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Frederick L. "Rick" Hitchcock


Rick Hitchcock has broad litigation experience, representing clients in a variety of industries on a wide range of issues.  He advises and represents clients in environmental matters, business planning, technology issues, transactions, and trial and appellate litigation. He regularly works with startup businesses on formation, governance and financing issues.

Rick has represented clients in significant environmental matters before administrative agencies, regional EPA offices, and state and federal courts. He has successfully handled a number of appellate cases, including a leading case on the lender exception to liability under the federal Superfund law. He has served as special counsel to local governments on contract, franchise, and constitutional issues and represents electric and telecommunications utilities in strategic business planning and operational issues. As counsel to the charter study commission of the City of Chattanooga, he served as a principal drafter of a charter framework that was implemented in 1990. Rick regularly counsels public agencies on public records act issues and has represented clients in key cases defining the scope of the Tennessee Public Records Act.

In addition, Rick is involved in a variety of community activities. He helped lead successful voter initiatives to combine local schools and to provide financial resources to support public education. Moreover, he has been actively involved in the revitalization of downtown Chattanooga, and he helps head the Chattanooga Gig Initiative, promoting broad use of the city’s Gig Fiber system.


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J.D., The University of Tennessee College of Law, Member, Tennessee Law Review; Order of the Coif, 1977
B.A., The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 1973


Tennessee, 1978
U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, 1985
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1978