Javoyne Hicks is an accomplished litigator with 18 years of experience as a former prosecutor. Having tried over 100 cases, Javoyne is highly skilled at evaluating the merits of a case, narrowing the issues into key pivotal points, and advising clients on the probability of successful outcomes. Clients rely on Javoyne’s extensive knowledge of the litigation process, her ability to assess risk, and her expertise in developing innovative strategies that resolve complex problems efficiently.
Over the course of her career, Javoyne has conducted more than 75 internal investigations. This in-depth experience, combined with her exceptional listening and interpersonal skills, enable Javoyne to connect with witnesses and establish the trust and rapport that is often necessary to uncover the facts in a case, particularly when the subject matter is sensitive in nature.
A seasoned leader and manager herself, Javoyne served as Chief of Staff of the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 under the Obama Administration and as Acting District Attorney for DeKalb County, Georgia and as Clerk of Court for the DeKalb County State and Magistrates Courts. She has managed hundreds of employees and is acutely familiar with the myriad of employment issues that arise when overseeing large and varied workforces. Javoyne is well versed in the rules, regulations, and continually changing guidelines that inform employment decisions.
Employers value working with Javoyne and rely on her deep understanding and firsthand experience of the challenges they face in today’s world. Javoyne counsels clients in the development of proactive and preventative measures that can be taken to ensure safe and inclusive working environments. She also works closely with clients in the development of office policies and best practices.
“Power of Self Care”, Presentation, Professional Development Academy, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
“Suicide Awareness Program”, Presenter, The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism
“Health Is Wealth”, Presenter, the Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys, Inc.
“Towers to Trenches, Promoting Attorney Well-Being: Mindfulness and Other Initiatives of the State Bar of Georgia”, Presenter, Georgia State University College of Law
“Wellness for Lawyers: Why We Need It and How We Get It”, Presenter, State Bar of Georgia Annual Meeting
“Strategies and Training to Advance Greater Elder ‘Stages’ Pilot Institute, Futures Without Violence”, Facilitator, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)
The S Work Film Screening Panel, C2021 Annual Training Conference, Council of Accountability Court Judges(CAJC)
Wellness and Practical Skills Continuing Legal Education 12 hour Seminar, Developer, Attorney Wellness Committee, State Bar Georgia
Stepping Away to Step Forward, Georgia Lawyers Experience Wellness in Carefree, Arizona (April 2019) Georgia Bar Journal
Executive Committee, State Bar of Georgia’s Board of Governors
Chair, Attorney Wellness Committee, State Bar of Georgia
Member, Advisory Committee on Legislation, State Bar of Georgia
Member, Programs Committee, State Bar of Georgia
Member, Lawyers Assistance Program, State Bar of Georgia
Member, Suicide Awareness and Prevention Committee, State Bar of Georgia
Former Chair of Advisory Committee on Legislation, State Bar of Georgia
Former Chair of Committee Promoting Inclusion in the Profession, State Bar of Georgia
Member, Disciplinary Rules and Procedures Committee, State Bar of Georgia
Former Associate Magistrate, Magistrate Court of DeKalb County
Member, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
Past Executive Committee Member, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
Past President, DeKalb Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, American Inns of Court (Cooper Inn)
Past Member, National Association of Court Administrators
Past Member, National Forum of Black Public Administrators
Past Member, Atlanta Legal Diversity Consortium
Graduate, Leadership Georgia
Past Board of Trustees Member, Leadership Georgia
Graduate, Leadership Atlanta
Graduate, Leadership DeKalb
Volunteer, Stewart Foundation
Javoyne helped develop the State Bar of Georgia's first Wellness and Practical Skills 12-hour Continuing Legal Education Seminar and adapted the 2nd Annual Wellness CLE to a six-hour virtual event during COVID.
Discrimination & Harassment Claims
Complex Commercial Litigation
Labor & Employment
School of Law
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Barbara A. Harris Award of Service to the Community, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (2009)
Bert Hummel Profile in Courage Award (2021)