Rebecca Hawkins
Rebecca Hawkins
Special Counsel
Jackson Office
Phone: 601.968.5544
Fax: 601.944.7738
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Practice Areas
Education
Louisiana Tech University, 1987, B.A., summa cum laude
Mississippi College, 1990, J.D., with distinction
Admissions
Mississippi State and Federal Courts
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Professional Organizations and Special Designations
Mississippi Bar Association
Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
Mississippi Women Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (Appellate Advocacy Committee & Animal Law Committee)
American Bar Association Section of Litigation (Appellate Practice Committee)
Defense Research Institute (Appellate Advocacy Committee, Diversity Committee & Women in the Law Committee)
Publications and Seminars
Appellate Procedure in Mississippi, in SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING THE APPEALS PROCESS (National Business Institute 2009 and 2011)
How an Appellate Lawyer Can Help at Trial, 9 Fifth Circuit Civil News 1 (March 2009); co-author with Luther T. Munford
Superseding and Staying Judgments in Mississippi, in SUPERSEDING AND STAYING JUDGMENTS: A NATIONAL COMPENDIUM 277 (American Bar Association 2007)
Fundamentals of a Fifth Circuit Appeal in a Civil Case, in THE ESSENTIALS OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLATE PRACTICE 3 (National Business Institute 2002)
Note, Death on a Whim: Jury Discretion and "Especially Heinous" Crimes, 9 Miss. C. L. Rev. 357 (1989)
Notable Cases and Professional Accomplishments
Estate of Cole v. Ferrell, 163 So.3d 921 (Miss. 2012). Secured reversal of trial court decision refusing to preserve confidentiality of settlement agreement.
Grant v. Ford Motor Co., 89 So.3d 655 (Miss. App. 2012). Secured affirmance of summary judgment for defendant manufacturer in product liability suit.
Morgan v. Green-Save, Inc., 2 So.3d 648 (Miss. App. 2008). Secured reversal on appeal of jury verdict against real estate developer in suit alleging fraudulent concealment and misrepresentation. Court of Appeals rendered judgment in favor of developer.
Ford Motor Co. v. Tennin, 960 So.2d 379 (Miss. 2007). Secured reversal on appeal of order granting new trial to plaintiff after defense verdict.
Scordino v. Hopeman Brothers, Inc., 662 So.2d 640 (Miss. 1995) (as Rebecca L. Wiggins). Secured affirmance of directed verdict in favor of ship joiner subcontractor in asbestos litigation. Supreme Court held that subcontractor could not be strictly liable as it was not a manufacturer or seller of the asbestos- containing materials it supplied and installed as part of its contract to finish out ship interiors.
ABOUT Rebecca Hawkins

Becky practices in the areas of general liability and commercial litigation where she specializes in appellate advocacy. She has represented clients in numerous matters with regard to appellate issues and proceedings in both state and federal courts. In addition to handling post-judgment appeals, Becky also works with trial counsel in her firm and firms throughout the region in seeking emergency review of trial court orders entered before and during trial that address various legal questions ranging from venue and judicial recusal to discovery disputes, jury selection, and witness exclusions. She also assists trial counsel in ensuring that the court record adequately reflects the information needed for appellate review of any issues presented in the event of an appeal. Becky's appellate practice has covered a broad spectrum of cases including mass torts, products liability, insurance bad faith claims, arbitration, professional malpractice, wills and estates, and conservatorships. Representative matters: (a) Played a key role in the successful defense of a corporation in two trials and an appeal in the consolidated asbestos litigation in Jackson County, Mississippi. (b) Represented insurance carrier in the coverage litigation arising out of the environmental contamination of Love Canal in New York. (c) Assisted in successfully defending tobacco company in appeal brought by asbestos company following dismissal of its claims against tobacco defendants to recover billions of dollars paid to asbestos claimants for injuries asbestos company alleged were caused by cigarettes. (d) Has represented major automobile manufacturer in both direct and interlocutory appeals in state and federal appellate courts addressing various issues including discovery disputes, admission of evidence of driver intoxication in crashworthiness litigation, admission of expert testimony, and removal to federal court.

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