Johanna M. Hickman is an Of Counsel at the firm, and is a member of the Public Client practice group. In this position, Ms. Hickman represents state Attorneys General and other public-sector clients in investigations and lawsuits involving health care fraud and other fraudulent and deceptive trade practices. Previously, she assisted in litigation by a state attorney general regarding the robo-signing of mortgage foreclosure documents. In addition, she has worked on a number of confidential investigations.
Currently Ms. Hickman is representing public clients in the following high-profile matters:
- Nursing Homes: Representing attorneys general in investigations and litigation related to deceptive marketing by several nursing home chains that promised, but failed to provide, basic care to their elderly residents. She is involved in all aspects of the investigations and litigation, including conducting and analyzing the results of investigations, developing legal theories, conducting fact and expert discovery and writing briefs.
Ms. Hickman serves on the adjunct faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches a course in advanced legal writing and practice. Prior to joining Cohen Milstein in 2013, Ms. Hickman practiced at a leading defendants’ firm, where she advised clients regarding environmental and toxic tort liability, negotiated the environmental aspects of corporate transactions, and represented clients in complex insurance coverage litigation. Prior to that, Ms. Hickman clerked for two years for the Honorable James I. Cohn of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
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. She served as a Law Fellow, a Global Teaching Fellow, and a Staff Member and Symposium Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. As a member of Georgetown’s Barristers’ Council, she was a finalist in Georgetown's 35th Annual Leahy Moot Court Competition, and her team won the Award for Best Brief Overall at the 2005 Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.