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Todd Christopher Hawkins

Family Attorney at JOPLIN, MO

2.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2003
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Todd

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We understand your family is the most important aspect of your life. We know you are going through a difficult time. You have made the right decision to seek legal advice and our family law, criminal defense, estate planning, civil litigation, and mediation lawyer teams look forward to assisting you through your legal matter. Our attorneys and staff will strive to give you the attention your family needs in navigating the Missouri court system with a divorce, child custody, modification, paternity, DUI, DWI, traffic ticket, will, trust, power of attorney, settlement, mediation, or litigating in trial. We are located in the Chesterfield Village at 2202 W Chesterfield Blvd, Ste 200, Springfield, MO 65807 and our newest location 113 S Main Street in Joplin, MO 64801.

DEFENDING YOUR FAMILY – SPRINGFIELD – JOPLIN - LAWYERS & REECE FAMILY LAW  have 60+ years of combined experience in Family Law, Criminal Defense, Estate Planning, Civil Litigation, and Mediation to help you in the following areas:

• Divorce
• Paternity
• Custody
• Modification
• Mediation
• Legal Separation
• Child Support
• Maintenance / Alimony
• Adoptions
• Family Access / Contempt
• Grandparents Rights
• Name Change
• Juvenile Law
• Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO’s)
• Adult and Child Orders of Protection, Ex Parte
• Uncontested, Contested, Settled, & Trial Cases

• Traffic Ticket
• License Reinstatements
• Expungements – Many Felonies can be expunged after 7 years, misdemeanors 3 years
• Drug, Marijuana Charges
• Misdemeanor
• Felony
• Serious Crimes Against People
• Serious Crimes Against Property
• Federal Criminal Defense

• Wills
• Trusts
• Guardianships
• Power of Attorney
• Medical Directives
• Name Change
• Probate
• Prenuptial Agreements

• Business
• Civil Defense
• Employment
• Personal Injury
• Real Estate
• Renters

• Mediate all types of Family Law cases

DEFENDING YOUR FAMILY - SPRINGFIELD - JOPLIN - LAWYERS covers the Joplin/Neosho/Carthage regions of Southwest Missouri & REECE FAMILY LAW, LLC lawyers cover the Springfield/Ozark/Branson regions of Southwest Missouri.

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Defending Your Family - Springfield - Joplin - Lawyers
113 S Main St
JOPLIN, MO, 64801


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Posted by Julie | November 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Todd was a fantastic lawyer to me,he kept me upright and always,always kept me informed of my progress,things have worked out fantastic for us all in the end,so if you need someone to have your back this is the lawyer you need to have in your corner.thank you again todd and your firm. #happymom
Response from Todd Hawkins November 14, 2022
Julie, thank you for the great review. We appreciate it when our client recognize the hard work our attorneys and staff do.
Posted by Happy mother of 2 | March 11, 2014
Kind and Honest
I hired Todd about 7 months ago. He is still going strong for me and doing his best to help me with my family matter. He has always been honest and upfront with me. To this day we still have more court dates to battle and he is keeping me strong. " you have to conquer the small battles before u can win the war" this quote I truly believe. I have nothing negative to say about Todd or the office staff, they all know my struggle and heartache and have and will be there for me til the end. Thank you so much Todd and staff for everything ur doing for me and my little ones.
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Response from Todd Hawkins May 30, 2019
Todd appreciate's your kind words. We want you to know you we will strive to keep our standards and quality of work high for you. If you or anyone you knows ever needs any legal assistance, please contact us at his new office of Defending Your Family - Springfield - Joplin - Lawyers at 417-881-0881 or [email protected].
Posted by Justin | October 18, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Hello. EVERYONE PLEASE READ This guy here is a abouslety the worst, MrHawkins needs his Bar Revoked immediately. I just finished my custody case where my exwife was trying to get full custody of our children Mr Hawkins was representing her. Needless to say they ended up costing me thousands of dollars and multiple of arrest for false accusations to try and make me look bad as the father of the children, not counting endless amounts of motions were filed to the Jasper County courts just to try and intimate me to just hand over custody of my children so we wouldn't have to go to trial. Well I'm a real father that loves his children and will never hand over my children's rights to anyone. MR HAWKINS should be ashamed as a attorney or even as a man to be able to state he is there for your children best interest. He should have his BAR taken away immediately. There is a reason why he is no longer the judge in a local town. He is crooked and will try and intimate you to give you what he wants. So trial went thru and what does he do immediately after alittle over 2 yrs fighting to keep my rights as a father, before trial could even start he DISMISSES THE MOTION. KEEP IN MIND I HAVE SPENT $1000s of dollars for atty fees and false accusations and being arrested for him to at the very end to dismiss the case. He never had a leg to stand on. He will be reported to the BAR association immediately Thanks for the read hope this helps you pick a atty.
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Posted by Autumn | November 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would not hire again
I do not recommend Mr. Hawkins. He failed to communicate with me. During the divorce process I asked what sum my ex and his attorney were asking that I pay if we did not go to trial. He told me we would “figure out the totals later”. The total was an insane amount I would never had agreed to had I been properly informed. He then sent important sensitive documents to my ex rather than to me even after I repeatedly gave him my correct address. He was dismissive during the entire process. Absolutely zero empathy or respect. Had had to hire another attorney Patricia Loveland. This is the second review I had to write for him because he reported my first review. I find him to be unethical. I recommend Patricia Loveland. Do not under any circumstances hire this attorney.
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Response from Todd Hawkins November 15, 2022
We agree that you deleted your first review to delete our comments and repost to change a lot of your comments. The original post was not reported as stated, simply commented on. As we had said before, all judgments are reviewed with a client, a client reads them, and have to be signed by the client before they are submitted to the court for approval. An attorney represents a client's best interests, and sometimes that is be honest with them in court and protect them, not just do what they think is correct. Our attorneys will always follow the courts orders and request our client to provide the information requested, not just what a client thinks needs to be. A client must keep their address current with our office, or the mail will be sent to the last address on file as we do not know when they move. We understand you are upset as family law cases are difficult and emotional. We hope you find the peace that you need to move forward with your life.
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Get diffrent lawyer and firm
We did not have a good exsperince anytime i asked him todo something it was tooth and nail to get him and todd even put me on the spot and argued with me in the middle of a court session about private details i did not wanna share with the court we gave him a list of questions to be brought up during court sessions and out of 6-10/questions each time one question was asked... Next probelm is this we where quoted 2500$ for the case half way though the case we get a bill for $4130.58 and we did do.our best at the time to make payments but because of the case it hindered my work by 85% and they dropped us after taking our money... Get a diffrent lawyer firm.
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Response from Todd Hawkins November 14, 2022
I am sorry, but we are unable to contact you directly since you did not leave your real name. An attorney will act in the best interest of the client, and that sometimes is to be very real with them and the decisions they are making, and if the court is requesting information, we will abide by the court's request. Every client is given a fee agreement clearly stating how the fees work. This type case would have been contested and hourly billing per the fee agreement would have been incurred. Every client is given several notices to keep payments current. No client is only withdrawn from if the payments are kept current or working with our office on arrangements to pay.
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired Todd ($1500.00 up front) to defend me for Contempt of Court. I received 6 years of unpaid medical bills from my EX's lawyer. My EX was seeking $2100. I wanted an offset of expenses of $1000 and more visitation or an agreement to stop having visitations cancelled. Showed up to court, Todd, my EX and her lawyer went into mediation (without me in the room). He assured me that we had "won" and I was to pay $1500.00 (he had to give a little more to get a little more) and that he would send the paperwork detailing the agreement once it was drawn up. Weeks later, I had to contact him for the paperwork and received the "stipulation". I was given 7 days to pay $1500.00 to the court (at that time I was 10 days beyond the 7 days). The stipulation also stated that I would agree to pick up 50% of all extracurricular activities (PP states those costs come out of CS). No mention of an offset for the items I am/have been paying for. No mention of visitation. I contacted him about what he agreed to and he told me he "did what he could", and that the modification of visitation would require an additional visit to court...with additional costs. I paid $1500.00 to the court. I asked him to change the stipulation, he informed me that was not possible and it was legal and binding...IF I SIGNED IT... I thanked him for his time and excused him. He withdrew. My EXs lawyer filed a Motion to have me held in Contempt because I wouldn't sign what he agreed to. Todd made my situation worse. Answer your phone Todd.
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Response from Todd Hawkins May 30, 2019
Unfortunately, Family Law cases are complicated and stressful for everyone in the case. If you would like to contact us at his new office, Defending Your Family - Springfield - Joplin - Lawyers at 417-881-0881 or email at [email protected], we will have your call/email returned to answer any questions you may have.
Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Like finding a good dr, get several opinions and do your homework.
He handled my divorce. After I agreed to the ex's divorce terms as to who would get what and that there would be a standby at which time he would then be given his titles, my ex wouldn't answer his phone or respond to my text. I gave up. Then I received a contempt of court by his new attorney. I met with Mr. Hawkins and he said he would need $750 up front for court, paperwork, and contacting the ex's attorney. On court date, he told me we didn't have to go in the court room and that I could just sign over titles and house. Thinking he already had something for my ex to sign, i willingly obliged. Was I ever wrong! All I got was yes, he agreed to drop your things off in your yard. Days later I came home to a FEW broken and dismantled items that were dumped off in the yard. I met with Mr. Hawkins, explaining the situation and asking about credit cards that the ex agreed to pay off, he told me that it can't be enforced anyway and that although my contempt case didn't go before the judge (he called the ex's attorney and told her I would comply) he was justified in taking my $.
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Response from Todd Hawkins May 30, 2019
Contempt cases unfortunately can be uncivil and difficult to understand. Not all parties in a case do what they agree to and act inappropriately. We wish everyone would treat all parties and their property with the proper respect. Please contact us at his new office of Defending Your Family - Springfield - Joplin - Lawyers at 417-881-0881 or [email protected] if you need any further assistance.
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Posted by Keith | February 18, 2015
Simply put - he failed me.
Hawkins represented me for a divorce and child custody case. I was in a time crunch and he was quick to see me to take on my case. He even took on a flat fee that I paid upfront in full - which was a mistake. He paid more attention to my case that during that first meetiing than he did over the next 6 months combined. There were multiple times I needed guidance as how to approach a situation that was thrown at me and he was constantly unavailable. I would send multiple emails documenting correspondences with the respondent needing advice as how to proceed and wouldn't get a reply, if at all, weeks later. Very hard to track him down and once i was able to, he was distracted. It was apparent that the paralegals there were overworked by how cranky and grouchy they were. As a father, i had put myself in a great position by maintaining primary custody of my daughter while waiting for the court date. There was no preparation for court. When I met him in the courthouse lobby the morning of court, he had already worked out a settlement with the opposong attorney without my direction or input. I trusted him to take care of my best interests and instead I've unfortunately had to learn over the years that his advice and the course of action he took that day put me in a worst position long term when,amongst other things, he told me that it wasn't possible to put a provision in the settlement dictating where the child would go to school because "the judge wouldn't rule on that because the child wasn't of school age." This wasn't true and he hard sold me with lies to persuade me that there wasn't another realistic option but to settle. Now I live with those consequences.
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Response from Todd Hawkins May 30, 2019
Mr. Hawkins has changed offices, and we promise a kind friendly greeting when you come in. Unfortunately, Family Law cases are difficult and emotional. If you would like to contact us at his new office Defending Your Family - Springfield - Joplin - Lawyers at 417-881-0881 or email at [email protected], we will have your call/email returned to answer any questions you may have.
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AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Defending Your Family - Springfield - Joplin - Lawyers
  • 2019 - Present
  • Municipal Judge
  • City of Seneca
  • 2016 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Parrish, Cross, Genisio and Hawkins
  • 2008 - 2019
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Jasper County Prosecutors Office
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Missouri State Public Defender
  • 2003 - 2005
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  • University of Tulsa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Missouri Southern State University
  • B.S. Criminal Justice Administration
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Due to the sensitive nature of Family Law cases and privacy of children we do not publish case information online.


  • Jasper County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer."

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JOPLIN Family Lawyer Todd Christopher Hawkins
Todd Christopher Hawkins
Family Attorney
Licensed for 20 years
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