Brent Hicks is the co-chair of the firm’s Government Contracting and Construction practice group. With more than 20 years of experience, he is recognized as an authority in construction, government contracting, and commercial litigation. An accomplished litigator, he utilizes a business-oriented approach to litigation, frequently relying upon the skills he acquired as a Certified Public Accountant. Brent has led teams in significant matters before federal and state courts, as well as arbitral proceedings pending in Louisiana and throughout the country. Brent has also argued major cases before multiple state appellate courts, the U.S. Fifth Circuit en banc, and multiple U.S. Fifth Circuit panels.
Brent’s construction practice focuses on construction litigation and all aspects of construction law. He represents owners, contractors, insurers, and other professionals in the construction industry. He assists clients through all stages of construction projects, including preparing and negotiating construction contracts, advising owners and contractors during the project so as to avoid and resolve disputes, and litigating disputes following project completion.
Brent also has extensive experience in government contracting, regularly representing clients in public bid disputes related to federal, state, and local construction projects and procurements. In addition, he helps clients evaluate and negotiate proposals, bids, and contracts; handles settlements related to contracts terminated for default and for convenience; and advises clients on compliance with the Cost Principals of FAR Part 31.
In the area of commercial litigation, Brent represents clients in complex commercial disputes in federal and state courts as well as in arbitral proceedings. He handles commercial, financial, and real estate transaction litigation as well as in disputes among business owners. In addition to representing private parties in commercial matters, Brent has represented the State of Louisiana and its agencies in a variety of matters including contract disputes, civil rights, state retirement funding, education, healthcare, and prison conditions.
Prior to entering the legal profession, Brent was a Certified Public Accountant. He worked for a large privately held company within its internal audit department, where he analyzed and verified the accuracy of financial statements and other financial data. He frequently draws upon that experience when handling complex financial, accounting, and securities issues.