Hawkins, Jeff R.

Jeff R Hawkins
Jeff R. Hawkins

Practice Areas:
Elder Law, Estate and Business Planning, Civil Mediation

Firm: Hawkins Law PC
999 North Section Street, P.O. Box 382 Sullivan, IN 47882-0382
(812) 268-8777
Firm Website: http://hawkinslaw.com/

Jeff R. Hawkins is a partner in Hawkins Law PC, where he practices with his wife, Jennifer, primarily in the areas of elder law, estate and business planning, and civil mediation. He received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 1988 and his law degree from the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1992. He was admitted to practice in Indiana in 1992 and in Illinois in 2012.
The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) has engaged Jeff actively since 1993. His Board of Governors memberships span 1997-98, 2006-10, and 2012-16. He was elected Chair of the Probate, Trust & Real Property (PTRP) Section and the House of Delegates for 2009-10. He chaired the Professional Legal Education and Admission to the Bar Section (PLEADS) in its inaugural year, 2000-01, and the Young Lawyers Section for 1997-98. Jeff is also a member of the Business Law Section; Solo, Small Firm & General Practice; Agricultural Law; and Elder Law Sections. He has participated on the Clients Assistance Fund; Long-range Planning; Budget; Annual Meeting Planning; Specialization; and Attorney Surrogate Rule Committees.

The PTRP and Elder Law Sections engaged Jeff in the spring of 2012 as counsel to represent them as amici curiae (friend of the court) parties in estate’s appeal before the Indiana Supreme Court. The Indiana Supreme Court denied the main appellant’s petition for transfer, so Jeff wrote corrective legislation that the Indiana General Assembly passed in its 2013 legislative session.

ISBA members elected Jeff Vice President in 2012 at the 2012 Assembly Luncheon at the ISBA’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on October 26, 2012. Jeff became ISBA’s President at the ISBA’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on October 10, 2014.
The Indiana State Bar Association’s Trust & Estate Specialty Board certified Jeff as a Board Certified Indiana Trust & Estate Lawyer in 2007, elected him as a Board member in 2009, and elected him Co-Chairman in 2010 to serve until April 19, 2013.

Jeff is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Business Advice and Financial Planning, Elder Law, Real Estate Law, and Trusts and Estates Sections.
The Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education registered Jeff as a civil mediator in 2013.
Jeff was appointed in 2014 to the Indiana Supreme Court’s Pro Bono Reporting Task Force. The Supreme Court formed the task force to draft a rule proposal for mandatory reporting of pro bono service by Indiana lawyers.

The Indiana Super Lawyers magazine has included Jeff in its estate planning and probate lawyers list in its print and online listings for several years.
The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) has elected Jeff to its 2011 class of Fellows. Jeff is now one of ACTEC’s 41 Indiana Fellows. ACTEC is a national organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. information about ACTEC appears on the College’s website at: http://www.actec.org/default.asp.

Jeff is a member of American Bar Association Sections on Dispute Resolution, and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law; the Fellows of the Indiana Bar Foundation; the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (and its Indiana Chapter); the Sullivan County Bar Association; and the Terre Haute Bar Association.

Jeff volunteers as a participant in the Wabash Valley United Way’s Real Men Read program, in which male community leaders read a book each month through part of the school year to kindergarten students.

Jeff is served as a shepherd (elder) of the Westside Church of Christ in Sullivan, Indiana, for more than a decade.

EDUCATION:
BS Business,1988, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
JD, 1992, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

BAR ADMISSIONS:
Indiana and United States District Court Northern & Southern Districts of Indiana, 1992; and Illinois, 2012

MEMBERSHIPS:

Indiana State Bar Association:
Professional Legal Education, Admission & Development Section (Inaugural Chair, 2000-01); Probate, Trust, & Real Property Section, (Past Chair, 2009-10); Elder Law Section; Business Law Section; Agricultural Law Section; GP, Solo & Small Firm Section; ADR Section; Board of Governors (1996-98, 2006-10, and 2012-16); House of Delegates(Past Chair, 2009-10); and President (2014-15).

Illinois State Bar Association:
Business Advice and Financial Planning Section; Elder Law Section; Real Estate Law Section; and Trusts and Estates Section.

American Bar Association: Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section; Dispute Resolution Section; and House of Delegates (2014-15)
National Council of Bar Presidents (2014-15)
Indiana Supreme Court Pro Bono Reporting Task Force (2014)
Trust & Estate Specialty Board:(Past Co-Chair, 2010-13)
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel:(Fellow, 2011-present)
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys,Indiana Chapter
Indiana Bar Foundation:(Fellow, 2001-present; and Member of the Board of Directors, 2012-13)
Sullivan County Bar Association
Terre Haute Bar Association

REGISTRATION & SPECIALTY CERTIFICATION:
Registered Indiana Civil Mediator
Trust & Estate Specialty Board Certified Indiana Trust & Estate Lawyer

COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Westside Church of Christ, Sullivan, Indiana (Elder)
Sullivan Rotary Club (Past President, 2012-13)

Professional Associations:

American Bar Association

  • House of Delegates (2014-15)
  • Dispute Resolution Section
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Fellow)

Illinois State Bar Association

  • Business Advice and Financial Planning Section
  • Elder Law Section
  • Real Estate Law Section
  • Trusts and Estates Section

Indiana State Bar Association

  • President (Oct 2014 – Oct 2015)
  • House of Delegates (Chair, 2009-10)
  • Board of Governors (1997-98, 2006-10, Oct 2012-Oct 2016)
  • Probate, Trust & Real Property (Chair, 2009-10)
  • Professional Legal Education and Admission to the Bar Section (Chair, 2000-01)
  • Young Lawyers Section (Chair, 1997-98)
  • Business Law Section
  • Solo, Small Firm & General Practice (GP Hall of Fame, 2011)
  • Agricultural Law
  • Elder Law Section

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Indiana Chapter

National Council of Bar Presidents (2014-15)

Sullivan County Bar Association

Terre Haute Bar Association

Awards and Recognitions:

Indiana Bar Foundation (Fellow)

Indiana Super Lawyers magazine (estate planning and probate lawyers list)

Indiana Supreme Court’s Pro Bono Reporting Task Force (appointed in 2014)

Registered Civil Mediator