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Robert J. Hicks
Chairman and Managing Partner

Ranked by Super Lawyers

ROBERT J. HICKS is Chairman of the Executive Committee and Managing Partner of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. He is a 1986 graduate of the William and Mary Law School, Williamsburg, Virginia, where he was Order of the Coif and a member of the William and Mary Law Review. He is a 1984 honors graduate of Butler University, Indianapolis, passed the CPA exam, and started his career as a tax professional with Arthur Andersen.

Bob focuses his practice on complex business and commercial transactions, private equity and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, structured financings, business advisory services, and structural tax matters. He serves as outside counsel for the largest private equity fund in Indiana, along with several other substantial and successful businesses.

Bob took a hiatus from the private practice of law from 1996 through 2001 (working in Chicago, Toronto and New York) and gained experience in Wall Street transactional work and as a corporate executive.  During that period, Bob served as Executive Vice President, Strategic Development for the CIT Group, the second largest finance company in the United States (and its predecessor, Newcourt Credit Group), President of its largest U.S. financing division, and CEO of RealMed Corporation, its largest portfolio company.

For several years, Bob has been named to the lists of Indiana Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Indiana top tier in Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions). In 2008 he was named a Distinguished Fellow by the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, in 2012 he was recognized as a Distinguished Barrister for The Indiana Lawyer's Leadership in Law awards and in 2017 he was named the Indianapolis Business Organizations Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America®. Best Lawyers also named him the Lawyer of the Year in 2013 and 2014 for Mergers and Acquisitions in Indianapolis.

Bob is active in the local community serving on several boards including The Center for the Performing Arts and Safe Families for Children of Central Indiana.