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John F. Hawkins

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Practice Areas

  • Sexual Abuse
  • Employment Discrimination
  • General Litigation
  • Federal Litigation
  • State Litigation
  • Labor and Employment
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Litigation
  • Administrative Law

Biography

John F. Hawkins was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 2, 1968. John did his undergraduate work at Millsaps College, received his J.D., cum laude, from Tulane University and was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1993. Prior to entering private practice, John clerked for Justice Michael Sullivan of the Mississippi Supreme Court.

John is a past President of the Mississippi Association of Justice (MAJ) and serves on the Key Persons Committee for the American Association of Justice (AAJ). John currently serves on the Rules Committee on Professional Responsibility for the Mississippi Bar Association and is vice chair of the Mississippi Bar Association's section on Labor and Employment Law. In 2009, John served as an adjunct law professor teaching pre-trial litigation for Mississippi College School of Law. John has also been selected as a member of Mid-South Super Lawyers.

Along with the rest of the firm, John is an avid supporter of Operation Shoestring, a non-profit interfaith ministry that provides programs and services promoting health and self-sufficiency of the needy. John is also very involved in the local community serving as President of the Jackson Arts and Music Foundation.

Additionally, John is a founding partner of The Better Mississippi Group, LLC. The Better Mississippi Group is an independent, non-partisan business based in Jackson, MS, dedicated to improving the state of Mississippi by encouraging good public policy; supporting issues vital to improving the state's quality of life; and encouraging effective, forward-thinking elected leadership.

John also enjoys playing music and writing songs. John and his wife, Dorothy, have three boys, Jack, Henry and Miles.

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2000

Additional Payment Information

  • Free initial consultation
  • Fixed hourly rates
  • Fixed fees available

Education

  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1993
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Millsaps College
    • B.A. - 1990

Bar Fellowship

  • Public Interest Law Foundation.
  • Law Clerk to Justice Michael D. Sullivan, Supreme Court of Mississippi, 1993 – 1995.
  • Member, Charles Clark American Inns of Court.
  • Chair Jubilee Jam Foundation supporting arts and music in Jackson; speaker: Arbitration; Removal and Remand; Bad Faith Insurance Practices; Judicial and Lawyer ethics and professionalism; Nursing Home Negligence; Hurricane Katrina Insurance Litigation Fellow: Public Interest Law Foundation.
  • Law Clerk to Justice Michael D. Sullivan, Supreme Court of Mississippi, 1993 – 1995.
  • Member, Charles Clark American Inns of Court.
  • Member: Capital Area Bar Association; The Mississippi Bar (Chair: Labor and Employment Section 2011-12) (Member: Committee on Professional Responsibility; Task Force on Judicial Discipline Committee; Summer School for Lawyers Committee); Mississippi Association for Justice f/k/a Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association (President, 2006-2007); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member, Key Persons Committee).

Representative Cases

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson v. Morrison 2005 WL 1039 146 (Miss. May 5 2005)
  • Cortez Byrd Chips, Inc. v. Bill Harbert Construction Co., 529 U.S. 193, 120 S.Ct. 1331, 146 C.Ed.2d 171 (2000)

Past Positions

  • Justice Michael D. Sullivan, Supreme Court of Mississippi, Law Clerk, 1993 to 1995

Classes/Seminars

  • Adjunct Law Professor, Justice Michael D. Sullivan, Supreme Court of Mississippi

Hobbies & Interests

  • Music, fishing, hunting, tennis and cooking