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William is a graduate of Brigham Young University, receiving his J.D., cum laude, in 1985 and his B.A. in American Studies in 1982. He clerked for the Honorable Ricardo Hinojosa, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas.

A native of Washington, William returned to the Seattle area in 1987, and worked as an associate attorney at the law firms of Karr Tuttle Campbell (1987 – 1991) and Short Cressman and Burgess (1991 – 1992). He opened his own law office in 1993, where he practiced for twelve years. In 2005, he joined forces with Jacob Menashe to form Hickman Menashe, P.S.

William is a past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association and a member of Washington State’s chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He speaks regularly to community and service groups, such as the United Way, helping to educate people about estate planning, special needs trusts and other legal issues.

William is active in his church and community, where he works with the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.


  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah
    • J.D. (Cum Laude) – 1985; Bar Admission Washington, 1987; U.S. Federal Court, 1987
  • Brigham Young University
    • B.A. – 1982

Recent Lectures, Presentations, and Publications

  • Eligibility Issues, Long term Care Benefits Under the Medicaid, Medicare and VA Programs, Washington State Bar Association Long Term Care: Strategies and Solutions Seminar, 2005
  • Medicaid Overview: Fundamentals of New Medicaid Changes, Washington State Bar Association The New Essentials for Practicing Elder Law Seminar, 2004
  • Medicaid Planning for Couples in Second Marriages, Washington State Bar Association 2002 Annual Elder Law Meeting and CLE, 2002
  • Eligibility Issues for Long term Care Benefits Under the Medicare and VA Programs and Medicaid Estate Recovery, National Business Institute, 2008
  • Estate Recovery, King County Bar Association Medicaid Bootcamp, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Past Chair
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • King County Bar Association
  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • Snohomish County Estate Planning Council
  • Academy of Special Needs Trust Planners
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Ricardo Hinojosa, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas, Clerk, 1985 – 1987
  • Karr Tuttle Campbell, Associate Attorney, 1987 – 1991
  • Short Cressman and Burgess, Associate Attorney, 1991 – 1992
  • William S. Hickman, P.S., 1993 – 2005


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