Diane N. Hickey is Counsel in Riker Danzig’s Government Affairs and Public Utilities Groups. Her practice encompasses all aspects of municipal government, public contracting, highway access and land use law. Diane regularly assists private and public clients in navigating the Open Public Meeting Act, Open Public Records Act, Local Public Contracts Law and the requirements of Title 40 and 40A. She also has considerable experience dealing with local finance and public employment related issues and in preparing and presenting site plan and variance application to municipal land use boards.
Diane earned her law degree from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 2009, where she served as Notes and Comments Editor of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, was the Faculty and Student Organization Liaison to the Women’s Law Forum and was a member of the International Law Society. She earned her undergraduate degree with highest honors from Rutgers College, Rutgers University in 2006 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta and Pi Sigma Alpha as well as an Eagleton Institute of Politics undergraduate associate.
Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, has included Diane on its “Ones to Watch” list in the field of Land Use and Zoning Law for 2021. The “Ones to Watch” awards are recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. Diane was named to Morris/Essex Health & Life magazine’s “Top Lawyer” list for 2020 for her Government and Administrative work and in 2019 for her work in Land Use and Governmental Affairs. Attorneys were selected for inclusion on the list by an online peer-voting process. The top vote-getters in selected areas were included on this list. Thomson Reuters has included Diane on the New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list for Government Law every year since 2012. See Awards and Honors Methodology.
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