Attorney Mike Hawkins
Michael Hawkins brings his wealth of trial experience to protecting the rights of those who have been injured and are seeking redress by those who caused their injuries. Perhaps more importantly, he brings the mindset of a relentless advocate who has fought against the State for many years, to now representing the rights of those who have been injured and are up against insurance companies and corporations that should be held accountable to compensate them as victims.
Hawkins is a trial lawyer with over 24 years of experience. Hawkins cut his teeth as an advocate for victims as prosecutor, where he served as an Assistant Solicitor in DeKalb County, and an Assistant District Attorney in Rockdale County. After several years of representing the State of Georgia in criminal cases, he was made an offer he couldn’t refuse by a defense lawyer whom he had tried several cases against. The offer was to leave prosecution, and to undertake to protect the rights of those accused of DUI and related cases.
That was 20 years ago. Since then, Hawkins left that practice in 2008 to start his own law firm, and over a period of years rose to the top of his profession in the DUI defense arena. He established a national reputation as one of the most formidable lawyers in the country willing to take on the government and law enforcement where citizens have been wrongfully accused. He became board certified in DUI defense in 2001 and remains one of only four lawyers in Georgia to achieve board certification.
The insurance company lawyers are familiar with Hawkins, as he has been named a Super Lawyer for the last 13 years and is listed among the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Georgia by Atlanta Magazine for the last several years. Hawkins has also been named to the coveted Best Lawyers in America publication established by U.S. News & World Report.
If you or someone you know has been wrongfully injured by another, whether an individual or a business, you need an experienced trial lawyer like Mike Hawkins in your corner. Call the lawyers at Hawkins, Spizman, Fortas today for a free consultation to discuss what happened, what your rights are in the justice system, and how he and the team can maximize the compensation you are entitled to if you have been injured.
“Does exactly what he says he will”
Posted by John
June 28, 2017
After calling several highly recommended DUI attorneys and being disappointed in their lack of follow up, I was referred to Mike. Was told he’s a little more expensive than the average, but worth it in follow through and results. Hit the nail on the head, because Mike made himself accessible, gave me straight answers, and didn’t pawn me off to an assistant the moment I have him a deposit.
Mike ended up cutting a deal with the arresting officer and prosecutor to drop the DUI charge down to reckless driving with no license suspension. It was a good result considering. The key thing is, Mike made a very difficult situation have a good outcome, and most importantly communicated effectively throughout the process. It amazes me how many attorneys haven’t mastered the client communication skill set. I’d definitely recommend Mike.
“Best in Class DUI Defense”
Posted by Time
December 15, 2017
I was referred to Mike by a friend of the family after I was arrested for DUI. Mike returned my call immediately and quickly put me at ease about the process I could expect to go through. During our subsequent interview, Mike was straightforward and diligent with his questions. He charted out for me what I could expect in “best case” and “worst case” scenarios. He put a lot of time and attention into personalizing my “story,” which would eventually be presented to the prosecutor, and ultimately, the judge. Mike also did something which I now know was a game-changer: he laid out for me the precise actions I should take between our initial consult and my court appearance that would paint me in the most favorable light with the prosecutor and judge. And by following that “script,” I received the “best case” scenario sentence. Most importantly, however, I was not convicted of a DUI.
Mike’s straight shooter style sets him apart from the average defense attorney and has clearly established his credibility with the prosecutors and judges. His reputation actually precedes him; and he is absolutely fair with his rates. I hope I never need him again. But he would be my first call if I do or anyone I care about ever does.
Posted by anonymous
October 15, 2018
Mike is extremely knowledgeable and very experienced. Was able to get the case moved to the best venue and negotiated a favorable plea. He knows the law, knows the system and knows the people. It was the best possible choice to hire Mike. He has my highest recommendation.
“Our Beacon Of Hope”
May 3, 2016
In a difficult situation, Mike was honestly our beacon of hope. Not only is he knowledgeable with thorough experience, he is also friendly, down to earth and can explain things in layman’s terms. He has been in the business for so long and has forged many relationships with other attorneys, judges, and law enforcement, and has maintained a respected reputation with all parties. We were so impressed with his management of our legal situation, and we always felt understood. We cannot thank Mike enough for his dedication to us and his commitment to seeing us through to a positive outcome.