D. Jason Hawkins

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Jason Hawkins has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation.  He has handled complex business and commercial litigation cases involving a wide variety of claims, including breach of contract, fraud, intellectual property, real property, commercial torts and professional liability claims, among others.
 
Jason has represented clients in state and federal courts, including trials, arbitrations, temporary restraining orders, injunctions, actions for declaratory relief, appeals, and settlements.  His clients range from individuals to small and medium-sized businesses, large corporations and governmental entities.
 
As part of his commercial litigation practice, Jason recently represented a commercial general contractor and its president in a five-week jury trial involving a series of contractual and commercial claims asserted by a competitor.  Not only were his clients held not liable under each of the claims brought by the competitor, the jury verdict in excess of $13 million, including $5 million in punitive damages, was entered in favor of his clients.

Jason also represented hundreds of the victims of the 2012 Wood Hollow Fire in Central Utah (which destroyed dozens of homes, recreational properties, agricultural businesses, and more), recovering significant amounts on behalf of his clients.
 
In addition to his litigation practice, Jason also counsels individuals and business entities in the areas of corporate, real estate and contract law.

Education

  • J.D., Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark School of Law, cum laude, 2001
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, Dean’s List Scholar, 1998

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Utah State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • Utah Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • Sherman A. Christensen, American Inn of Courts
  • Recognized as Utah Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine
  • Recognized as a Utah Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine

Unique Recognition – Education

  • Law School: Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark School of Law, 2001
    • Dean’s List Scholar
  • SIRQ, Inc. v. The Layton Companies, Inc., 2016 UT 30.
  • Utah Dept. of Transp. v. Admiral Beverage Corp., 2011 UT 62.
  • Strawberry Water Users Ass’n v. U.S., 576 F.3d 1133 (10th Cir. 2009).
  • Barnard v. Mansell, 221 P.3d 874 (Utah Ct. App. 2009).
  • Alpha Partners, Inc. v. Transamerica Inv. Mgmt., L.L.C., 153 P.3d 714 (Utah Ct. App. 2006).
  • Cache County v. Beus, 128 P.3d 63 (Utah Ct. App. 2005).
  • Haymond v. Bonneville Billing & Collections, Inc., 89 P.3d 171 (Utah 2004).

Commercial Litigation  Successfully defended against contract, trade secret and other tort claims asserted against former president of the company and his subsequent employer.  Successfully asserted business tort and contract counterclaims.  After a five-week trial, the jury returned with a multi-million dollar verdict in favor of the firm’s clients.

Commercial Litigation  Represented a manufacturing company in a dispute over commissions allegedly owed to former salesperson, involved a week-long jury trial.