Kristen N. Hawes

Associate

Houston
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Overview

Kristen Hawes concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation, representing clients in matters concerning class action litigation, business disputes and construction litigation.

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  • Assisted in the defense of a waste collection company in a putative class action in federal court. Researched and drafted the motion that resulted in the dismissal of the company for lack of personal jurisdiction.
  • Assisted three aviation companies in obtaining summary judgment on the plaintiffs' claims of tortious interference related to the award of a government contract to provide fuel services to an airport in a foreign country. Provided key research and assisted in drafting the successful motion for summary judgment. 
  • Assisted in the defense of a hotel and resort in a class action filed in federal court for alleged contractual violations.
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Experience

  • Assisted in the defense of a waste collection company in a putative class action in federal court. Researched and drafted the motion that resulted in the dismissal of the company for lack of personal jurisdiction.
  • Assisted three aviation companies in obtaining summary judgment on the plaintiffs' claims of tortious interference related to the award of a government contract to provide fuel services to an airport in a foreign country. Provided key research and assisted in drafting the successful motion for summary judgment. 
  • Assisted in the defense of a hotel and resort in a class action filed in federal court for alleged contractual violations.
  • Assisted in defending members of a medical distribution LLC against claims of breach of fiduciary duties, tortious interference and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Assisted in the defense of an entertainment management company against claims seeking to void its right to copyright royalties and its administration rights in the copyrights. Provided key research on the intricacies of copyright law and drafted various evidentiary motions.
  • Defended a manufacturer of water treatment systems in an action for property damage. The case was resolved after voluntary dismissal with prejudice.
  • Defended numerous medical services companies in actions alleging violations of the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act. 

Recognitions and Memberships

Prior Positions

  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Roy Dalton, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida (2012)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • Florida
  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2014; magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Book Awards in Appellate Advocacy and Torts; Florida Law Review, Executive Research Editor, Accomplished Research Award and Scholarship; Ronnie H. Walker Scholarship; UF Law Faculty Scholarship
  • M.A., Economics, Boston University, 2010
  • B.A., Economics and Political Science, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, 2009
  • B.S., Criminal Justice, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, 2009

Blog

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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
TCPA Class Denied Certification Due to Binding Authority of Yaakov and Proof of Individualized Issues of Consent
November 13, 2017
A recent order from the Northern District of Illinois granted a defendant’s motion to deny class certification regarding “unsolicited” fax advertisements allegedly sent in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Eleventh Circuit Outlines the Key to an Individual Arbitration Agreement
October 10, 2017
The Eleventh Circuit recently upheld an arbitration agreement in a consumer class action involving checking overdraft fees. In Johnson v. KeyBank N.A., 11th Cir. No. 15-10779 (Sept. 26, 2017), the plaintiffs brought a putative class action...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Corporation and Its Managers Held in Civil Contempt for Failing to Comply With Settlement Final Approval Order
September 26, 2017
Last month, Global Fitness Holdings LLC and its four managers were held in civil contempt for failure to comply with a final order approving a class action settlement. Gascho v. Global Fitness Holdings, LLC, S.D. Ohio No. 2:11-cv-436 (Aug...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Seventh Circuit Rejects Subway Footlong Class Settlement as a “Racket”
September 19, 2017
A recent Seventh Circuit decision pushed back on a proposed settlement of the Subway “footlong sub” class action, finding the proposed settlement a “racket” designed to benefit class counsel without any benefit to the class. The story...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
California Court Rejects Tuna Settlement Over Scope of Release
By Kristen N. Hawes
February 25, 2016
In recent years, courts have been more carefully scrutinizing class action settlements. A recent example is Hendricks v. Starkist Co., Case No. 3:13-cv-00729 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 19, 2016), where the U.S. District Court for the Northern...
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