Jonathan Hawkins is a business-minded attorney, who helps his clients grow their companies. He focuses his practice on business, corporate and real estate law, and serves clients in a number of industries including manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, omni-channel and online retail, real estate development, and hospitality.
He ensures he understands his clients’ business goals as well as what keeps owners up at night. He takes a proactive approach in counseling clients on ways to achieve those goals while minimizing risk in an effort to save his clients money or create and take advantage of an opportunity to make more money.
Jonathan has more than a decade of experience leading companies and legal departments. Prior to joining Harper Bates & Champion, Jonathan served as an executive and general counsel for a global manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer of consumer products. He serves the role of general counsel for his clients as he has significant experience in handling and advising companies on all legal matters affecting businesses on a local, state, federal, and global level.
Jonathan’s experience leading companies and legal departments has allowed him to develop the practical skills required to strategically address common issues such as drafting and negotiating contracts efficiently, drafting employee handbooks and codes of conduct, providing support for Human Resources, risk management and insurance, corporate governance and entity formation, corporate and regulatory compliance, real estate transactions including, acquisition, financing, construction, development, leasing and sales – all while ensuring business objective achievement is the guiding light while handling legal issues for his clients.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Jonathan lives in Dallas with his wife and two sons. He enjoys golf, fly fishing, and is the drummer for a cover band that plays ‘80s and ‘90s rock.
Practice areasBusiness Law Commercial Law Contract Law Corporate Governance Corporate Compliance Regulatory Compliance Real Estate Law
- Association of Corporate Counsel
- Texas General Counsel Forum
- OnCon Senior Legal Council
- Corporate Lawyer Network
- Dallas Bar Association
- “Playing the legal game”, Vanguard, August 2019
- Pearson Partners International Spotlight Series – Legal Operations in Crisis Mode, June 2020
Admitted to Practice
- State Bar of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law, 2005
- B.A., History, Philosophy, Literature, University of Oklahoma, 2002