012 and 2013.
  • I lectured in Class Action Trends at the CAOC 2015 Conference in San
    Francisco.
  • In May of 2016, I spoke on Class Action Trends at the CAOC seminar in
    Palm Springs, California.
  • I lectured on the TCPA before the ABA Business Law Section, Consumer
    Financial Services Committee? in January 2016 at an event in Utah entitled,
    “Impact? of the FCC’s 2015 ?Rulings on TCPA Litigation?.”
  • In 2016, I wrote an article entitled “Finding a Balance” that was published in
    the Nutrition Business Journal, concerning a lawsuit filed under the
    Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act.
  • Guest speaker for legal analysis on popular television and radio shows such
    as Dr. Drew Midday Live and Fox 5.
  • I spoke on privacy rights on a panel before the California State Bar
    Convention in 2016.
  • In March of 2016, I moderated the Judges Panel on Class Action Trends and
    Federal Litigation Trends at the NCLC Conference.
  • Speaker at the Western Trial Lawyers Association conference on Class
    Action Trends in 2017, held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
  • Speaker at Consumer Attorneys of California 2017 seminar on hot litigation
    topics at Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
  • Speaker at National Webinar by the ABA Consumer Financial Services
    Committee on TCPA Update – “The D.C. Circuit’s TCPA Decision on the
    FCC Ruling, held on March 22, 2018.
  • Spoke at 2018 Inland Empire CAOC Convention on “Class Action Hot
    Topics” – May 2018.
  • Speaker at national webinar sponsored by Ballard Spahr LLP, entitled, From
    Both Sides: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives on the TCPA – August 2018.
  • On October 10, 2018, I was one of the two panelist and spoke at a webinar
    entitled, TCPA Takes A New Turn With the 9 th Circuit’s Ruling in Marks v.
    Crunch San Diego, LLC, hosted by the Consumer Financial Services
    Committee of the American Bar Association.
  • Panelist at the Consumer Financial Services Committee meeting entitled,
    TCPA Litigation: Where Is It Heading Now?, held on January 11, 2019.
  • Spoke on the Fundamentals of thee FDCPA at NCLC 2019 Las Vegas
    Conference.
  • Spoke on “The interplay between Personal Injury and Class Actions” at the
    CAOC Sonoma Seminar 2019.
  • Presented at Mass Torts Made Perfect on Modern Trends in the TCPA in
    April of 2019.
  • Speaker at the CAOC Inland Empire Seminar in Palm Springs on “Dealin
    with Overly Ambitious Lien Holders, on May 2, 2019.
  • California
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia 
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • 40-50 hours a year to legal aid
  • English
  • Farsi
  • Phi Alpha Delta