Mark Hawkins is an experienced trial attorney and mediator, and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Mark’s member profile and mediation calendar can be found on the NADN site.

Mark practices in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and all aspects of construction law. A significant portion of Mark’s work also involves work as general counsel for mixed-use developments and residential condominium regimes, such as Seaholm Residences Residential Condominium Community, Inc., The Independent Condominium Community, Inc., Fifth & West Residential Condominium Community, Inc., Block 188 Residential Condominium Community, Inc. (Austin Proper), Lakeway Marina Village Condominium Association, Inc., and 70 Rainey Residences Condominium Community, Inc., along with smaller commercial and residential associations. Mark is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® published by Woodward/White, Inc. (2012 – present) for his work in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Law. Mark has also been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers® published by Thompson Reuters (2016 – present) in Business Litigation, and is listed as a Top Attorney by Austin Monthly magazine (2019 – present). In addition, for over twenty-five years Mark has represented defendants and plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury cases throughout the State of Texas, including natural gas explosions, fire cases, and products liability.

Representative Experience

Mark has tried dozens of lawsuits before juries, judges, and arbitrators for plaintiffs and defendants. Representative lawsuits include the following:

  • Successfully represented a national highway contractor in a joint venture dispute over a multi-billion dollar design-build toll road
  • Defended military defense contracting company against claims by subcontractor involving design and installation of microware communication system for US ally, obtaining arbitration award for client denying all of subcontractors claims
  • Obtained a gross negligence jury verdict against Union Pacific Railroad for harm sustained by a pedestrian
  • Defended a national highway contractor in a lawsuit by a fiber optic telecommunications company alleging damage to infrastructure during construction of a toll road in Harris County, obtaining jury verdict for client on all of plaintiff’s claims
  • Obtained a jury verdict and damages for a natural gas company against a contractor that damaged gas transmission infrastructure
  • Successfully defended real estate developers in trials brought by adjoining landowners, contractors, and lenders (including matters involving the release of personal guaranties)
  • Successfully tried numerous commercial tenant disputes (for both tenants and landlords), including billboard, office, and retail lease disputes
  • Defended highway contractors, excavators, concrete companies, and both regional and national home building companies in numerous lawsuits and arbitration proceedings, including construction defect claims, earnest money disputes, contractor payment disputes, mechanic’s lien claims, and breach of contract claims

Professional/Community Involvement

Texas Super Lawyers® published by Thompson Reuters (2016), Business Litigation

Best Lawyers in America (2012 – present), Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Law

Austin Monthly, Top Attorney (2019 – present)

National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Member (Mediation)

Leadership Austin (2004)

Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas

Texas Bar Foundation Fellow

Admirals Club of Austin

Mobile Loaves and Fishes

Alpha Prison Ministry

Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Former Director

Mediation Profile and Calendar