Franklin J. Hickman

Franklin J. Hickman: Attorney with Hickman & Lowder Co., L.P.A.
  • Principal at Hickman & Lowder Co., L.P.A. (7 Attorneys)
  • 1300 East 9th Street, Suite 1020, Cleveland, OH 44114-1514
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  • Attorney Franklin J. Hickman has focused his career on legal issues affecting persons with mental disabilities since his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1973, where he received the Wiley C. Rutledge Memorial Award.

    Frank's first major case established the right of indigent persons in Ohio to have legal counsel provided at public expense at their civil commitment proceedings.

    During his nine years as a member of the Law Reform Unit of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Frank brought numerous successful class actions establishing and defining the treatment rights of patients in psychiatric hospitals and state institutions for the mentally retarded, and of inmates with psychiatric problems. He was founder and director of the Cleveland Bar advocacy project which sponsored education programs for the private bar and conducted extensive advocacy work in the establishment of group homes.

    Since going into private practice in 1981, Frank has focused his practice on families with members who are mentally and/or physically impaired as well as the agencies and county boards throughout the state which provide services to persons with mental illness or mental retardation or substance abuse problems.

    He has represented families in special education cases since 1975 in negotiations, mediations, due process proceedings and cases in all courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He spends a major part of his practice on cases under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which defines and protects rights of children who need special education.

    Frank is on the faculty of the medical and law schools at Case Western Reserve University where he teaches a course on law and psychiatry. He has presented over 1,500 local, regional, and national seminars and workshops on legal issues relating to mental disability.
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Recipient, 1994 John Minor Wisdom Award for Public Service and Professionalism from ABA Litigation Section. Author: "To Stay Home: Analysis of Rights and Recommendations on Procedures for Persons Receiving Mental Health Service in the Community," 7 Journal of Law and Health (Cleveland Marshall) 219, 1993; "Right to Refuse Psychotropic Medication," 6 MDLR 122 (1982); "Civil Commitment of Mentally Ill," Merrick, Rippner, Ohio Probate Law: Practice and Procedure; "Adult Protective Services," Merrick, Rippner, Ohio Probate Law: Practice and Procedure; Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry and Law, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University, 1978—; Adjunct Faculty, School of Law, Case Western Reserve University, 1988—. Lecturer in Law, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, 1978-1986. Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, 1973-1982. Member and Officer, Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, 1983-1987.

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Public Law
  • Mental Disability Law
  • Disabled Rights
  • Special Education Law
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Mental Health Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
216-206-6411  Phone
216-861-0360  Phone
University Attended:
Catholic University of America, B.A., summa cum laude, 1969; Catholic University of America, M.A., 1970
Law School Attended:
University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1973
Year of First Admission:
1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1974, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; 2003, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio; 1973, Ohio; 1992, U.S. Supreme Court
American, Ohio State and Cleveland Metro Bar Associations.
Reported Cases:
Rone v. Fireman, 473 F. Supp. 92, N.D. Ohio, 1979; Levine v. Torvik, 986 F.2d 1506, 6th Cir., 1993; Knable v. Bexley City School Dist., 238 F.3d 755 (6th Cir. 2001); CMHS v MHRB 395 F. Supp. 2d 644, Aff'd 2005 U.S. App. Lexis 19940 (6th Cir.).
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