Jones Foster, a private and commercial law firm based in West Palm Beach, Florida, is proud to announce that Vice Chair and Litigation Shareholder Scott G. Hawkins was recognized by Florida Trend magazine as a Legal Elite NOTABLE Managing Partner in the inaugural special section of its 65th Anniversary issue.
Scott was one of only 90 managing partners selected from leading law firms across Florida. Nominations were vetted by Florida Trend editors utilizing specific criteria which included, but were not limited to attorneys who have made a significant impact in their field; mentored other attorneys; promoted inclusive practices in the workplace; and demonstrated leadership in professional organizations and civic/community service initiatives.
Scott has served the legal industry and business community throughout his nearly 40-year legal career through esteemed leadership roles including past president of The Florida Bar; the Palm Beach County Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Section; past director of The Florida Bar Foundation; and past chair of the Search Committee for the current Executive Director of The Florida Bar. Scott is actively involved in the Economic Council of Palm Beach County where he is a member of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He is currently chair of the Council’s Political Action Committee and is a past chair of the Governance Committee and Policy Committee.
Additionally, Scott has a longstanding commitment to higher education. He is a current trustee and past chair of both the Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Board of Trustees and the University of Florida College of Law’s Board of Trustees; a member of the Council of Advisors for the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service; and a past chair of the University of Florida Foundation. He also served on search committees for a UF Law Dean and two PBAU presidents.
A Florida Bar Board Certified business litigation attorney, Scott represents public and private companies in a variety of industries, including technology, medical, environmental, real estate, land use, insurance, and military. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property, trade secret disputes, trademark infringement, covenants not to compete, securities, real estate litigation, and claims arising under ERISA Plans. Scott regularly serves as attorneys’ fees counsel and as an expert witness and has been appointed by the courts as a receiver, trustee, statutory investigator (corporate derivative disputes), mediator, and special master given his experience, ethics, and judgment.
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