Jonathan S. Hickey

Jonathan S. Hickey

Jonathan S. Hickey is a founding member of the law firm of Burden, Gulisano & Hickey, LLC.  He is a trial attorney who focuses his practice defending catastrophic personal injury cases in the areas of trucking and transportation negligence, products liability, premises liability and labor law accidents as well as handling a wide-variety of commercial litigation matters.


Mr. Hickey is committed to understanding the industry of the clients he represents and he knows the value of providing prompt and efficient service to them. Mr. Hickey is also available at a moment's notice to protect his clients as a member of the firm's Emergency Response Team which is a team of attorneys, field adjusters, accident reconstruction experts and other professionals available on a 24/7 basis to represent trucking and transportation industry clients whose vehicles have been involved in accidents across New York State.



  • State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2001
    • Member of the Senior Board of Directors for the Desmond Moot Court Board
    • Senior member of the Buffalo Criminal Law Review
  • St. Bonaventure University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1997 

  • Graduate of the Defense Trial Academy, conducted by the International Association of Defense Counsel at Stanford University, 2005

Practice Areas:


  • Products Liability 
  • Trucking and Transportation Negligence 
  • Premises Liability 
  • Labor Law 
  • Commercial Litigation 

Admitted to Practice:


  • New York - All State Courts 
  • Pennsylvania - All State Courts

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court, Western District of New York
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York Pro Hac Vice
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York

Professional Affiliations:


  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)         
    •   Products Liability Committee             
             -   Vice Chair, Fire Science & Litigation SLG 
             -   Past Chair, Marketing for Fire Science & Litigation SLG 
    •   Trial Tactics Committee
             -   Chair, The Voice
             -   Past Vice Chair, Webinars
             -   Past Chair, Publications
             -   Past Vice Chair, Publications
    •   Trucking Law Committee
  • New York State Bar Association         
    •   Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section  
    •   Municipal Law Section 
  • Erie County Bar Association         
    •   Negligence Committee 
  • Themis Advocates Group
  • National Association of Elevator Contractors 
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) 
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
  • Western New York Defense Trial Lawyers Association 
  • Transportation Lawyers Association (T.L.A.) 
  • Canadian Transportation Lawyers Association (C.T.L.A.)
  • Insurance Club of Buffalo, Inc. 
  • Buffalo Claims Association 
  • Desmond Inn of Court 
  • UB Law Alumni Association 

Civic Activities:


  • Town of Clarence, New York - Town Prosecutor
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc., representing low-income clients on a pro bono basis 
  • St. Bonaventure University, Member Gaudete Award Committee 
  • Session Member (Elder), Clarence Presbyterian Church      
    • Chair, Stewardship 2013-2014
    • Financial Resource Team
  • Volunteer for St. Bonaventure University's Buffalo Alumni Chapter, including assisting in the dining room at the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Buffalo, NY 
  • Formerly, Town of Clarence, New York - Zoning Board of Appeals (2012-2013)
  • Formerly, Erie County Reapportionment Committee (2011) 
  • Formerly, UB Law Alumni GOLD Group Board of Directors Member (2009-2011) 
  • Formerly, Lawyers for Learning, tutoring Buffalo City School students (2008-2010) 
  • Formerly, Town Environmental Quality Review Committee Member, Clarence, New York (2007 - 2010) 



  • Co-lecturer, Conflicts of Interest - Ethics, Themis Advocates Group, Miami, Florida Annual Meeting, January 2014
  • Working With Expert Witnesses, National Business Institute, October 2012 
  • Lecturer, Building Your Civil Trial Skills, National Business Institute, 2011, 2010 
  • Lecturer, Investigating A Catastrophic Loss, Arkansas Trucking Seminar, September 2009
  • The Graves Amendment: Preemption Legislation Creates a Cap on Liability, For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, co-author, January 2009 
  • Lecturer, Winning Your First Civil Trial, National Business Institute, 2009 
  • Lecturer, Keys to Successful Pre-Trial Preparation, National Business Institute, 2009
  • Lecturer, Find It Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web, National Business Institute, 2009, 2008, 2007 
  • The U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border Trucking Program, For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, co-author, January 2008
  • Lecturer, Insurance Coverage Litigation - Bad Faith Litigation, To Settle or Not To Settle, That is the Question, National Business Institute, 2008 
  • Lecturer, Discovery Strategy: Finding The Smoking Gun, National Business Institute, June 2008
  • A Growing Concern in the Trucking Industry: Highway Congestion, In Transit, Defense Research Institute, Trucking Law Committee, Fall 2007 
  • Panel Groups, Trial Simulations and Selecting a Products Liability Jury, American Bar Association, Products Liability Litigation Committee, co-author, October 2007
  • Shortage of Long-Haul Drivers Continues to Impact Trucking Industry Litigation, American Bar Association, Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee, co-author, Summer 2007 
  • Developing Technology's Impact on the Industry, For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, co-author, June 2007 
  • Lecturer, Motion Law in New York: From Basic To Advanced Procedures, Lorman Education Series, 2006 
  • Biomechanical Engineering Testimony: Legitimate Expert Analysis or Junk Science? For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, co-author, February 2005 



  • Business First of Buffalo's, Who's Who in Law 
  • Erie County Bar Association, Leadership Institute