J. Patrick Hicks

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird LLP

3-5 years

J. Patrick Hicks is an associate with Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird LLP, practicing in the areas of trusts and estates, and business and commercial transactions. His practice includes estate and tax planning, trust administration, probate, business formations, and commercial transactions.

Hicks works closely with clients, as well as their families and professional advisers, to determine their estate and business planning objectives, identify related tax and non-tax issues, and implement planning strategies to achieve the clients’ needs and objectives. He counsels clients on the formation and operation of businesses and coordinates business succession strategies with estate planning objectives. He has also worked with clients in the development of comprehensive estate plans for holding commercial real estate and business interests.

Hicks advises clients on the tax consequences and other issues related to the ownership and transfer of high-value luxury assets, including airplanes, helicopters, and yachts. Hicks also advises clients on multi-jurisdictional sales and use tax issues and the U.S. estate, gift, and income tax consequences of estate planning for foreign real estate holdings.

Hicks completed his undergraduate work at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., graduating in 2005 with a B.A. in economics while serving as a firefighter for the town of Davidson. Hicks received his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2008, where he chaired the Moot Court Board and served on the Public Service Advisory Board. Hicks then obtained his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2010. Hicks is admitted to practice in California and North Carolina and is a member of the Taxation Law and Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law sections of the San Diego County Bar Association.

When not at work, Hicks enjoys travelling, spending time with family, camping and whitewater rafting. 

The Daily Transcript congratulates Young Attorneys 2013

This is the culmination of a peer nominating process that asked San Diego County lawyers to name the best young attorneys in San Diego County who are: Hard-Working & Detail-Oriented, Knowledgeable & Enthusiastic, Ethical & Professional, and Committed to Furthering the Interests of Justice in Society.

Young Attorneys 2013 Finalists

1-2 years

Ben Aguilar

Law Offices of Ben Aguilar

Jessica Blas

The Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider APC

Tyler Campbell

Foldenauer Law Group

Ben Coughlan

Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys

Michael Dallo

Dallo Law Group

Jeremy Evans

California Sports Lawyer

Michael Fullam

Parker Straus LLP

Kristen Gonzales Roberts

San Diego Law Firm

Melissa Laugle

Heggeness Sweet Simington & Patrico

Jing Li

Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Aastha Madaan

Brownstone Law Group P.C.

Jacob Stipp

The Ellis Firm

Brooke Tabshouri

Fisher & Phillips

Geoff Thorne

Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP

Alisha Wood

Law Office of G. Cole Casey

3-5 years

Melissa Deleon

Deleon Law

Ankur Garg


Michael Healy

Fredrickson, Mazeika & Grant LLP

J. Patrick Hicks

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird LLP

Tim Johnson

Ogletree Deakins

John Landay

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP

Michael Leonard

San Diego Corporate Law

Jessica Mackaness

McKenna Long & Aldridge

Kevan McLaughlin

McLaughlin Legal

Caroline Perry

San Diego Padres

Karen Potter

McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP

Scott Salmu

Salmu Law Firm APLC

Travis Stewart

Provide Commerce Inc.

6-7 years

Sigurd Carlson

Sempra Energy

William Concidine

East Village Law Group

Greg Del Gaizo

Robbins Arroyo LLP

Heather Ferbert

Christensen & Spath LLP

Brian Findley

Mulligan & Banham

Angela Jae Chun

Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Sondra Levine

UTC Aerospace Systems

James Mann

Latham & Watkins

Lindsey Mercer

Law Offices of Lindsey B. Mercer

Puja Sachdev

Sachdev Legal Group APC

Alexandra Selfridge

Law Offices of Kenneth N. Greenfield

Ashley Teague

Teague Law

Tyler Theobald

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton

Harold Trimmer

Coughlan, Semmer, Fitch and Pott

Kyle Yaege

Galuppo & Blake

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Important Dates

Nominations Open September 11
Nominations Close October 31
Nominees Published November 8
Finalists Notified November 11
Sponsorship/Advertising December 9
Publication December 18



Timothy Hutter, Allen Matkins

Associate at Allen Matkins San Diego, Timothy Hutter's drive and passion for law have earned him recognition as a top Young Attorney for 2012 by The Daily Transcript.

Past Events

Young Attorneys reception

Transcript reporter Doug Sherwin talks to Nadia P. Bermudez of the Brown Law Group LLP at the 2007 Young Attorneys reception.