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Maxine Hicks

Maxine Hicks

Retired Partner



Maxine Hicks focuses her practice on real estate development with a particular emphasis on large mixed-use, transit-oriented developments, including destinations for stadiums, entertainment, hospitality, club and resort projects. She represents clients on a wide range of matters related to real estate, transportation, construction, infrastructure development, redevelopment and public incentives.

Maxine also advises developers, owners and healthcare providers on real estate issues associated with medical office buildings, ambulatory surgery centers, long-term acute care hospitals and hospital campus projects.

Maxine has extensive experience in real property acquisition, development and leasing; planned communities; distressed assets; state and federal regulation of real property; mixed-use community governance; and public-private partnerships. She regularly counsels developers on legal issues related to builder programs; land sales regulation; condominium and homeowner associations; and stadium, hotel, spa, ski, marina and golf course developments. She also assists clients with site selection, incentive agreements, zoning compliance, contract negotiation, acquisition, construction, property management and lease negotiations.

Bar admissionsGeorgia
  • J.D., Georgia State University College of Law 1987
  • B.B.A., West Georgia College 1981


  • Chambers USA
    • Band 1, Georgia Real Estate (2018-2023)
    • Band 2, Georgia Real Estate (2013-2017)
    • Band 3, Georgia Real Estate (2012)
  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Recommended, Land Use / Zoning (2017, 2020)
    • Recommended, Real Estate (2015, 2018-2019)
    • Recommended, Construction (Including Construction Litigation) (2016-2017)
  • Named a Law360 MVP (December 2017)
  • Named a Georgia Super Lawyer
  • Identified as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia
  • Real Estate Forum named Maxine Hicks to its Women of Influence list (2017)
  • Named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle's list of Who's Who in the legal community (September 2010)

Insight Overview

Maxine is a noted author and lecturer on issues relating to master-planned communities and has been invited to speak before several highly esteemed professional organizations. Among these are:

  • Urban Land Institute
  • American Bar Association Real Property Section
  • American Resort Development Association
  • Community Association Institute
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Health Care Financial Management Association


Media Mentions

Media Mentions

Additional Accreditation

Maxine is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Georgia.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Urban Land Institute, Community Development Council, Executive Committee for the Atlanta District Council
  • American Bar Association, Past Chair and Vice-Chair, Land Sales Regulation Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), Executive Committee and Board of Directors
  • National Land Council
  • Board Member, Atlanta's Park over Ga400
  • Atlanta History Center
  • Buckhead Coalition, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
  • Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Georgia State University Real Estate Honorary Board
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • State Bar of Georgia, Real Property Law and Taxation Section
  • Member of the Law360 2020 Construction Editorial Advisory Board