Randall M.Hawkins (Randy)

Counsel

Atlanta + 1.404.581.8406

Randy Hawkins is a litigator with more than a dozen years of experience representing clients in high-stakes complex litigation. He has defended clients in several "bet the company" cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars in claims. He has represented clients in state and federal courts, at mediation, and before arbitration panels and has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. His practice covers a variety of legal areas, including products liability, construction, antitrust, employee benefits, and commercial contract disputes. Randy has significant experience coordinating and managing complex litigation and has defended some of the Firm's biggest clients in cases involving hundreds (sometimes thousands) of individual plaintiffs. Most recently, he has played a leading role in the Firm's representation of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, managing and coordinating the motions practice for hundreds of "Engle progeny" cases in state and federal courts across Florida.

Randy is also active in the Firm's pro bono practice. He has represented individuals and nonprofit organizations in a number of civil rights matters, including cases involving constitutional issues of first impression and matters receiving national attention.

Randy is involved in his community as well. He serves as Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships for The Chris Draft Family Foundation — a national nonprofit founded by former NFL linebacker Chris Draft, dedicated to tackling cancer. He also speaks at Atlanta-area schools about the legal profession and the importance of education and is the head coach of the Marietta Blue Devils youth football team.

Experience

  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Massachusetts wrongful death lawsuitOn March 27, 2019, following nearly four weeks of trial, a jury in state court in Dedham, Massachusetts returned a defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, in a wrongful death case.
  • Yamaha successfully defends nationwide litigation of product liability cases and claims involving the Rhino side-by-side ("SxS") vehicleJones Day leads Yamaha's defense of Rhino cases and claims pending in the United States.
  • The Southern Company defends action brought by its former subsidiary Mirant CorporationJones Day represented The Southern Company in a $2 billion action brought on behalf of its former subsidiary Mirant Corporation alleging, among other things, that Southern caused Mirant to engage in fraudulent transfers and aided and abetted Mirant to breach fiduciary duties.
  • UPM-Kymmene defends against pressure-sensitive labelstock antitrust class action litigationOn behalf of UPM-Kymmene and its subsidiary, Raflatac, Jones Day serves as global coordinating and trial counsel in connection with multiple federal and state cases brought as class actions and alleging price fixing and market allocation surrounding the sale of pressure-sensitive labelstock.
  • Women's advocacy group wins challenge against international marriage brokerJones Day Atlanta attorney Randy Hawkins represented the Tahirih Justice Center, a nonprofit women's advocacy group, as an intervenor-defendant, in a case challenging the constitutionality of the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 ("IMBRA").
  • Georgia Tech Facilities prevails against construction group seeking damages for project delayJones Day represented Georgia Tech Facilities, Inc., in this construction case concerning the construction of student housing on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • The Southern Company wins summary judgment in $1 billion ERISA stock drop class actionSummary judgment was granted to Jones Day client The Southern Company in a lawsuit that was completely dismissed because the plaintiff failed to exhaust the 401(k) plan's claim review procedure before filing suit.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • March 23, 2011
      May It Please the Court, NBI Seminar on Effective Case Presentation at Trial