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 products liability.

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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, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • 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
The US Supreme Court's Ruling in American Pipe Does Not Extend to Allow Tolling of Statutes of Limitation in Successive Class Actions
June 13, 2018
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has limited the reach of its landmark decision in American Pipe & Constr. Co. v. Utah, 414 U.S. 538 (1974), which tolled the statute of limitations applicable to a timely filed putative class...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
State Court Adoption of Comcast v. Behrend
By Albert G. Lin, Rand L. McClellan
June 11, 2018
In Comcast v. Behrend, 569 U.S. 27 (2013), the United States Supreme Court clarified the requirements for establishing that classwide injury and damages predominate over individual issues for the purposes of FRCP 23(b)(3). In particular...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
2018 Class Action Landscape
May 15, 2018
In 2016, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, resolving a circuit split on whether an unaccepted offer of judgment pursuant to Rule 68 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure could moot a named...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Proposed Rule 23 Amendment for Class Action Settlement: Sea Change or Codification of the Status Quo?
May 11, 2018
Proposed amendments to the class action settlement process in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(e) are scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018. One of the proposed amendments requires that “[t]he parties must provide the court with...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Federal Authorities Continue to Monitor Proposed Class Action Settlements
By Douglas A. Vonderhaar
April 18, 2018
Officials at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continue to scrutinize class settlements to ensure that neither defendants nor class action counsel are improperly benefiting at the expense of class...
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