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Cole Hickman
Cole Hickman

2020 Up & Coming Attorneys: Cole Hickman

Like many in the legal profession, Hellmuth and Johnson partner Cole Hickman had some early influences that sparked his interest in the law. “I didn’t decide that I wanted to go to law school until my second or third year in college. But, growing up, I had a number of mentors who were attorneys — mostly family friends — who were good resources. So law school was generally on my radar.”

A Cambridge, Minnesota, native, he earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, before attending William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.

After graduating law school in 2011, Hickman worked for two small law firms, in consumer debt collection and then representing corporate clients in employment disputes and product liability cases. He joined Hellmuth and Johnson in January 2018. His move to the larger firm was “client driven,” he said. He currently focuses on representing individuals, families and business owners in estate planning and closely-held business law.

After only two years with the firm, he was named an equity partner in January 2020.

Hickman enjoys developing relationships with clients and learning about their businesses and families. “I like the idea that there is typically a significant amount of value I can provide to clients.”

What inspires you and motivates you to achieve your goals?

I really like it when clients are satisfied with work that I have done. That, in itself, inspires me to do really good work on their behalf.

What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?

To do what you enjoy doing for a living, associate yourself — whether it’s clients other professionals — with quality individuals. Then your practice will take care of itself. And your work product is going to be better.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I am a big-time outdoorsman. I enjoy hunting and fishing and spending time with my family outdoors in northern Minnesota and on the North Shore.

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