James R. Hawkins



Jim Hawkins is a nationally recognized contract law expert, publishing articles on this topic in Science, the UCLA Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, and the Harvard Journal on Legislation, among many other journals.  He advises clients on transactional matters and litigation relating to contracts.  Frequently sought out as an expert on contract law and lending issues by the media, Jim has been quoted in a variety of newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post and has done presentations at CLEs and conferences, including at Yale, Harvard, and Stanford Law Schools.  He earned his JD from the University of Texas where he was first in his class, clerked for the Honorable Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, practiced law at North Rose Fulbright, and taught as a full professor at the University of Houston before joining Daniels & Tredennick.


J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2006. with highest honors

B.A., Baylor University, 2000, magna cum laude

Honors & Awards

Grand Chancellor (highest GPA in class after two years)
Chief Articles Editor, Texas Law Review
Winner of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers’ 2011 Writing Competition for “Best Professional Article.”

Court Admissions


Professional & Community Involvement

Faculty Mentor for Law Horns (2014-present)

Member of College of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board for Houston Christian University

Previous Affiliations

Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP (Associate)

The Honorable Jerry E. Smith, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Law Clerk (Judicial Clerk)

Williams & Connolly, LLP (Summer Associate)

Gibbs & Bruns, LLP (Summer Associate)