Pier 9, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94111
Pier 9, Suite 100       San Francisco, CA 94111

Brendan Hickey


Brendan Hickey



Harvard Law School, JD cum laude
UCLA, BA Psychology, magna cum laude


Federal Defenders of San Diego, Trial Attorney (2008-2010)
Defender Services, Founder (2010 – Present)

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.

Appeals 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).


  • Harvard Law School, JD cum laude
  • UCLA, BA Psychology, magna cum laude


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

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. 

Contact us about your case.

It is imperative that your lawyer is a talented trial attorney, experienced litigator, and has access to professional resources to develop a powerful defense case. Mr. Hickey will work closely with you and has the advantage of access to PIs, financial consultants, tax advisors, and other experts who are immediately available to provide the support needed to craft a strong defense. 

If you are facing charges or are under investigation in a criminal case, the steps you take early in the case have everything to do with the outcome. Exercise your right to remain silent, and contact Hickey & Chung.

Scope of practice: Attorney Brendan Hickey, Hickey & Chung LLP

Mr. Hickey and his firm provide legal representation in a range of state and federal cases, including:

  • Criminal defense
  • Federal criminal defense
  • White-collar defense
  • Securities & investment fraud
  • Tax offenses
  • State criminal defense
  • Immigration defense
  • Seizure and asset forfeiture defense
  • Drug offenses
  • Firearms offenses
  • Violent offenses
  • Title IX
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual offenses
  • Civil litigation
  • Whistleblower representation
  • Compassionate release
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Habeas corpus and post-conviction relief
  • Rico and conspiracy offenses
  • Professional licensing defense
  • Regulatory offenses
  • Victim and witness representation
  • Computer crimes
  • Pier 9, Suite 100   San Francisco, CA 94111