J. Michelle Hickey (Los Angeles, California)
J. Michelle Hickey (Los Angeles, California)

J. Michelle Hickey

Licensed for 27 years

Practice Area: Environmental, Land Use

J. Michelle Hickey

Serving Los Angeles, CA view address

Of Counsel at firm Pircher, Nichols & Meeks

Serving Los Angeles, CA view address

About J. Michelle Hickey

Michelle Hickey joined the firm in 2010 and is Of Counsel in the firm's real estate department with an emphasis on land use and environmental matters.

Ms. Hickey has spent more than 20 years handling complex land use and environmental litigation, transaction and compliance matters. Her clients include real estate developers, municipalities, financial institutions, energy and retail companies and Indian tribes. She has developed strategies to insure that projects obtain the needed entitlement, environmental review and permitting approvals. She is also skilled in leading the public relations component of getting controversial projects approved. Such projects include commercial and retail operations, hotels and...

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Michelle Hickey joined the firm in 2010 and is Of Counsel in the firm's real estate department with an emphasis on land use and environmental matters.

Ms. Hickey has spent more than 20 years handling complex land use and environmental litigation, transaction and compliance matters. Her clients include real estate developers, municipalities, financial institutions, energy and retail companies and Indian tribes. She has developed strategies to insure that projects obtain the needed entitlement, environmental review and permitting approvals. She is also skilled in leading the public relations component of getting controversial projects approved. Such projects include commercial and retail operations, hotels and resorts, casinos, Brownfield projects, housing developments, manufacturing facilities and major infrastructure improvements. Hickey also represents clients in both state and federal courts and in front of local, state and federal governmental agencies on land use and environmental litigation and permitting matters.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Five Steps to Help Buyer Obtain CERCLA Liability Protection
Commercial Property Executive, January 2015
•Contributing Author, Safety, Health and Asset Protection: Management Essential
2nd Edition
•Contributing Author, The Endangered Species Act Deskbook
2nd and 1st Editions

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Areas of Law

  • Environmental
  • Land Use

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  • 4.9/5.0 9 reviews
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 04/29/15 in Civil Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 04/29/15 in Real Estate Development

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 04/29/15 in Environmental Law

    Based on my experience working with Michelle Hickey over 25 years, she has provided consistently excellent legal advice and representation in a wide variety of environmen... Read more

    Based on my experience working with Michelle Hickey over 25 years, she has provided consistently excellent legal advice and representation in a wide variety of environmental matters, including regulatory and enforcement proceedings, land use transactions, and operational issues.

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  • 4.0/5.0 by a Unknown on 04/20/15 in Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 04/13/15 in Environmental Business Law

    I worked with Michelle for more than 5 years and supervised her as head of the real estate, land use, and environmental department at a major national law firm. She has... Read more

    I worked with Michelle for more than 5 years and supervised her as head of the real estate, land use, and environmental department at a major national law firm. She has a commanding knowledge of environmental law, is an articulate and effective oral and written communicator, and she is good with clients. Her legal advice is well reasoned and aptly fits the facts and circumstances. I recommend her highly.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 04/13/15 in Environmental Cost Recovery

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 04/12/15 in Environmental Land Use

    Michelle is an excellent environmental lawyer: skillful and practical. We worked together at a different law firm several years ago, and it would be a pleasure to work... Read more

    Michelle is an excellent environmental lawyer: skillful and practical. We worked together at a different law firm several years ago, and it would be a pleasure to work with her again.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Principal on 04/12/15 in Environmental Law

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Principal on 04/12/15 in Environmental Law

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      Credentials

      Position
      Of Counsel
      Admission Details
      Admitted in 1989, California
      1989, U.S. District of Court of the Central District of California
      Law School Attended
      Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley
      Class of 1989
      J.D.
      University Attended
      University of California, Los Angeles
      Class of 1986
      B.A.
      English, cum laude