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David Hricik

Professor David Hricik

Associate Dean of Faculty Research & Development and Professor of Law



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  • Civil Procedure
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal Ethics
  • Property Law
  • State & Federal Legislation
  • Torts

Professor David Hricik received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Arizona, where he majored in English.  He received his law degree with honors from Northwestern University School of Law.  He practiced with Baker Botts and small litigation boutiques from 1988 to 2002, litigating cases primarily involving patent infringement, legal malpractice, and general complex commercial matters.

In 2002, he joined Mercer University School of Law, where he has taught legal ethics, patent law and litigation, federal civil procedure, and other courses.  He has authored the only treatise on ethical issues in patent litigation, and co-authored the only treatise on ethical issues in patent prosecution.  In addition to serving leadership positions on ethics committees with the AIPLA and ABA and serving as an expert witness, he has written dozens of articles and given well over 200 presentations on issues at the intersection of ethics and technology or intellectual property.  His articles and testimony have been adopted by both state and federal courts.

In 2012-13, he served as law clerk to Chief Judge Randall R. Rader at the Federal Circuit.  In 2013, he rejoined Mercer and also became Of Counsel to Taylor English Duma, LLP, where he represented clients in patent and complex litigation until early 2019. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2016 and as a Fellow of the American Intellectual Property Law Association in 2019.  Finally, he began authorship of Georgia Law of Torts in 2019.

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