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Richard Hicks


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Richard H. Hicks, Jr. received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1966 before receiving the J. D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1969.  He served two years of active duty as an officer in the United States Army.  

Mr. Hicks has practiced law since 1971.  He began his professional career in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was associated with the firm of Boyle, Alexander and Hord, practicing primarily in the field of insurance defense litigation.  Thereafter, he was a staff attorney for a number of years in the legal department of an NYSE listed corporation based in Greensboro.  Mr. Hicks returned to the private practice of law in 1981 in order to resume his civil litigation practice and establish his business practice.  In 1994, he and David W. McDonald established the firm now known as Hicks McDonald Noecker LLP.  Mr. Hicks’s current practice is concentrated in the areas of business entity formations and business startups, entity governance, investor relations, business transactions, and other areas of corporate representation.

David McDonald


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David W. McDonald received his B.A degree from the University of North Carolina in 1976, together with joint J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980.

Mr. McDonald began his legal career in Washington, D.C. where he was a partner in the law firm of Burch Wilhelm & McDonald.  The practice in Washington, D.C. included complex business litigation, international trade, and employment law.  Mr. McDonald returned to North Carolina in 1985 to raise his family and to practice law.  Mr. McDonald is a founding partner in Hicks McDonald Noecker LLP. Mr. McDonald’s practice in Greensboro extends to general representation of businesses and individuals; litigation in broad areas including business disputes, employment, discrimination, civil rights, defamation, condemnation and constitutional law; administrative practice; and appellate advocacy.  Mr. McDonald practices in the trial, administrative and appellate courts of North Carolina as well as the United States District Courts for all Districts of North Carolina and in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

John Noecker

Retired Member of the North Carolina State Bar

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Chris Webster


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J. Chris Webster joined Hicks McDonald Noecker, LLP, as our NC Certified Paralegal in May, 2016.  His duties with the firm are varied, including case management, litigation preparation, document review and research, client contacts and intake, and daily learning about the intricacies of the unique path of this firm.  He has noted that the firm’s mix of civil law with precedent setting constitutional law are of particular fascination and challenge to him.  Chris works closely with Mrs. Bowman, our experienced Legal Administrator, to help manage the flow of documents and communications related to the many and varied cases.

Chris’ background as a career classroom teacher and sports coach, after shorter tenures in hotel and foodservice management along with newspaper editing, provide him with a skill set that translates readily to the legal profession.  Having completed the coursework for paralegal certification at Guilford College in December of 2014, Chris gained his North Carolina Certification in the Spring of 2015, and happily landed at, as he calls it, the “progressive and friendly” Hicks McDonald Noecker firm anxious to contribute to “the backbone of democracy”.

Debbie Bowman

Legal Assistant

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Debbie Bowman joined the firm of Hicks McDonald Noecker, LLP January 2004 as our Legal Administrator after eight years of executive support at Guilford College.  Her professional development includes certification in Legal Authority and Research, Legal Documents, Analysis and Legal Terminology, Process, Ethics, and Tort and Contract Law from Randolph Community College.  

Debbie is responsible for a broad range of administrative functions as well as legal support.  She will likely be the person with whom you speak when calling our office.  Helping our clients is what she enjoys most.