Partner Jerry Hawkins is a seasoned litigator, including appellate cases, and is one of the area’s most experienced attorneys handling health care cases and personal injury and wrongful death defense. Having practiced since 1997 he has built a strong base of knowledge and has also received an AV® Peer Review Rating in the distinguished legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®.*
In addition to his extensive work in the areas of health care law and medical malpractice, Jerry also has significant experience defending clients in personal injury and wrongful death actions. His tenacity and practical understanding of the law have provided successful outcomes for nonprofit organizations, municipalities, large and small businesses, property owners, contractors and subcontractors, and individuals.
In addition to his civil litigation practice, Jerry also assists clients with appeals in both state and federal court and 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.
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,” and takes his fiddle to the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in the Fall. And he also has some mean unicycle riding skills!
Undergrad: B.A. Wichita State University, 1994 cum laude
Law School: Washburn University, 1997 Dean’s Honor
Year Started Practicing: 1997
Represented health care providers, including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and mental health professionals in the defense of medical malpractice actions. Representation includes actions for alleged negligence and wrongful death.
Represented plaintiffs and defendants in general personal injury matters, including automobile accidents, swimming pool accidents or deaths, trucking accidents, sports injuries and many others.
Represented the State of Kansas, counties, cities, municipal hospitals, clinics and their employees the defense of claims alleging a deprivation of rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and Kansas Constitution.
Represented clinics and surgical centers in audits or payment disputes with Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance companies. Advised on compliance with federal law, including HIPAA, STARK and anti-kickback provisions.
Represented health care providers responding to complaints made to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts.
Represented manufacturers of consumer and industrial products in actions filed in Kansas state and federal courts alleging personal injuries or property damage.
Represented both for-profit and non-profit businesses, and individuals, in the defense of claims involving slips, trips, falls or other incidents occurring on the client’s owned or leased properties.
Represented landowners in disputes before local commissions or committees arising from proposed changes to zoning. Represented landowners neighboring areas proposed to be used for industrial wind farms.
Represented both plaintiffs and defendants in disputes in areas of real estate, contracts and other matters.
Represented individuals and hospitals seeking the appointment of a guardian and conservator for an incapacitated person. Represented families in matters where physician recommendations have been made to withdraw life support.
Represented both plaintiffs and defendants in actions brought under the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. Representative transactions range from automobile sales to the advertising of medical services.
Represented individuals and insurance companies in advising whether there is insurance coverage for a loss.