Jerry Hawkins is a partner in the firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P. He practices principally in the areas of:
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:
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:
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 serves on the Valley Center Outside Space Board and since 2015, has been a member of the Valley Center Community foundaiton Board.
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.
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