Richard F. Hawkins, III

Richard F. Hawkins, III (Richmond, Virginia)

Richard F. Hawkins, III

Attorney in Richmond, VA
"Legal Elite" (Virginia Business Magazine) in Labor and Employment (2008, 2011-2012, 2014-2015)

"Legal Elite" (Virginia Business Magazine) as Young Lawyer (2006)

Virginia Rising Star in 2011 by Virginia SuperLawyers Magazine in Employee Benefits/ERISA.

Speaker: "Corporate Witness Depositions," DRI Life, Health, Disability, and ERISA Seminar, Washington, DC, April 2015; Presenter, "Navigating the ACA [Affordable Care Act] for Employers," Sterling Education Services, Inc., Richmond, Virginia, April 2015; Presenter, "Keeping Up with the Courts -- Case Law Developments in Life, Health, Disability, and ERISA Law," DRI Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, October 2013; Speaker, "Labor and Employment Law 2013," Sterling Education Services, Inc., Richmond, Virginia, February 2013; Speaker, "Critical Employment Issues Facing State and Local Government Attorneys," Virginia Bar Association, VBA Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law, September 2011; Presenter, "The Do's, Don'ts, and 'Maybes' of Federal Court Practice in the Eastern District of Virginia," Richmond Bar Association, September 2005.

Notes Editor, Journal of Law and Politics.

Board of Directors, Petersburg Urban Ministries, 2006-2008.
804-308-3040 804-308-3040

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Labor and Employment
  • Noncompete Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Appellate Practice
  • Employee Benefits
  • Pension Plans
  • Disability Benefits
  • Life and Health Insurance
  • Insurance
  • Defamation

Overall Client Rating

in Labor and Employment and Employee Benefits
5.0 out of 5.0
Communication Ability
Quality of Service
Value for Money
  • Data based on 6 reviews
  • Recommended by 6 Client(s)
  • Last reviewed on 09/08/15
Posted by a Consumer on 09/08/15
5.0 out of 5.0
Attorney Richard Hawkins is an OUTSTANDING attorney!!! He is the BEST!!! I will continue to refer citizens to him. I have been knowing Attorney Hawkins for nine years. I pray that God will continue to bless Attorney Richard Hawkins and his family. Sincerely, Terry T. Hinton
Posted by a Consumer on 02/23/15
5.0 out of 5.0
Excellent professional attorney who really cares about his clients. I was very impressed with Mr. Hawkins skill as an attorney and compassion as a person with my case. He went above and beyond expectations.
Posted by a Consumer on 12/03/13
5.0 out of 5.0
Attorney Richard Hawkins is an outstanding attorney!
Posted by a Consumer on 07/26/12
4.8 out of 5.0
I enjoyed working with Attorney Hawkins. He helped me in a very difficult matter against the so called "Big Boys." He knew the law, communicated effectively with me and obtained a great result. I wholeheartedly recommend him.
Posted by a Consumer on 08/07/11
5.0 out of 5.0
The Brinks company where I worked in the Coal Mines for 23 years and got hurt in the Coal Mines and disabled. Brinks took my Pension after I had been drawing it for eight years. I tried to find help from all my local attorneys, The Labor Department. They could not or would not help me. I searched the Internet and found the pension and they helped me greatly and put me in touch with Richard Hawkins iii and he got my Pension back. That was after I tried for five years without any succes

Overall Peer Rating

in Employee Benefits, Labor and Employment and Litigation
4.8 out of 5.0
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  • Meets very high criteria of general ethical standards
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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1996, Virginia
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court
Law School Attended
University of Virginia
Class of 1996
Dillard Fellow Legal Research & Writing Instructor
University Attended
College of William & Mary
Class of 1993
magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Birth Information
Born in 1971
Richmond, Virginia, May 17, 1971
Associations & Memberships
Richmond Bar Association (Chair, Young Lawyers Section, 2009-2010; Chair-Elect, 2008-2009; Executive Committee, 2004-2010); Virginia Bar Association (Member: Labor Relations And Employment Law Section; Appellate Section); American Bar Association; Defense Research Institute (Member, Life, Health & Disability Law Committee).
Representative Cases
DEFAMATION/INSULTING WORDS: Goulmamine v. CVS Pharm., Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138359 (E.D. Va. Oct. 9, 2015); Trail v. General Dynamics Armament & Tech. Prods., 697 F. Supp.2d 654 (W.D.Va. 2010); Andrews v. Va. Union Univ., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40001 (E.D. Va. May 16, 2008); Hatten v. Campbell, 71 Va. Cir. 95 (2006)

CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION: Brooks v. Arthur, 626 F.3d 194 (4th Cir. 2010); Jackson v. Brickey, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54239 (W.D.Va. May 20, 2011); Jackson v. Brickey, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47087 (W.D.Va. May 2, 2011); Jackson v. Brickey, 771 F. Supp.2d 593 (W.D.Va. 2011)

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION: Horne v. Browder, 2015 Va. Cir. 117 (Prince George County Cir. Ct. Aug 4, 2015); Haven Shelter & Servs. v. Hay, 2008 Va. App. LEXIS 477 (Va. Ct. App. 2008); Brown v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 52 Va. Cir. 480 (2000)

ERISA/INSURANCE LITIGATION: Harrison v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 773 F.3d 15 (4th Cir. 2014); Childers v. United of Omaha Life Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24897 (S.D.W.Va. Feb. 22, 2013); Bess v. Mut. of Omaha Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134999 (S.D.W.Va. Nov. 22, 2011); Hill v. Commonwealth Health Corp., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62339 (S.D.W.Va. June 9, 2011); Phillips v. Brink's Co., 632 F. Supp.2d 563 (W.D. Va. 2009); Jefferson Pilot Fin. Ins. Co. v. Buckley, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44067 (E.D. Va. 2005); Vazquez v. Paul Revere Life Insurance Company, 289 F. Supp. 2d 727 (E.D. Va. 2001).

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Firm Address
The Hawkins Law Firm PC
2222 Monument Avenue,
Richmond, VA 23220-2724
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Richard F. Hawkins, III
The Hawkins Law Firm PC
2222 Monument Avenue,
Richmond, VA 23220-2724