Our People

Richard Hicks

Partner

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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

Partner

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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

Partner

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John W. Noecker received his B.S. degree from The Ohio State University in December, 1962, and his J.D. degree from The Ohio State University College of Law in June, 1966.

Mr. Noecker practiced law in Newark, Ohio with the McDonald Robison firm from 1966 to 1983, then with the firm of Morrow, Gordon & Byrd from 1983 to 1996. His practice in Ohio concentrated in the areas of real estate law (residential and commercial), municipal law, oil and gas law, probate law and estate planning. Mr. Noecker was also an agent for Chicago Title Insurance Company from 1971 through 1995, and founder and president of Chicago Title Agency of Newark, Inc.. Mr. Noecker served as Law Director for the Village of Granville, Ohio, from 1975 to 1985.

In 1996, Mr. Noecker moved to Greensboro, was admitted to practice in North Carolina and joined the firm of Hicks McDonald Noecker LLP. Mr. Noecker’s practice in North Carolina  has also been in the areas of real estate law, including contract review and drafting, title examinations, closings and title insurance. His practice also includes probate matters, drafting of wills, trusts and powers of attorney, and estate administration

William Mitchell

Associate Attorney

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William “Bill” Mitchell joined Hicks McDonald Noecker, LLP as an associate attorney in February 2015. A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Mr. Mitchell spent his entire life in the area. He received the B.A. degree in political science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2009. Mr. Mitchell’s love for his hometown motivated him to attend Elon University School of Law from which he graduated in 2014 with the J.D. degree.

During law school, Mr. Mitchell discovered his passion for the courtroom as an intern with the Public Defender’s Office in High Point and Greensboro. With his fervor for litigation, Mr. Mitchell has served as associate counsel representing individuals with issues ranging from assault to eminent domain, as well as serving as associate counsel for cases in the District, Superior, and Federal Trial Courts, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Courtney Ball

Research Analyst

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Courtney Ball received her B.S. in Biomedical Science from Averett University in Danville Virginia in 2011. From there she attended graduate school at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science where she focused on immunology and drug development. Courtney then received her J.D. from Elon University in Greensboro North Carolina in 2016.

Courtney’s main focus throughout her academic career has been intellectual property with a concentration on biomedical patents and drug development. During the summer of 2015 Courtney worked as a Patent Legal Intern with Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines department in Washington D.C.. There she analyzed United States patent law and did comparative analyses to various foreign patent codes, including India and the Philippines. She also assisted in lobbying efforts during the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations regarding how the patenting of Biologic medicines should be handled on an international scale.

Chris Webster

Paralegal

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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 Administrator

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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.