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Hon. James C. Hawks (Ret.)

Areas of Experience

Personal injury, medical malpractice, family law, construction, contracts, business dissolution, condemnation, real estate, FELA and the Jones Act.

Professional Experience

  • Certified Mediator, Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • Judge, Circuit Court of the 3rd Judicial Circuit of Virginia, 2006-2016. Chief Judge, 2010-2012.
  • Private Practice of law, City of Portsmouth, 1973-2006. General practice including personal injury, family law, real estate, corporate shareholder disputes and dissolutions, and criminal defense.
  • Served two terms (eight years) on the Portsmouth City Council.
  • Served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve.
  • Served as an Apprentice Ship Pilot, Virginia Pilot Association.


  • Former Member, Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association.
  • Former Member, Commission appointed to resolve the boundary dispute between Portsmouth and Chesapeake.
  • Former Member, Municipal Finance Commission.
  • Former Board Member, Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority.
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, London House.
  • Former Member, Portsmouth Kiwanis Club.


  • T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, J.D.
  • University of Virginia, B.A.

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