B. J. Hickert

Adjunct Faculty
Primary office:

B. J. Hickert is a partner at Newbery Ungerer & Hickert LLP in Topeka. He received an undergraduate degree from Benedictine College, a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Before joining the firm in 1997, Hickert litigated business disputes for 15 years, including five years as a senior attorney in the FDIC Professional Liability Section. He has been elected a fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He focuses his legal practice in the areas of business and estate planning, probate, trust administration, and tax disputes. In addition to his active legal practice, Hickert serves as an adjunct professor at the Washburn University School of Law, where he teaches Estate and Gift Tax, and is a frequent lecturer for professional and community organizations.

Courses Taught:
  • Estate Planning: Principles


Representative Publications

"Health Care: A Simple Prescription," Tax Notes (Feb. 20, 1995)

Practice Areas

Estate and gift taxation; taxation; trusts and estates; probate; wills; business law; corporate law; partnership law; property tax appeals; commercial real estate


LL.M., Taxation, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1995; J.D., Kansas, 1980; B.A., Benedictine, 1977


U.S. Tax Court, 1997; Kansas and U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1980; U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1981

Career History

Associate, Gott, Young & Bogle, 1980-1983; Associate/Partner, Morrison, Hecker, Curtis, Kuder & Parrish, 1983-1989; Senior Attorney, FDIC Professional Liability Section, 1990-1995; Berger & Carmody, PA, 1996-1997; Associate/Partner, Newbery, Ungerer & Hickert LLP (and predecessor firms), 1997-present; Adjunct Professor, Washburn University School of Law, 2006-present.

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