Robert O. Hickey


Robert O. Hickey is a managing partner in the firm. He has spent his entire career at Ryan Ryan Deluca beginning as an associate in February of 1998. Since joining the firm, his practice has been almost exclusively dedicated to the defense of civil litigation matters. He completed over 20 jury trials and many more bench trials. The cases have ranged from lower-exposure motor vehicle accidents, to high-exposure, complicated matters including claims of wrongful death and catastrophic injuries. He has participated in countless arbitrations and mediations. 



Professional Affiliations: 
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, member State Committee
  • Chosen in The Stamford Area's Best Lawyers as Personal Injury Litigation - Defense Lawyer of the Year, 2015
  • Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers 2015-2021
  • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Connecticut and American Bar Associations and on the Board of Directors for the Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Selected to appear in The Best Lawyers in America®, (2011-2024)
Representative Experience: 
  • Represented a commercial establishment in a subrogation claim for indemnity in the amount of $875,000.00 as the result of a personal injury claim arising out of an accident on the establishment’s property. Summary judgment was obtained for the client.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a railroad in an FELA case brought by a train engineer and tried in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
  • Obtained multiple directed verdicts for a local university on claims of slander and slander per se after a five day trial.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a Maine law firm sued in Connecticut as the result of actions taken in a Maine probate trial. Claims included slander and intentional/negligent infliction of emotional distress.
  • Representation of various railroads in connection with wrongful death and serious injury claims arising out of railroad accidents.
  • Obtained a defense verdict which was subsequently affirmed on appeal on claims for contractual and common law indemnity against a client arising out of a motor vehicle accident.
  • Representation of numerous commercial entities on claims of premises liability, subrogation claims and claims for indemnity.
Reported Decisions: 

Murphy v. Town of Darien, et al., ____ Conn. ____ (S.C. 19983, July 9, 2019)

Pronovost v. Tierney, 174 Conn.App. 368 (2017)

Benedetto v. Zaku, et al., 112 Conn.App. 467 (2009)

Wasko v. Farley, 108 Conn.App. 156 (2008)

U.B. Vehicle Leasing, Inc. v. Scott Davis et al., 90 Conn.App. 206 (2005)

Chen v. Gesner, 101 Conn.App. 658 (2007)

Colon v. Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company, (2nd Circuit, No. 18-1858, summary order 6/19/19)

Piroscafo v. Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company, (2nd Circuit, No. 12-3814-cv, summary order, 1/13/14)