Thursday, June 20, 2019
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Funeral services are pending for Philip H. Hickok, a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court from August 1989 until his retirement in February 2013.
He died Tuesday morning at the age of 72.
Prior to his appointment to the bench by Gov. George Deukmejian, Hickok—a distant relative of the historic figure “Wild Bill” Hickok, a lawman and gun-fighter in the Old West—served from 1972-89 as a deputy county counsel. He was vice president of the County Counsel Association from 1983-87.
Former Los Angeles County Counsel Lloyd Pellman reflected yesterday:
“Phil was the most even tempered, analytical attorney on the staff. He was unflappable and collegial all of which made him such an attractive candidate for appointment to the bench.
“Among his assignments he advised the Registrar Recorder and the Medical Examiner; he took delight in the TV show Quincy in which Jack Klugman frequently referred to County Counsel, as the office was rarely mentioned in any other shows.”
As a judge, he served in the Long Beach, Compton, and Norwalk courthouses. While in Norwalk—from 1994 to 2013—he was supervising judge of the Southeast District in the late 1990s.
His undergraduate and law degrees were from UCLA.
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