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Meet David J. Hickton
By Stephanie Woodrow | June 8, 2022 10:09 am

David Hickton (Burns, White and Hickton LLC)

David J. Hickton (Pennsylvania State University, University of Pittsburgh School of Law) is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He would replace Mary Beth Buchanan, who resigned to run for the Republication nomination for the 4th congressional district in Pennsylvania, which she lost.  The district’s current acting U.S. Attorney is Robert S. Cessar.

His vitals:

  • Born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1955.
  • Attended but did not earn a degree from Exeter University in the United Kingdom.
  • Has been with Burns, White & Hickton LLC in Pittsburgh since 1987. Was a founding and executive member from 1987 to 2008 and became of counsel in 2009.
  • Has been an adjunct professor of law in antitrust at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh since 1998.
  • Was the founder and principal of  DH Consulting LLC in Pittsburgh from 2008 to 2009.
  • Was an associate attorney focusing on commercial and antitrust litigation at Dickie McCamey & Chilcote PC in Pittsburgh from 1983 to 1987.
  • Clerked for the Honorable U.S. District Court Judge Gustave Diamond in Pittsburgh from 1981 to 1993.
  • Tried approximately 36 cases to trial as sole or chief counsel and approximately 23 as special/associate or supervisory counsel.
  • Was respondent in a petition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court which was resolved favorably by denial of the petition in the case U.S. ex reL Mistick Pbt and Mistick Pbt v. Housing Auth. Of the City of Pittsburgh, et al., 186 F.3d 376 (3rd Cir.).

Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

UPDATE: On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Hickton reported assets valued at $9.8 million, mostly from securities and real estate, and $1.4 million in liabilities, mostly from mortgages, for a net worth of $8.4 million.

On his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure  Hickton reported that he received $43,000 from Burns, White & Hickton LLC, a $2,400 stipend from Duquesne University and $40,000 in interest payments from a notein 2009 and the first few months of 2010.


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