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
The Fourth Circuit Refuses to Enforce Arbitration Clause and Class Action Waiver in Employment Contracts
February 21, 2018
As we have previously written, several Supreme Court decisions have upheld, in various contexts, arbitration agreements that waive the right to assert claims on a class basis. See, e.g., AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 563 U.S. 333...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
The Top 10 Class-Action-Related Developments of 2017
January 10, 2018
2017 was a relatively quiet year for major class action news, especially in the Supreme Court, which addressed only a handful of cases that might have an impact on class actions and reached decisions only in a couple of those cases...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Kentucky Federal Court Brushes Aside Pre-emptive Attack on Class Allegations in Phishing Case, Rejects Out-of-the-Box Defense Strategy
By David M. McMillan
December 28, 2017
Brushing aside apparent flaws in a proposed class definition, a federal court in Kentucky declined to dismiss class allegations against North Carolina-based pharmacy services provider Pharm-Save Inc. (Pharm-Save) stemming from a W-2...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Seventh Circuit Ties Class Counsel’s Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees to Amount Claimed by Class, in Context of a Judgment
November 20, 2017
On November 14, 2017, the Seventh Circuit issued its third opinion ending a class action that was almost a decade old. Holtzman v. Turza, No. 17-2330, 2017 WL 5450484 (7th Cir. Nov. 14, 2017). The class action alleged that the defendant...
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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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