James W. Hawkins
Resolving Disputes Since 1983
Jim is a seasoned litigator who has tried cases to judges and juries in the state and federal courts of Georgia and many other states. The types of cases he handles are wide-ranging. They include complex commercial, intellectual property, restrictive covenants in employment agreements, business divorces, real estate, trust and estates, insurance coverage, negligence, fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, defamation and personal injury. He has tried arbitration cases and has successfully mediated well over a hundred matters. Jim is an AV Preeminent Rated Attorney by Martindale Hubbell.
Over the course of his career, Jim has represented publicly held companies, privately owned businesses of all sizes and individuals. He has handled cases with exposures ranging from $10,000 to more than $300 million.
Whether it’s a complex or simple dispute, Jim’s modus operandi is to formulate and implement a case-specific resolution strategy that leads to an optimal resolution via settlement, trial or appeal. Jim is highly intuitive and creative. He excels at thorough and piercing cross examinations, oral and written advocacy, and extensive investigations. Jim is quick to cut through extraneous issues and is especially good at making complicated subjects simple enough for judges and juries to understand.
For the first seventeen years of his career, Jim practiced law as an associate and then a partner in the renowned litigation department of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, a large Atlanta law firm now known as Bryan Cave. Jim was trained by several members of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers including Frank Love, John Marshall and Jerry Blackstock. During his tenure at the firm, Jim was a member of and chaired the High Technology and Intellectual Property Litigation Group. Jim handled patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure disputes, among other types of cases. Jim has served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia and as a board member for several charitable organizations.
Jim left Powell Goldstein in 2000 to become the Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel for Kimberly-Clark Corporation where he was responsible for managing hundreds of cases and scores of outside attorneys on a global basis. His role as an executive in the legal department gave Jim a unique perspective on representing a global company in a wide variety of disputes. During his time at the company, Jim chaired and was a member of the executive committee of the Chief Litigation Counsel Association.
In private practice and as an in-house attorney, Jim’s cases have taken him to more than half of our states as well as Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, England, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia.
In 2015, Jim decided to hang out his shingle as a solo practitioner. Since then, he’s handled cases involving trade secrets, trademark infringement, constitutional torts, landlord-tenant, nuisance, personal injury, trespass, negligence, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, defamation, breach of contract, business divorces, commercial collections, claims under Federal and Georgia RICO and landlord/tenant issues impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jim obtained a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia where he served in several leadership roles as an undergrad. He then attended UGA law school where he graduated cum laude in 1983.
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Jim's Goal for His Clients
Jim has never had a client who enjoyed litigation - well, maybe one. Most people would rather avoid conflict like the plague. For many clients, litigation is an expensive, disruptive and time consuming black hole. Jim's ever-present goal is to resolve disputes in the shortest amount of time at the lowest possible cost with the least amount of disruption and the greatest benefit to the client.