Randy's Qualifications

You should know all about the attorney you might select to work with you, so here is some information about Randy:


Randy received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees, then spent several years as a "bit-part" television and film actor, followed by a year teaching English as a second language in Nice, France. After these few years of "fun time", he decided to go to law school, and in 1986 graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctorate. He is a member of the California State Bar. He is also certified to appear before the United States Supreme Court and has prevailed in litigating an important adoption case there, expanding adoption rights.


Randy is the author of many adoption books and is one of the biggest-selling adoption authors in the nation. ADOPTING IN AMERICA: How To Adopt Within One Year has been published in five revised editions over the last twenty-two years, with the last released edition in December, 2011. It is avaliable as both a traditional book and ebook in many venues, including Amazon. Just released in August, 2016 is STEPPARENTING: 50 One-Minute DOs & DON'Ts for Stepdads & Stepmoms. It is available in both print and ebook versions on Amazon. (To find excellent books on step parenting. visit StepparentBooks.com, which reviews many step parenting books, or watch their "9 books in 2 minutes" video on YouTube.)

Randy also authored several books which have sold out their print runs are now only available as used books: ADOPTION: The Essential Guide to Adopting Quickly and Safely (2007); ADOPTING IN CALIFORNIA (printed in three editions, the last in 1999, thus is so outdated that Randy does not recommend it); and ADOPTION STORIES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN (1995). His books have been featured on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, The Leeza Gibbons Show, Sally Jessy Raphael, Mike & Maty and The Home Show, and received high praise from Publisher's Weekly, Booklist and the Adoptive Families of America. He has also authored articles for countless magazines and journals (including the Resolve National Newsletter, and both national and local medical and legal journals).


Randy limits his law practice to adoption and has done so for his entire career of 31 years. In that time he has completed about 1,000 in his career. Despite his nationally recognized books, he prefers a small, locally-oriented law practice, allowing him to both serve his clients well and still spend time with his family. His primary function is to assist adoptive parents and birth mothers in planning safe, ethical and loving adoptions. He served as an advisor to the legislative panel which has created new adoption laws in California, and has taken on some appellate cases which resulted in expanded adoption rights. He was a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys from 1992-2016. He terminated his membership in mid-2016 due to not having time to attend required out-of-state membership meetings.

Public Appearances

Randy has been a speaker for many organizations, including Resolve, the North American Council for Adoption of Children and the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers, as well as some of the TV shows mentioned above.

Legal fees

Some people may mistakenly assume that Randy's legal fees are higher than other adoption attorneys, or adoption agencies or facilitators, due to his long career in adoption and acclaimed books on the subject. To the contrary, his fees are equal to, or often even lower than, many other adoption professionals. This is because - as you will know if you read his books and their emphasis on high ethics in adoption for all concerned - that adoption fees should be reasonable for everyone. Oddly it seems that sometimes the least qualified, and least ethical, actually have the highest fees. Most of his clients retain him on a flat fee, so there is one set price, rather than the uncertainty of an hourly fee. Naturally, there are no legal fees for birth parents in placing a child for adoption, as the adoptive parents pay the legal costs.


Randy is divorced with two adult children. In his spare time he has been a kids' soccer and tennis coach, 4-H leader, Sunday School teacher and school site council member. His hobbies are tennis, carpentry and reading mysteries.

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Randy is not accepting new adoptive parent clients who are seeking to be matched with a birth mother. He handles stepparent adoptions, adult adoptions, birth mother representation, and assisting adoptive parents who already have an adoptive match. You can reach Randy at 951-787-8300. He can also be reached by email by clicking here (Randy@RandallHicks.com).

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