The Law Office of James W. Hawkins
Specializing in State and
General and Complex Commercial Litigation
General commercial litigation involves every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, partnership/joint venture disputes, class actions, business torts, civil RICO claims, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and shareholder issues. Complex commercial litigation often involves extensive review of business records or highly technical accounting, financing, lending, insurance coverage or tax issues. For much of his career, Jim's forte has been representing clients in general and complex commercial litigation. With today's technology, solo practitioners can handle many of these cases with considerable savings to clients.
Real Estate Litigation
Real estate litigation involves real estate-related disputes for property owners, developers, investors, tenants, lenders, joint ventures and public-private partnerships. Such cases include landlord-tenant, financing, homeowner association, adverse possession, environmental contamination, land use, zoning, permit and contract disputes regarding the purchase and sale of land. Jim has represented developers, owners, homeowners, homeowner associations, landlords, tenants and lenders in a wide variety of real estate disputes.
Intellectual Property Litigation
Intellectual property litigation is a broad term that encompasses cases involving the ownership or taking of "intellectual" properties such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, trade dress and domain names. It also includes false advertising and unfair competition claims under state and federal law. Jim has substantial experience in each of these areas.
Effective litigation management is a collection of skills and techniques used to achieve a cost efficient and favorable outcome. In some cases, especially where there is no in-house counsel, an attorney devoted specifically to managing outside litigation counsel can make a huge difference in the cost of litigation. Some of the best litigation managers are those who have effectively managed litigation as in-house attorneys. Jim honed his skills as a litigation manager during his time as Chief Litigation Counsel at a Fortune 200 Company.