as the Assistant Chief of the Gang Prosecution and Major
Narcotics Units. Hickey was the first San Diego prosecutor
to use state wiretaps in gang murder investigations and is
most widely known for the successful prosecution of the
notorious Dr. J’s murders in Southeast San Diego where
two women were killed and a seven year old boy was
Among his awards for investigations and prosecutions are the 2011 San Diego
County Prosecutor of the Year, 2006 San Diego Prosecutor’s Outstanding
Achievement Award, and a Commendation by the FBI Director. While a DDA,
he was also twice elected by his peers to be President of the San Diego County
Deputy District Attorneys Association representing and leading more than
Hickey also has a strong background in civil litigation. He was the Senior Associate
in the San Diego office of the national law firm McKenna Cuneo, now Dentons.
There, he was appointed by the Federal Court as Receiver’s Counsel to recover
$330 million in assets for victims in a ponzi scheme. While in private practice
he developed the successful litigation strategy which brought an end to the
obstructionist law suits that had left Petco Park rusting and only 25% complete.
In developing that strategy, he analyzed 13 lawsuits brought against the
Qualcomm Stadium Expansion, Convention Center Expansion and Petco Park,
gaining insight and definitive thoughts on how to fix a flawed system.
Robert Hickey III is the son of Rear Admiral Robert Hickey II (Ret.) and Marilyn
Hickey of Rancho Bernardo. As the son of a Navy Fighter Pilot he moved often but
always returned to the San Diego, where he has lived for almost 40 years. Hickey
graduated from Poway High School in 1986, the University of California, San Diego
in 1990, and the University of San Diego, School of Law in 1994. Hickey has been
married to his wife for 20 years and they live in Point Loma with their two children.
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