Legal advocacy protecting you and your interests.

The attorneys diligently representing you in all courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

William J. Hickey

William J. Hickey

Mr. Hickey is the co-founder of Hickey & Gittins, LLC, the founder of the Law Office of William J. Hickey after previously being a partner in prominent Maryland firms of Donahue, Ehrmantraut & Montendonico; Montindinico & Mason and Montedonico, Hamilton, & Altman. Before joining Donahue, Ehrmantraut & Montedonico, Mr. Hickey was General Counsel with a U.S. a subsidiary corporation of a major multinational pharmaceutical corporation.

For over five years, he was litigation counsel overseeing a national product liability team of attorneys. He supervised and tried cases of national significance.

Since serving as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the State of Maryland, Mr. Hickey has litigated over 100 cases. He has extensive expertise in complex legal issues in employment, commercial and tort-related cases as well as providing legal defense to boards of directors involving claims of D&O liability.

Mr. Hickey has represented contractors, subcontractors and developers in matters involving all aspects of construction. Such representations include product liability issues for defective products used in the construction process, third-party liability for negligent supervision and faulty installation of products, catastrophic injury to construction workers and closed container product liability matters. He has also spoken and published in the area of employment law and civil rights including such topics as the Fair Housing Act, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and personal liability of corporate officers and directors. He has published articles in the Journal of Air Law and Commerce and extensively lectured on labor and employment matters.

Mr. Hickey was trial attorney in the leading gender discrimination case in the District of Columbia, involving several Title VII issues. (Lively v. FPA 773 A.2d 1033 (D.C. 2001). The case presented to the appellate court questions of gender discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation and unequal pay. The Court of Appeals rendered two separate decisions with the second decision (830 A.2d 874 D.C. 2003) decided by an en banc review of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The decision was premised on the retrospective application of National R.R. Passenger Corp. v. Morgan, (536 U.S. 101,122 S. Ct. 2061, 153 L.Ed.2d 106 (2002)) on the issue of continuing violation. The Lively case has become the landmark hostile work environment case for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Hickey is an Advocate Level of Distinction of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He served for two years as the President of the District of Columbia Chapter and has represented the District of Columbia as a member of the National Board of Directors for the last ten years. He has served as a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC). Mr. Hickey is a certified mediator and has mediated cases involving construction, employment and tort matters both as a volunteer and as a designated mediator.

In addition to his activities as a lawyer, Mr. Hickey has been extremely active in community affairs. He serves on several boards of directors and has achieved the distinction of having received the endorsement of the State Judicial Nominating Committee as being fully competent for judicial appointment.

Robert M. Gittins

Robert M. Gittins

Mr. Gittins is a co-founder and managing member of Hickey & Gittins, LLC having previously served as a litigator with the Law Offices of William J. Hickey, as well as for Joseph F. Cunningham & Associates, PLC. He has been representing individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations in Maryland and the District of Columbia, at both the State and Federal levels, for 10 years and has an extensive background in all aspects of civil litigation in these jurisdictions.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, admitted December 2003
  • District of Columbia, admitted November 2004
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia, admitted November 2007
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland, admitted March 2007
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, admitted December 2008
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, admitted March 2011


Washington College of Law, Washington, DC, Juris Doctor, 2003

  • Grade-on Invitation, Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law
  • Highest marks for Criminal Law & Civil Practice Clinic
  • Outstanding performance in Anti-Trust, Intellectual Property, Communications Law, Computer Crime, and an Independent Study Project on Internet Copyright Infringement
  • SBA Executive Committee on Technology

American University, Washington, DC

  • Master of Science in Management Information Systems, 1999
    • Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society for the Computing Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Criminal Justice, 1996
    • Dean's List & School of Public Affairs Leadership Program


"Business Process Reengineering with Object Oriented Technology: Is the Gamble Worth the Risk?" Object Oriented Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges, Idea Group Publishing (Hershey, 2000).


  • American Board of Trial Advocates Trial College Fellow — 2010.
  • District of Columbia Bar Association — 2004 to present.
  • Maryland State Bar Association — 2003 to present.
  • Montgomery County, Maryland American Inns of Court — 2008-2009 & 2010-2011.
  • Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Association — 2003 to present.
  • Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Technology Committee Member — 2008 to 2012.