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            I am a civil mediator in Indiana and Illinois with more than two decades of practice experience in trust, estate, business, municipal, real estate, and elder law.

            My wife and law partner, Jennifer Hawkins, formed Hawkins Law PC with me in 2001 as a boutique trust, estate, and elder law firm in Southwestern Indiana. Both lawyers are Trust & Estate Specialty Board Certified Indiana Trust & Estate Lawyers. Both lawyers practice throughout Southwest Indiana and I practice throughout Southeast Illinois. I am also an Indiana Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

            Dispute resolution has become one of my passions. I accept engagements throughout Indiana and Illinois for pre-suit and litigation settlement mediation. More than 20 years of experience in trust, estate, business, municipal, real estate, and elder law has equipped me with an unusually broad and deep understanding of those practice areas.

            My volunteer service in the Indiana State Bar Association and its affiliated organizations has extended throughout my career. From my early service as a member of the Young Lawyers Section Council in the early 1990s to recent role as President of the Indiana State Bar Association (October 2014 - October 2015), I have accumulated a national network of public service colleagues.

            The responsibility that I value most beyond my household is my leadership of the Westside Church of Christ in Sullivan, Indiana, as one of its elders. Preaching, teaching children’s classes, and counseling congregation members of all ages is a pastoral calling in which my fellow elders and I engage earnestly.


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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 45%
  2. Estate Planning: 45%
  3. Mediation: 5%
  4. Business: 5%



Hourly ($250/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

999 North Section Street
P.O. Box 382
Sullivan, IN, 47882-0382


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law201205/17/2016
INActive In Good Standing199207/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified Indiana Trust & Estate LawyerIndiana State Bar Association Trust & Estate Specialty Board2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHawkins Law PC2001 - Present
PartnerRowe & Hawkins LLC1992 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Indiana State Bar AssociationImmediate Past President2015 - Present
Terre Haute Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution SectionMember2014 - Present
Indiana State Bar Association, Agricultural Law SectionMember2004 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2004 - Present
Indiana State Bar Association, Elder Law SectionMember2002 - Present
Sullivan County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Indiana State Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember1992 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMember1992 - Present
American Bar Association House of DelegatesDelegate2014 - 2015
Indiana State Bar AssociationPresident2014 - 2015
Indiana Bar FoundationBoard Member2012 - 2013
Indiana State Bar Association Trust & Estate Specialty BoardPast Co-Chair2010 - 2013
Indiana State Bar Association, House of DelegatesPast Chair2009 - 2010
Indiana State Bar Association, Probate, Trust and Real Property SectionPast Chair2009 - 2010
Indiana State Bar Association Board of GovernorsMember2006 - 2010
Indiana State Bar Association, PLEADS SectionPast Chair2001 - 2002
Indiana Continuing Legal Education ForumBoard Member1998 - 1999
Indiana State Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionPast Chair1998 - 1999
Indiana State Bar Association Board of GovernorsMember1997 - 1999
Publication nameTitleDate
Res GestaeIndiana Matrimonial Trusts: TBE Plus2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of LouisvilleLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Indiana UniversityBusinessBS - Bachelor of Science1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sherman Minton American Inn of CourtEstate Planning in 2015 - How to Pivot2015
Indiana State Bar Association Talk to a Lawyer volunteer trainingTalk to an Estate Planning Lawyer2014
ISBA Solo & Small Firm ConferenceLife After Death Taxes2013
ISBA Solo & Small Firm ConferenceRural Law Practice2013
ICLEF: Medicaid, SSI & VA BenefitsBasic Indiana Medicaid Rules and Procedures for Long-Term Care Health Benefits2012
ICLEF: Elder Law InstituteLife After Death Taxes2012
ISBA Solo & Small Firm ConferenceWealth Transfer Tips, Tricks & Taxes2011
ISBA Annual MeetingMedicaid Perspectives on Asset Ownership & Estate Recovery in Transition2011
ICLEF: Asset ProtectionPersonal Asset Protection2011
ICLEF: 120 Hot Tips in Estate PracticeHot Tips in Estate Planning2011
Stock Yards Bank: 2010 Estate & Tax SeminarIndiana Transfer on Death Act2010
ICLEF: Advanced Elder LawCreative Non-Probate Strategies in Long-Term Care Planning2010
IBA: Indiana Transfer on Death ActIndiana Transfer on Death Act2010
Estate Planning Council of IllianaIndiana Transfer on Death Act2010
Probate Specialization TrainingMultiparty Accounts and Transfer on Death Property Act2009
Probate Specialization TrainingGuardianship Law2008
ICLEF: Elder Law InstituteElder Law Ethics2008
Probate Specialization TrainingGuardianship Law2007
Managing & Counseling Law Firm StartupsLaw Firm Management2007
Lawyer's Role in the Life of an Indiana BusinessBusiness Succession Planning2007
Estate Planning & Administration PotpourriBusiness Succession Planning2007
Ethics UpdateEthics Update2005
Elder Law InstituteElder Law Ethics2004
Revocable Living TrustsEstate Planning2003
Debate on Professional Liability InsuranceDebate on Professional Liability Insurance2003
Advanced Elder LawElder Law Ethics2003
2002 Practice Skills SummitBusiness Entity Formation2002
13th Annual Year in ReviewEstate planning and administration2002