Mr. Hawley is a veteran litigator, having representing defendants in numerous environmental tort, products liability and mass tort class actions. He has represented companies in class actions and individual actions involving soil and groundwater contamination, and other products liability and consumer fraud class actions. He has represented several energy companies to resolve their disputes in Alabama concerning environmental and contract issues arising from the production, storage or transportation of gas and fuels.
In his 30 years of practice, he has appeared in 40 or more county courthouses and most of the federal courthouses in Alabama. He has also represented clients in courts in Mississippi, Texas and California. He has had two cases reach the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Hawley received his A.B. degree in HIstory, with honors, from Harvard College in 1979. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1983. For a year between college and law school he served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at the behest of Alabama Senator Howell Heflin. After law school graduation, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable U.W. Clemon, U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Alabama.
During 2011 and 2012, Mr. Hawley served as Ken Feinberg’s Special Counsel to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, acting as a troubleshooter in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims process. As Special Counsel, he worked extensively with Congressman Jo Bonner, Attorney General Luther Strange, and other elected officials to resolve problem claims, assisting fishermen, marinas, non-profit organizations, property owners and developers.
In 2010, Hawley was elected President of the 4000+ member Birmingham Bar Association. He also served several years on the governing body of the Alabama State Bar, the Board of Bar Commissioners. In 2011, the Alabama State Bar selected him to serve as Editor of the State Bar magazine, “The Alabama Lawyer.” He is a Life Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation, a fellowship based on dedication to the legal profession and community, which is limited to 1% of the lawyers practicing in Alabama.
In 2012, Hawley received the Vreeland Pro Bono Award from the Alabama State Bar, an award that recognizes an individual for leadership and contributions in making free legal services available to low income citizens. He was also appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to the Alabama Access to Justice Commission.
Mr. Hawley practiced for twenty years with the law firm of Maynard, Cooper, & Gale, P.C. of Birmingham, where he was a shareholder practicing in the areas of class actions, environmental torts, and government affairs. He was also a shareholder with the law firm of White Arnold & Dowd P.C. prior to founding the firm of Jones & Hawley P.C. in 2013.
In 1983, Mr. Hawley had the honor of serving as a law clerk to the Honorable U.W. Clemon, Chief Judge, Northern District of Alabama. He also served as Legislative Assistant to the Honorable Howell Heflin, U.S. Senator from 1979 to 1980.
He has been active in numerous charitable and civic organizations including Leadership Birmingham (1996), the Harvard Club of Birmingham (President, 2008-2010), Board of Governors, Indian Springs School (Chaired $15 million capital campaign), the United Way, and other organizations.