Meet Judge Hickerson
Tanisha A. HICKERSON was elected as a Jefferson County District Court Judge in 2018. During her term, she has presided over various cases, from criminal, traffic, small claims, juvenile to probate matters. Judge Hickerson is active in the legal community, serving as Chair of the Criminal Justice Commission, an advisory council that encourages the development of effective policies and practices within the local criminal justice system; member of the Opportunity Network, a program that advocates for successful reentry into society after incarceration; former board member and active member of the Louisville Bar Association; and past vice president and active member of the Charles W. Anderson, Jr. Bar Association (formerly known as the Louisville Black Lawyers Association). She also volunteers with the YMCA Black Achievers Program as a Law and Government Cluster Leader and is both a basketball and volleyball official for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, but also officiates for various adult, youth and Special Olympic leagues.
Including her legal practice as attorney, Judge Hickerson has almost sixteen (16) years of legal experience she brings to the bench. Prior to her term on the bench, Judge Hickerson practiced civil litigation defense law for approximately twelve (12) years, lastly as a Partner at the firm of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, which at the time was the nation’s largest minority owned law firm.
Judge Hickerson earned her B.A. in Philosophy, with a minor in Communications, from the University of Louisville and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Judge Hickerson is extremely proud to have graduated Valedictorian of Louisville Central High School Magnet Career Academy. Lastly, she is the proud mother of Kaelyn Drane and Taniyah Bivens, and has two bonus children, Joey and Jada, with her fiancé, Joe Bivens. They are faithful members of Pleasant View Baptist Church.