Robert Hawkins has a wide array of experience in general litigation matters. With a focus on white collar crime and governmental investigations, he has effectively counseled individuals and companies of all sizes accused of fraud, securities violations, workplace safety violations, tax crimes and various other types of alleged wrongdoing. Robert has also provided invaluable service to clients on numerous other litigation matters involving labor and employment, financial compliance issues, energy, ad valorem taxation and claims for civil rights violations and personal injury.

    As a law clerk to the Honorable Jane J. Boyle in Dallas, Robert gained extraordinary insight into trial procedure and a unique perspective on litigation strategies and resolution. He also has substantial trial experience in Texas state and federal courts and has handled numerous appeals at both the federal and state levels.

    Robert works with colleagues in all of the firm’s offices to counsel clients facing emergency situations and crisis management issues in the areas of health and safety.

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    White Collar/Government Investigations
    • Counseled and assisted legal staff of major metropolitan city in official corruption and bribery investigation of government officials by DOJ.
    • Assisted Fortune 500 companies in SEC and DOJ investigations resulting in no formal action.
    • Represented CFO of public company in SEC investigation and private securities litigation resulting in no formal action.
    • Achieved very favorable result for claimant in civil forfeiture lawsuit and parallel criminal investigation.
    Commercial Litigation
    • Assisted aircraft lessee in securing a substantial refund of ad valorem property taxes.
    • Achieved multimillion dollar settlement for general contractor in major construction arbitration.
    • Successfully represented real estate professional in litigation involving North Texas real estate development recovering multimillion dollar settlement.
    • Obtained dismissal of lawsuit for foreign airline company on employment claims relating to wrongful discharge.
    • Achieved favorable settlement for beauty cosmetics company in claims relating to defective products.
    Governmental Liability
    • Ongoing representation of numerous government entities and officials in various types of cases, including personal injury, First Amendment violations, inadequate medical care, employment discrimination and other civil rights violations.
    Health & Safety
    • Represented Fortune 500 company in OSHA investigations resulting in very favorable resolutions.
    • Successfully defended major industrial company in MSHA investigation and obtained dismissal of unrelated claims for workplace injuries.


    • Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 1996
    • University of Mississippi, B.A., 1992


    • Texas


    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
    • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • State Bar of Texas
    • Dallas Bar Association 
    • Collin County Bar Association

    Clerk Experience

    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
      Former U.S. Magistrate Judge Jane J. Boyle
      April 1999 - March 2001
    • Pro Bono Award – 2003, 2006 
    • Order of the Barristers

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