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Sye T. Hickey

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Sye T. Hickey focuses on complex business litigation for the financial services industry and also represents clients in matters involving product liability disputes, insurance, and government and internal investigations.

Featured Experience

Litigated and obtained successful outcomes and resolutions for a Fortune 500 financial services client in multiple FINRA arbitrations.

Successfully represented a Fortune 50 financial services client in a dispute involving claims for fraud, misrepresentation, and violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.

Obtained dismissal in federal court on behalf of a Fortune 500 hospitality chain in a dispute involving claims for fraud, breach of contract, and violations of the Tennessee Time Share Act.

Professional Biography

Overview

The main focus of Sye T. Hickey's practice is on complex business litigation for the financial services industry. Mr. Hickey has experience representing banks, creditors, lenders, and various financial institutions in an array of matters, including broker-dealer litigation, business tort litigation, class action defense, consumer finance litigation (FDCPA), consumer protection litigation (state consumer protection and TCPA), and securities litigation. He has represented local, state, and national clients at the trial and appellate levels, including matters in state and federal court and arbitration panels under AAA, JAMS, and FINRA.

The remainder of Mr. Hickey's practice covers contract litigation, government and internal investigations, insurance matters, and product liability disputes. He has worked with clients in the automotive, commercial real estate, government contracting, health care, hospitality, housing, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical industries, among others.

Mr. Hickey serves as a member of the firm-wide diversity committee and the Nashville office recruitment committee. Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Mr. Hickey worked as an associate attorney in a large regional firm in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he mostly handled complex business litigation and government and internal investigations.

While attending the University of Tennessee College of Law, Mr. Hickey served as a prosecutorial extern with the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee. As a third year law student, he successfully argued the first application of the U.S.S.G. § 2D1.1(b)(12) enhancement in the Eastern District of Tennessee and prevailed on a mandatory minimum sentencing argument to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Before attending law school, Mr. Hickey served as an intern for the late United States Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) in Washington, D.C.

Representative Matters
  • Litigated and obtained successful outcomes and resolutions for a Fortune 500 financial services client in multiple FINRA arbitrations.

  • Successfully represented a Fortune 50 financial services client in a dispute involving claims for fraud, misrepresentation, and violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.

  • Obtained dismissal in federal court on behalf of a Fortune 500 hospitality chain in a dispute involving claims for fraud, breach of contract, and violations of the Tennessee Time Share Act.

  • Won summary judgment on behalf of multinational automobile parts manufacturer in Tennessee state court in a premises liability dispute.

  • Successfully represented a Fortune 50 technology company in a premises liability dispute.

  • Successfully represented a foreign technology and manufacturing company in a product liability dispute.

  • Successfully prevented the disclosure of sensitive financial and trade secret information for a government contractor from being disclosed in a Freedom of Information Act request.

  • Successfully represented an automobile finance company in a dispute involving claims for negligence, breach of contract, and violations of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act.

  • Obtained dismissal in Federal Court on behalf of individual and corporate clients involving claims for fraudulent inducement, tortious interference with contract, and violations of the Virginia Business Conspiracy Act.

  • Successfully obtained dismissal on behalf of a Fortune 500 multinational hospitality company in a claim for breach of contract and subsequently awarded judgment for costs and attorney's fees.

  • Successfully briefed and argued a pro bono juvenile case before the North Carolina Supreme Court.
  • Successfully represented a client in a dispute regarding the dissolution of a partnership involving individual and derivative claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, conversion and embezzlement.
  • Successfully represented an auto parts manufacturing company under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, which resulted in no enforcement action.
  • Successfully represented a commercial landlord in multiple lease disputes involving summary ejectment actions and claims for breach of contract and guarantor liability.
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of a financial lender client involving claims for negligence and wrongful foreclosure, and a request for punitive damages.

  • Successfully assisted in both government and internal investigations for private companies across multiple industries, including pharmaceuticals, housing, and banking and finance.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Business Litigation (2018 and 2019)
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member – North Carolina State Bar
  • Member – Nashville Bar Association
  • Chief Justice William H. Bobbitt American Inn of Court
  • Member – University of Tennessee College of Law Alumni Council
  • Member – University of Kentucky Young Alumni
  • Nashville Young Leaders Council, Class 68
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Pathfinder
  • Member – Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Young Leadership Council Intern, Board of Directors – Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc.
  • Named a Tennessee Supreme Court Attorney for Justice (2017)
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • Co-presenter – "Criminal and Regulatory Law for Your Corporate Practice: Practical Advice for Companies to Avoid or Deal with Federal Investigations," Law Firm Presentation, Raleigh, North Carolina (July 2015)
  • Co-presenter – "Government Investigations: A Practical Guide," Law Firm Presentation, Charlotte, North Carolina (September 2014)
  • Co-presenter – "Scrubs or Stripes: Government Investigations of Corporations and Individuals," North Carolina Bar Association Health Law Section Annual Meeting, Cary, North Carolina (April 2014)

Awards

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Education

  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 2013
    • Tennessee Law Review, Research Editor
    • Transactions: Tennessee Journal on Business Law, Third-Year Editor
    • Elsie Naomi Jones Scholarship
  • University of Kentucky, B.S. in Business and Economics, 2009

Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2013
  • Tennessee, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee 
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee 
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

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