Johanna M. Hickman is of counsel at Cohen Milstein where she is a member of the Public Client practice and serves as co-chair of the Hiring and Diversity Committee.
Ms. Hickman represents state attorneys general and other public-sector clients in investigations and lawsuits involving violations of consumer protection laws, health care fraud, and other unfair or deceptive trade practices.
Ms. Hickman’s recent representations include:
- Grubhub and DoorDash Litigation: Representing the City of Chicago in its enforcement actions against Grubhub and DoorDash for violations of the City's consumer protection laws. These cases allege widespread deceptive and unfair business practices impacting local restaurants, consumers, and drivers. Click here to view the lawsuit filed against DoorDash; click here to view the lawsuit filed against Grubhub.
- Uber Eats, Postmates Investigation: Represented the City of Chicago in its investigation into UberEats and Postmates for allegedly listing Chicago restaurants on their platforms without the eateries' consent, for violating the City's emergency fee cap ordinance during the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other false advertising-related misconduct. On December 5, 2022, the City announced a $10 million settlement.
- Opioid Litigation: Representing the states of Indiana, New Jersey and Vermont in investigations and litigation against entities responsible for the deceptive marketing and sale of opioids. Publicly filed enforcement actions in these matters included Indiana's actions against Purdue, the Sackler family, and pharmaceutical distributors Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen; New Jersey's actions against Purdue, the Sackler family, and Janssen; and Vermont's actions against Purdue, the Sackler family, and distributors Cardinal and McKesson. A $26 billion nationwide settlement of litigation against the distributors and Janssen was finalized in 2022. A nationwide settlement in principle with Purdue and the Sackler family, valued at more than $6 billion, remains pending in bankruptcy proceedings.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein in 2013, Ms. Hickman practiced at a leading defense firm, where she advised clients regarding environmental, health, and safety matters and in related complex insurance coverage litigation. Her civil defense and corporate advisory experience add to Ms. Hickman's deep and balanced litigation and client counseling skillsets.
Ms. Hickman graduated with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication. Ms. Hickman earned her J.D., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as a Law Fellow, a Global Teaching Fellow, a Staff Member and Symposium Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, and a member of the Barristers’ Council. Since 2013, Ms. Hickman has served on the adjunct faculty at Georgetown Law, where she teaches a course in advanced legal writing and practice.