LITIGATION DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR - Mid-Size Firm  ALM's Daily Report   2017 - 2016 - 2014
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John M. Hawkins


Jack Hawkins' practice focuses on civil litigation. He represents product manufacturers, builders and other entities in cases involving product liability, foodborne illness, construction, general liability and commercial litigation in trial courts, appellate courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the country.


Furman University, B.A., cum laude, 1995

Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., 1998
Moot Court Board

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia
  • All state trial and appellate courts in Georgia 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Representative Experience

Obtained summary judgment for client horse owner under the Georgia Equine Immunity Act in case where quadriplegic plaintiff claimed horse from which he fell was not properly trained; upheld on appeal.

Obtained summary judgment for client builder in fire case alleging subcontractor painter caused fire that burned two houses.

Obtained summary judgment for client motorist who struck a bull that wandered into roadway and then veered into oncoming traffic and was sued by truck driver client hit; upheld on appeal.

Represents a number of product manufacturers in claims from alleged product defects.

Obtained summary judgment to client gas can manufacturer in personal injury case where plaintiff alleged $4 million in past medical expenses and extensive future medical expenses; upheld on appeal.

National trial counsel for company that manufactures flammable waterproofing products.

Defense verdict in jury trial for automobile dealership client in 15 minutes in a case alleging violation of warranties and Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act.

Defense verdict for clients (hospital and nurse) in malpractice case alleging improper discharge instructions following shoulder surgery.

Directed verdict for client automobile dealership in case alleging malicious prosecution; upheld on appeal.

All personal injury claims dismissed by court prior to trial against client insurance company in a case alleging personal injury relating to mold exposure. Subsequent summary judgment on all claims against client was upheld on appeal.

Jury verdict of one-fifth damages sought by plaintiffs in wrongful death case against client product manufacturer.

Extensive experience successfully representing clients before appeals courts.

Substantial experience successfully arbitrating actions filed by homeowners against client builders alleging defective construction and confirming arbitration awards in trial and appellate courts.

Served as arbitrator in numerous commercial disputes.

Awards & Recognitions

Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Rising Stars List, Business/Corporate (2006)

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Litigation Section

Atlanta Bar Association

Fulton County Superior Court, Former Staff Attorney for the late Hon. Rowland W. Barnes