Johnny Hawkins is a Detroit-area personal injury lawyer with over twenty years of experience. Known to many as “The Warrior Lawyer,” Mr. Hawkins has cultivated a reputation as an attorney committed to providing exceptional legal services and who is willing to fight for his clients both inside and outside the courtroom. The founder of The Law Office of J L Hawkins PLLC, he has been named to the Top 100 lists of both the National Trial Lawyers™ and the National Black Lawyers™, Mr. Hawkins is also a member of Lawyers of Distinction, an honor limited to the top 10% of lawyers in the United States.
As Mr. Hawkins tells it, his decision to pursue a career in law stemmed both from his intellectual curiosity and his desire to serve others:
I'm one of those guys that’s both left and right brained. I served my country and got a business degree. After I earned my degree, I wanted to continue serving people. I wanted to be a complete citizen, and I felt the best way of doing that was to make sure that I knew the laws of the land. That’s ultimately what compelled me to go to law school.
Since earning his Juris Doctor from Michigan State College of Law in 1996, Mr. Hawkins has carried with him the same tenacity and sense of duty as he did while serving in the military. He prides himself on being a methodical and strategic trial lawyer who always puts the best interest of each client first.
Mr. Hawkins founded The Law Office of J L Hawkins PLLC soon after graduating from law school. Today, his practice focuses primarily on personal injury law, including cases involving automobile accidents, wrongful death, and catastrophic injuries, as well as matters of civil litigation, civil rights law, and probate law. Additionally, Mr. Hawkins is often called upon to serve as either the Chief Advisor, Negotiator, Public Relations Specialist or Lead Pitchman for various high-level entrepreneurs, business professionals, public figures, and celebrities.
Mr. Hawkins differentiates himself from other attorneys in his field through his commitment to providing industry-leading legal representation to every retained client. He has made it his standard practice to be extremely selective when choosing the cases he and his team decide to take on so that he can give each client the attention and personalized service they deserve. He notes:
My focus is on providing my clients with quality representation. I would rather focus on five cases a year than twenty-five if that means I can do a better job. For me, it's all about the cause of the client. I strive to provide exceptional service to every single person I represent.
This commitment has not gone unnoticed by clients. For his outstanding service, Mr. Hawkins has received a Client’s Choice Award from Avvo where he maintains a 10.0 rating and has been listed among the 10 Best in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys™ for two years running.
After more than two decades dedicated to law, Mr. Hawkins shows no signs of slowing down. In the coming years, he intends to continue his focus on quality, no matter the complexity of a case.
Beyond his law practice, Mr. Hawkins is also an active member of his community and prides himself on being a cheerful giver. He says:
After my passion and purpose of providing quality service as a trusted and reliable problem solver for those who have been seriously injured, I feel it is my moral obligation to always find the time to give back financially to those members within the local community who are less fortunate.
Education & Certification
Steve Harvey Success Institute, Certificate, Personal Awareness and Self-Improvement, Honors
Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 1996
Wayne State University, B.S., Labor Relations & Human Resources, 1992, National Honors Society
Professional Memberships & Associations
Board Member, Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ, formerly Michigan Trial Lawyers Association)
Awards & Honors
Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers™ • 10 Best in Client Satisfaction (2016-2017), American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys™ • Top 100, The National Black Lawyers™ • 10.0 Avvo Rating • Client’s Choice Award, Avvo • Lawyers of Distinction