Skyler Hicks is an associate in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm’s San Francisco office. He is a lead associate of the firm’s Sports Law Industry Group.
Areas of Practice
Skyler represents clients in civil litigation and copyright and trademark disputes. He also handles pro bono matters involving First Amendment issues and assists with asylum applications.
Professional and Educational Background
While born and raised in San Francisco, Skyler studied government at Harvard College and interned for Nancy Pelosi in Washington, D.C.
Skyler’s career has been marked by a passion for entertainment and sports. Prior to law school, Skyler spent his free time writing short stories, coaching high school tennis, and he even spent time on the Tibetan Plateau training a team of former nomadic herders who now compete in basketball tournaments throughout China.
During law school, Skyler interned at the Sundance Institute and for USC’s Office of Athletic Compliance. In addition, Skyler published a paper in the USC Entertainment Law Journal, and wrote a separate journal note on why the NCAA would eventually be forced to adopt a nationwide rule permitting student-athletes to generate name, image, and likeness (NIL) revenue.
Outside of entertainment and sports, Skyler also interned at the ACLU, externed for the Honorable Michael J. Fitzgerald, and successfully mediated dozens of disputes in Los Angeles Superior Court as part of USC’s Mediation Clinic.
When not working, Skyler can be found on his bicycle, watching the Warriors, or writing articles on legal issues in the sports industry.
- Wolters Kluwer’s The Licensing Journal, 03.2022
- Sports Litigation Alert, 03.25.2022
- Competition Policy International, 02.28.2022
- Food Manufacturing, 01.05.2022
- High Court's Foreign Discovery Question, Take 2Law360, 12.21.2021
Antitrust Law Blog
- "Looking Ahead to Tougher Merger Guidelines and Enforcement," February 3, 2022
Cannabis Law Blog Posts
- "Cannabis Legislation Year-in-Review," January 3, 2022
Corporate and Securities Law Blog Posts
- "Looking Ahead to Tougher Merger Guidelines and Enforcement," February 4, 2022
Entertainment Law Blog Posts
- "Navigating the Sports Biometrics Boom," March 10, 2022
- "What Brands Can Expect from College Sports’ Ever Evolving NIL Landscape," January 19, 2022
Game Counsel Blog Posts
- "Blockchain Game Developers and FinCEN: When are State Money Transmission Laws Applicable?" October 3, 2022
- "What the Future Holds for Esports Gambling," March 30, 2022
International Arbitration Law Blog Posts
- Speaker, "Sports, Biometrics & the Law," Lawline, August 23, 2022
- Speaker, "Legal Issues with Biometric Technology: Employer, real estate, and sports related uses of facial, voice, fingerprint and biometric data," myLawCLE & Federal Bar Association, May 5, 2022