Kerra Hicks Headshot
Education
  • Cumberland School of Law
    J.D., 2013, magna cum laude; Cumberland Law Review, Editorial Board, Student Materials Editor; Scholar of Merit (three-time recipient); Dean's Merit Scholar; Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow; Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board; National Moot Court Team; Defense Research Institute, President; Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity; Women in Law
  • Samford University
    B.A., 2008, Student Government Leader, Zeta Tau Alpha
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 2013
About Kerra
Q&A
  • What legal challenges are you looking forward to tackling in the future?

    When I started practicing I was appalled by the reality of discovery. Discovery, largely as a result of electronic discovery, has become an expensive and burdensome process that, in many cases, hinders litigation and causes cases to settle out of frustration as opposed to settling as a result of an evaluation of the merits. I am determined to develop ways to make discovery what it is actually meant to be - a tool. From electronic databases to targeted collections, productions, and searches, I attempt to minimize the negative effects of electronic discovery while maximizing the associated benefits.

  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?
  • What do you find most exciting about your work?
MORE ABOUT Kerra
  • Nuclear construction litigation: Represent utility client in multi-billion dollar construction litigation related to the design and construction of the first nuclear power plant to be built in the United States in over 30 years (managed electronic discovery and production processes; participated in the taking and defending of over 70 depositions; served as primary coordinator with entitlements expert and worked on preparation of expert reports and expert depositions). (2012-2015)
  • Construction contract disputes: 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. (2013-2016)
  • Property damage litigation: 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.
  • Property damage litigation: Represented a leading-utility in the defense of multiple mine-subsidence cases and obtained voluntary dismissals by the plaintiffs. (2013-2014)
      Education
      • Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 2013, magna cum laude; Cumberland Law Review, Editorial Board, Student Materials Editor; Scholar of Merit (three-time recipient); Dean's Merit Scholar; Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow; Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board; National Moot Court Team; Defense Research Institute, President; Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity; Women in Law
      • Samford University, B.A., 2008, Student Government Leader, Zeta Tau Alpha
      Courts
      • Supreme Court of Alabama, 2013
      • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2013
      • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 2013
      • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 2013
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2013
      Bar Admissions
      • Alabama, 2013
      Professional Affiliations
      • American Bar Association Construction Forum
      • Alabama State Bar
      • Birmingham Bar Association
      • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
      • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
      • Samford University Alumni Association
      Community Involvement
      • Preschool Partners, Junior Executive Board Member
      • OnBoard Birmingham, Selected Participant, 2014-2015