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
BakerHostetler Q3 2018 Insurance Class Action Update
December 6, 2018
The past quarter has seen several new types of class actions against insurers and new twists on the well-worn theory of total loss claims, as well as some new life breathed into long-running labor depreciation class actions. Read the Q3...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
What Constitutes an Autodialer Under the TCPA is in Flux
By Rand L. McClellan
October 4, 2018
Partner Rand McClellan recently posted an article to BakerHostetler’s Financial Services Blog on the Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling on what constitutes an “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS) under the Telephone Consumer Protection...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Judge Kavanaugh's Limited Class-Action Jurisprudence Reveals a Healthy Skepticism for Class Action
By Robert J. Tucker
September 26, 2018
By: Robert J. Tucker and Katherine R. Johnston* Judge Kavanaugh has had very few occasions to address the procedural mechanism of Rule 23. This is not surprising given that few class-action cases end up in the D.C. Circuit. But where he...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Sixth Circuit Upholds Class Certification of FDCPA Claims Despite Spokeo Challenge
By Erika Dackin Prouty
August 22, 2018
Last month, the Sixth Circuit in Macy et al v. GC Services Ltd Partnership unanimously upheld certification of a class under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), despite arguments that the named plaintiffs failed to establish...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
BakerHostetler Insurance Class Action Quarterly Update, August 2018
August 14, 2018
This quarter has seen a few new types of class actions against insurers as well as aging of some more mature theories wending their way through the courts. BakerHostetler’s Class Action Defense – Insurance team has published a report with...
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