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Jerry D. Hawkins  |  Partner

T 316-265-7741F 316-267-7803E hawkins@hitefanning.com

Jerry Hawkins is a partner in the firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P. He practices principally in the areas of:

  • Health care law
  • Medical malpractice defense
  • Civil litigation
  • Personal injury defense
  • Wrongful death defense
  • Appeals

A seasoned litigator, Jerry has also handled several matters on appeal. He has practiced since 1997 and has an AV® Peer Review Rating in the distinguished legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®.*

Health Care and Medical Malpractice.  His health care practice is focused on the representation of health care providers in medical malpractice claims. Jerry's clients include:

  • Doctors
  • Medical directors
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Emergency medical service providers
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term acute care facilities
  • Nursing homes

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death.  Jerry also has significant experience defending clients in personal injury and wrongful death actions. In this capacity, he has represented:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Municipalities
  • Businesses
  • Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Large corporations
  • Small businesses
  • Property owners
  • Employees
  • Individuals

He has also handled disputes for both employers and employees over non-compete agreements, and has handled insurance coverage disputes for both insurers and their insureds.

Products Liability.  In the area of products liability, his experience has involved representing sellers, distributors, a leading automobile manufacturer, and nationally known equipment and tool manufacturers in personal injury and wrongful death claims.

Appeals.  As a complement to his civil litigation practice, Jerry also assists clients with appeals in both state and federal court.

Jerry is admitted to practice in Kansas state and federal courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He is a frequent speaker on legal issues impacting the medical and insurance professions.

He is a member of the Wichita, Kansas and American Bar associations, as well as the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (KADC). He is president of the Kansas Bar Association’s (KBA) Health Law Executive Committee and is a member of the Wichita Bar Association’s Civil Practice Committee. Outside of practice, he has served on the Valley Center Park & Tree Board, assisting in developing a neighborhood park.

Jerry received his B.A., cum laude, in philosophy from Wichita State University and his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law. While in law school, he participated in the Washburn Law Clinic. Prior to joining Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P. in 1997, Jerry was a law clerk for another general practice law firm and Westar Energy.

Jerry and his wife have three sons. He has been playing violin since the age of seven, and is a member of the string-group, “Lawyers Pulling Strings,” the Friends University Community Orchestra, and takes his fiddle to the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in the Fall.

*AV® is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Areas of Concentration
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Health Care Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Appellate Law

Court Admissions

  • Kansas, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 2002

Professional Memberships

  • Wichita Bar Association (1997-Present; Civil Practice Committee; Summer Intern Committee)
  • Kansas Bar Association (KBA) (1997-Present; President, Health Law Executive Committee, 2011-Present; Health Law Executive Committee, 2008-Present)
  • American Bar Association (ABA) (1997-Present)
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (KADC)

Education

  • Wichita State University, B.A., cum laude, 1994
  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D., 1997

Community Involvement

  • Valley Center Park & Tree Board (2005-Present)

Published Works

  • “The Pot Calls the Kettle Black:  A Rebuttal to ‘Cutting the Hedge: Reforming Comparative Fault in Medical Malpractice’,” KADC Legal Letter (Spring 2007)
  • Co-Author, “An Argument that the KCPA Does Not Apply to the Practice of Law or Medicine,” KADC Legal Letter (2004)
  • “Challenging the Reasonableness of the Plaintiff’s Expert’s Fee,” KADC Legal Letter (2001)
  • Co-Author, “Are Confidential Settlement Agreements Enforceable?” KADC Legal Letter (March 1999)

Presentations

  • “Take This Job and Shove It! (Uh, Never Mind, There Was a Conflict of Interest),” KBA CLE Webinar (March 1, 2012)
  • “Recent Cases Every Trial Lawyer Should Know,” KADC Mid-Year Meeting (May 2011)
  • “Case Law Update,” KBA Health Law Institute (April 2011)
  • “Case Law Update,” WBA Health Law CLE (February 2010)
  • “Hot Pre-Trial Issue:  Should the Defendant be Permitted to Make Comparative Fault Allegations Contingent Upon a Settlement or Dismissal of a Co-Defendant?” Telephone CLE (May 2009)
  • “Hot Topics Combo: Can You Have Ex Parte Contacts with Treating Physicians About Their Medicare Write-Offs in KCPA Actions Against Health Care Providers?” KADC Annual Meeting (November 2007) 
  • “Kansas Consumer Protection Act Claims in Medical Malpractice Actions After Williamson v. Amrani and House Bill 2451,” KBA Annual Meeting (June 2007)
  • “Casemaker Explosion,” KBA Annual Meeting (June 2007)
  • “Casemaker Explosion,” CLE (March 2007) 
  • “Maneuvering Through the Medical Record Maze” and “Putting Medical Records to Work During the Pretrial Phase,”  CLE, “Using Medical Records to Prove Your Case” (January 2007) 
  • “The Kansas Consumer Protection Act in Medical Malpractice Actions,” Health Care Stabilization Fund Seminar (August 2006)
  • “KCPA Actions Against Professionals,” KADC Annual Meeting (December 2004)