- BBA ’74, Georgia Southern University
- Certified Public Accountant
- Certified Fraud Examiner
William R. (Billy) Hickman, Jr. CPA, CFF, known as Billy among his colleagues, joined the firm currently known as Dabbs, Hickman, Hill & Cannon, LLP in 1974. By 1983 he became a partner, and served as managing partner from 1998 through 2008. Billy holds licenses as a CPA in Georgia. Additionally, he is licensed and certified by the AI CPA in Financial Forensics.
In response to the proliferation of fraud in businesses, both in type and sophistication, the firm has ramped up its forensics practice under Mr. Hickman’s direction. His passion and expertise in this area bring tangible value in fraud prevention and detection to the firm’s clients.
His managerial responsibilities are undergirded by wide ranging expertise including individual and corporate taxation, litigation support, and small business planning. He has served as a Chapter 11 Examiner in the District of South Carolina as well as the Accountant for the Trustee in Bankruptcy for Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases in Georgia.
In his role leading the forensic practice at Dabbs, Hickman, Hill & Cannon, LLP, Mr. Hickman has provided expert testimony for the Superior Courts of Bulloch County, Candler County, Chatham County, Effingham County, and Laurens County, Georgia. Additionally, he has provided expert testimony in Federal Bankruptcy Court in Bulloch County and Chatham County, Georgia, and in Columbia, South Carolina, as well as the Federal Courts of Augusta, Georgia and Savannah, Georgia.
Mr. Hickman remains active civically and professionally, committed to supporting missionaligned organizations with his experience. At Georgia Southern University, his Alma Mater, Mr. Hickman serves as Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc. Mr. Hickman currently serves on the Board of East Georgia Regional Medical Center, on the Advisory Board of Morris Bank, is Co-founder of TRAC 4 of Statesboro, LLC, and in 2022 was appointed to serve on the Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation Board. In 2020, Mr. Hickman was elected to the Georgia State Senate for District 4.