Pitt Law Alumnus David Hickton Named The Legal Intelligencer's Attorney of the Year
U.S. Attorney David Hickton, ’81, of the Western District of Pennsylvania was announced Tuesday night as The Legal Intelligencer's 2016 Attorney of the Year.
In the nearly six years since he was sworn into office, Hickton has risen to national prominence as a tireless advocate for fighting cybercrime and working to stem the heroin and opioid epidemic both in Pennsylvania and across the country. His efforts culminated last year with his being named by the White House as co-chair of the National Heroin Task Force as well as seeing his year-and-a-half-long effort to fight international hackers lead to charges filed against 70 people worldwide allegedly using an online cybercrime forum to facilitate wire fraud and money laundering. As U.S. attorney, Hickton positioned his office to be near the forefront for prosecuting cybercrimes, creating a section for national security and cybercrime shortly after he took office in 2010.
As Mark Nordenberg, the chancellor emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh who has worked closely with Hickton, his former student, put it: "We are really very lucky to be able to claim him as a Pennsylvania lawyer and certainly to claim him as the U.S. attorney here in the Western District."