William C. Hicks






Bill Hicks is the Chair of the Messerli Kramer Collections group and has been a shareholder since 1991. With more than 35 years of experience in the collections industry, he has a broad understanding of all aspects of the collection business. Consumer collections makes up the majority of the firm’s collection business,  but Bill also has significant experience in debt purchasing, replevins, and secured bankruptcies.

He is a frequent speaker on collections-related issues at conferences of the National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA formerly known as NARCA) and ACA International. He was the treasurer of NCBA from 2006-2015 and is a founding board member of the Minnesota Creditors’ Rights Association and the Wisconsin Creditors’ Rights Association. Bill was awarded the prestigious President’s Award from NCBA in 2020 for contributions to the industry.

Under Bill’s leadership, the firm’s Collections group has regularly won national recognition from its clients at national conferences within the industry.  

Professional & Community


  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin


  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association, Member
  • American Alliance of Creditor Attorneys, Board of Directors
  • Minnesota Creditors’ Rights Association, Founding Board Member and Current Officer
  • National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys, Member
  • Wisconsin Creditors’ Rights Association, Founding Board Member and  Current Officer

Community Involvement 

  • Messerli Kramer, Board of Directors