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Josephine H. Hicks


Josephine Hicks is a trial lawyer with 25 years’ experience in litigating disputes for a wide range of clients, including public utilities, manufacturers and distributors, chemical companies, and other businesses. She regularly advises clients on issues that include insurance coverage, contract disputes, unfair trade practices, condemnation matters, product liability, and other commercial disputes.

She also serves as the Church Attorney for The Episcopal Church, and she handles investigations and ecclesiastical disciplinary proceedings under the Canons for The Episcopal Church.

Josephine brings a wealth of experience to each matter, helping clients navigate litigation disputes, garnering and evaluating the facts, and making strong legal arguments to get the best possible results – whether that be a quick dismissal, a favorable settlement, or victory at trial. She has experience in North Carolina state and federal courts; the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as well as in arbitration proceedings.

Josephine served as law clerk to the Honorable Harry W. Wellford of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1986-87. While at Vanderbilt University School of Law, she was the senior student writing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.

Outside of work, Josephine is an award-winning author. She won a national gold medal in the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards contest, commonly called the IPPY Awards, for If There’s Anything I Can Do: What You Can Do When Serious Illness Strikes. The book details lessons Josephine and her late partner learned after her partner was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers for 2016
  • 0 Parker Poe Attorneys Named 2015 NC Super Lawyers

Representative Experience

  • Represented a public utility in private condemnation matters.
  • Represented a business in a multimillion-dollar commercial dispute involving fraud, defamation, unfair trade practices, and breach of contract claims.
  • Advised policy holders and insurance companies on insurance coverage issues, including disputes over coverage for environmental claims, construction disputes, toxic tort claims, directors and officers liability, theft and embezzlement, unfair trade practices claims, employment claims, general liability claims, and “stop loss” insurance for health benefit plans.
  • Achieved a favorable multimillion-dollar settlement on the eve of arbitration in a UCC/contract dispute.
  • Successfully defended a municipality concerning a dispute over premiums allegedly owed to a workers’ compensation self-insurance fund, negotiating a dismissal for a nominal settlement.
  • Successfully defended a coatings manufacturer against breach of warranty claims in a construction defect case, achieving a favorable settlement after discovery.
  • Achieved a favorable settlement for the policy holder in a federal court case seeking insurance coverage for underlying toxic tort claims.
  • Secured coverage with minimal litigation for a policy holder in an insurance coverage dispute arising from underlying claims seeking over $20 million in damages.
  • Represented a manufacturer seeking insurance coverage for environmental liabilities involving over 90 sites across the U.S. that were seeking coverage from dozens of insurance companies under policies spanning more than 40 years of coverage. Favorable settlements were secured before trial.
  • Successfully defended a number of industrial-premises owners in defending claims arising from catastrophic accidents causing deaths and serious injuries.

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Insurance Law, 2007-2018; Product Liability Litigation: Defendants, 2011-2018; Commercial Litigation, 2012-2018
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers in Personal Injury Defense: General, 2011-2015; Business Litigation, 2011-2017
  • American Lawyer magazine 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Commercial Litigation; Insurance Coverage; Antitrust & Business Torts; Products Liability; Tort Defense
  • Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite” in Litigation, 2008
  • Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, 2001


  • North Carolina Bar Association, Insurance Law Section, Immediate Past Chair
  • Kanuga Camp & Conference Center, Board of Trustees, 2016-2022
  • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Diversity Officers Roundtable Member, 2010-present
  • Episcopal Evangelism Society, Chair
  • Episcopal Church, Episcopal Relief & Development Board, 2010-2016
  • Augustine Project for Literacy, Board of Directors, 2013-2016
  • Anglican Consultative Council, Lay representative from the United States, 2005-2012
  • Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Diversity Committee Member, 2007-present; Chair, 2007-2013