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Brendan Hickey

Partner Brendan Hickey


Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • White-Collar Defense
  • Securities & Investment Fraud
  • Tax Offenses
  • State Criminal Defense
  • Immigration Defense
  • Seizure & Asset Forfeiture Defense
  • Drug Offenses
  • Firearm Offenses
  • Violent Offenses
  • Title IX
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Offenses
  • Civil Litigation
  • Whistleblower Representation
  • Compassionate Release
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Habeas Corpus & Post-Conviction Relief
  • RICO & Conspiracy Offenses
  • Professional Licensing Defense
  • Regulatory Offenses
  • Victim & Witness Representation
  • Computer Crimes


Brendan Hickey is a Harvard Law School graduate and former Federal Public Defender who has served as lead defense counsel in hundreds of federal and state criminal cases. Mr. Hickey has represented a broad range of individual, corporate, and organizational clients in all types of criminal cases, from drug and immigration offenses to complex white-collar crimes and multi-defendant conspiracy cases.

Attorney With A Record Of Positive Outcomes

In addition to his extensive trial experience, Mr. Hickey has also handled appeals before the California Courts of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, successfully vacating prior convictions for his clients in habeas corpus proceedings.

Professional Memberships And Service

Mr. Hickey is proud to be a member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel for the Northern District of California and has been asked to serve as an instructor for the Northern District federal defense bar. His motions work attacking government surveillance techniques has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, and his courtroom advocacy has been featured in other publications such as the Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News.


Mr. Hickey also serves on the faculty of Thammasat University, where he teaches courses on human migration, law and public health, and social entrepreneurship to undergraduate and graduate students from Thammasat, the University of California (through its Education Abroad Program), and Maastricht University (Netherlands).

The Client Experience

Mr. Hickey has a five-star rating on Avvo, with his clients posting reviews such as "brilliant trial attorney" and "best lawyer I've ever had!" You can expect Mr. Hickey to focus on your case, dedicate long hours to crafting a compelling defense, and be responsive and available throughout the duration of the proceedings. You have the right to an attorney, but lawyers vary in natural talent, ability to identify the flaws in the prosecution's case, and craft a compelling defense case to challenge the evidence the prosecutor presents.


  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of California Los Angeles
    • B.A.
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Psychology

Bar Admissions

  • California

Classes and Seminars

  • Instructor, Northern District Federal Defense Bar
  • Faculty, Thammasat University


  • English
  • Spanish

Past Positions​

  • Federal Defenders of San Diego, Trial Attorney, 2008 - 2010
  • Defender Services, Founder, 2010 - Present