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Jeffrey C. Hicks Lawyer Profile

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Biography

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® rated attorney serving as Assistant General Counsel-Corporate Real Estate for Dart Container and its related entities. Dart is the world's largest manufacturer of foam cups and containers, producing as many as all competitors combined. In my current role, I am responsible for overseeing legal matters pertaining to the purchase, sale, leasing, holding, and use of all domestic and foreign corporate real estate holdings. I work collaboratively and creatively with internal departments, outside counsel, and other parties to various transactions to help negotiate and successfully close complex transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions of commercial properties, development, leasing, and construction. This process involves attention to the allocation of risks, and rights and obligations of all concerned parties to ensure a favorable outcome. As Assistant General Counsel I am charged with handling the most complex, highly sensitive and specialized matters of legal policies and procedures related to Dart's corporate real estate. Specific responsibilities include: -negotiating the purchase of corporate real estate and the drafting of documents related thereto; easements; lease review, drafting; construction contracts for facilities at domestic and certain international facilities; international legal matters related to corporate real estate

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Education

Wayne State University Law School
Year Graduated: 1997
JD
Michigan State University
Year Graduated: 1993
Bachelors Political Science-Prelaw

Awards & Certifications

AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Year(s): 2015
Organization: Martindale-Hubbell
The Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating recognition is a result of direct feedback from attorneys and judges on legal abilities and professional ethical standards, and is a significant rating accomplishment. The distinction is a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States. The ratings reflect a combination of achieving a very high general ethical standards rating and a legal ability numerical rating, including legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience.
Camille S. Abood Distinguished Volunteer Award
Year(s): 2013
Organization: Ingham County Bar Association
The Camille S. Abood Distinguished Volunteer Award is presented to a member of the Ingham County Bar Association who has distinguished himself or herself by making voluntary contributions of time and talent for the benefit of others.
Client Distinction Award
Year(s): 2012
Organization: Martindale-Hubbell
Less than 4% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed on Martindale.com and lawyers.com have been accorded this Martindale-Hubbell honor of distinction. The Client Distinction Award Recognizes attorneys for their quality of service, overall value, responsiveness, and communication ability.
Community Service Award
Year(s): 2010
Organization: Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Community Service Award honors outstanding individuals who give their time and expertise, go above and beyond their own field of endeavor to contribute to the community, and demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in all they do. The Community Service Award also recognizes individuals who have been an inspiration to the community, both in their profession and in their efforts to make the Lansing region a better community.
Paul Harris Fellow
Year(s): 2008
Organization: Rotary International
Paul Harris Fellow recognition was created in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary as a way to show appreciation for contributions to the Foundation's charitable and educational programs. Paul Harris Fellows are recognized as an advocate of the Foundation's goals of world peace and international understanding.

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