*Kerra Killingsworth Hicks is not licensed to practice law in the state of Georgia. She is supervised by an attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia.  

Kerra focuses her practice on products liability, mass torts and commercial litigation.  She has significant experience litigating construction disputes among owners, contractors, and subcontractors in a variety of market segments. Her experience includes representing one of the nation's top utility companies in a multi-billion dollar dispute regarding its construction of the first new nuclear power plant in the United States in over 30 years. 

In addition to litigating construction-related disputes, Kerra works on front-end claims avoidance in the form of negotiating and drafting agreements, contract administration, and project execution. Kerra also frequently represents electric utility companies in property damage and personal injury claims, including pre-suit investigations.

Kerra is experienced in the realm of electronic discovery and discovery process management. As a result of her participation in multiple large-scale, high-stakes matters, involving massive amounts of data, custodians, and parties, Kerra has honed her ability to proactively utilize electronic data as a discovery tool for her clients.

Presentations

  • Professional Ethics and the Standard of Care in Hurricane Damage Investigations, Invited Panelist, American Society of Civil Engineers Forensic Engineering Congress, Miami, FL, 2015
  • The Role of the Expert Witness in Construction Litigation, Guest Lecturer, New York University, 2015

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Member, 2013-present
  • Alabama State Bar, Member, 2013-present
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Member, 2013-present
  • Defense Research Institute, Member, 2013-present
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Member, 2013-present
  • Samford University Alumni Association, Birmingham Chapter
Experience

Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Represented utility client in multi-billing construction litigation related to the design and construction of the first nuclear power plant to be built in the US in over 30 years, including managing electronic discovery, defending over 70 depositions, and serving as primary coordinator with the entitlements expert.
  • Obtained favorable settlements for one of the nation's top student housing developers in disputes related to the construction of a student housing development in Boone, North Carolina. 
  • Represented a leading utility by assisting in obtaining summary judgment in favor of client based on the plaintiff's inability to prove the origin of the fire that caused the damage.
  • Represented a leading utility in the defense of multiple mine-subsidence cases and obtained voluntary dismissals by the plaintiffs. 
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Bar admissions

2013, Alabama

Admitted to practice before:

  • Supreme Court of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama 
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama 
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama 
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Education

  • J.D., 2013, Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
    • magna cum laude
    • Cumberland Law Review, Editorial Board
    • National Moot Court Team
    • Defense Research Institute, President
  • B.A., 2008, Samford University
    • Student Government Association
    • Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority
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