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Eric Grant


Eric Grant is an experienced member of the senior counsel at Hicks Thomas LLP who relishes verbal combat. With 24 years of experience, Grant has argued cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, California Supreme Court and Florida Supreme Court. He has also served as a law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court. His experience ranges from associate and staff attorney to attorney-advisor at the office of legal counsel in the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Grant is a certified specialist in appellate law and has been working with Hicks Thomas LLP for five years.


  • University of California, Berkeley (A.B., 1986: J.D., 1990)
  • Judicial Clerkship under Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Judicial Clerkship under Hon. Warren E. Burger (ret), Supreme Court of the United States
  • Judicial Clerkship under Hon. Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Texas
  • The District of Columbia

Honors and Distinctions

  • Certified Specialist in Appellate Law (as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Master, Schwartz/Levi American Inn of Court (UC Davis)
  • American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts and Constitutional Law
  • Author of scholarly articles on constitutional law that have appeared in the following:
    • Northwestern University Law Review, in Constitutional Commentary
    • The Heritage Guide to the Constitution

Practice Emphasis

Appellate Law; Environmental Law & Land Use; Civil Rights; Campaigns and Elections; Religious Liberties.

Notable Representation

Environmental Litigation (2006 – present)

Grant has held the principle responsibility for drafting motions and briefs. He has successfully defended against numerous CERCLA, RCRA, product liability and various other contamination-related claims in federal and California courts at both trial and appellate level. He has drafted a successful petition for certiorari and argued for the petitioner. Grant has won unanimous decisions in California Supreme Court that established the right of ratepayers to lower (by means of voter initiate) the utility rate charged by public agencies.

Published Cases

  • Team Enterprises, LLC v. Western Investment Real Estate Trust, 647 F.3d 901 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • Hinds Investments, L.P. v. Angioli, 654 F.3d 846 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • John Doe v. Kamehameha Schools, 470 F.3d 827 (9th Cir. 2006) (en banc), cert. dismissed, 550 U.S. 931 (2007)
  • Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency v. Verjil, 39 Cal. 4th 205, 138 P.3d 220 (2006):

Eric Grant
Senior Counsel
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