Fred Hawkins

Fred Hawkins brings over 25 years of civil trial experience to the Lakeside Mediation Center. He has successfully resolved numerous high-profile lawsuits in both state and federal court and tried more than 50 jury trials. Fred has represented governmental entities and individuals in both criminal and civil cases and worked both sides of the docket in state courts across Texas. Fred has earned the reputation of being knowledgeable, straightforward, honest, and an excellent trial attorney.

Fred started his legal career as a prosecutor with the Travis County Attorney’s Office. Later, he became an Assistant Attorney General and traveled the state representing state agencies and their employees. He has tried cases from the Panhandle to the Valley and everywhere in-between. Fred moved from the Attorney General’s Office to the City of Austin’s Law Department, where he defended the City and its employees in a wide variety of complex lawsuits, including constitutional claims, environmental lawsuits, employment matters, contracts and personal injury claims

Fred has been an adjunct training instructor for the Austin Police Department for over 10 years and is a frequent speaker on topics such as supervisory liability, constitutional claims, civil liability, tort claims, governmental immunity, report writing, and risk management issues. Fred was honored to be selected as a member of the Federal Court’s Western District Merit Selection Panel, which interviewed prospective federal magistrate candidates in 2003. He was awarded the Austin Police Department’s Chief’s Community Service Award in 2006.

Fred loves to play sports and every week mediates between the willingness and desire of his brain to engage in sports and the realities and limitations of his body to recuperate from them.

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  • B.A. Texas Tech University 1981
  • J.D. University of Houston Law Center 1984
  • Bar Admissions:
    • All Texas Courts
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
    • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Fee Schedule

  • 2 PARTY CASE – full day – $1050.00 per party
  • 3 OR MORE PARTIES – full day – $950.00 per party
  • 2 OR PARTIES OUTSIDE OF TX – full day – $2000.00 per party plus travel expenses
  • 2 PARTY CASE – half day – $600.00 per party
  • 3 OR MORE PARTIES – half day – $500.00 per party
  • Rocket Docket – 3 hours -$450.00 per party
  • Pre-Suit Mediation – 2 hours – $250.00 per party

Mediation Fee: Covers the cost of the mediation session, time spent reviewing pre-mediation submissions (up to two hours), a limited amount of post-mediation follow-up, and scheduling and administration services. Full day mediation fees also include lunch. A full-day mediation session lasts up-to eight (8) hours and a half-day mediation session lasts up-to four (4) hours. Each hour thereafter is billed at a rate of $350.00 per hour, divided equally by the parties.

Pre-Suit Mediation Fee: Covers the cost of a two-hour pre-suit mediation conference in matters involving simple disputes. We believe the majority of these disputes can be resolved in a 2 hour mediation conference. However, if a resolution is not reached but progress is made, then you have the option of scheduling another 2 hour session at the same rate.

“Rocket Docket” Mediation: The Lakeside Mediation Center‘s Rocket Docket Program is designed to provide an alternative means of resolving disputes with lower amounts in controversy, which were previously referred to Settlement Week for mediation. For those cases that meet the Rocket Docket Profile, we will offer a mediation session for up-to three (3) hours at a reduced rate of $450 per party. The submission will be simplified, and the mediation position submissions may be made via e-mail or fax on a streamlined position statement form. Parties with multiple cases may schedule up-to three different cases on the same day in order to maximize the benefits of the Rocket Docket Program.

Cancellation and Rescheduling Fees: After mediation is scheduled and notices of the mediation are sent, no cancellation fee shall be charged if the mediation is cancelled or rescheduled at least fourteen (14) days prior to the scheduled mediation date. Such cancellation or rescheduling must be in writing. If the mediation is cancelled or rescheduled within 14 days of the scheduled mediation date, a cancellation fee of fifty percent (50%) of the daily rate per party shall be charged to each party. If the mediation is cancelled within forty-eight (48) hours of the scheduled mediation date, the full mediation fee shall be charged to each party.

Multiple Day Mediations: If two or more days of mediation are scheduled, the parties shall be responsible for their portion of the Mediation Fees for all days reserved, regardless of the length of the actual mediation session. The cancellation or rescheduling fee described above shall apply to the total fee for all reserved days.

Travel Expenses & Facility Fees: If the mediation session occurs outside Austin, all travel expenses are charged to the file (air fare, mileage, meals, lodging, ground transportation, etc.) and are divided equally among the parties. There is no charge for travel time unless more than 4 hours of travel is required. After 4 hours, travel time will be billed at a rate of $125.00 per hour. The parties shall be responsible for all facility costs for mediations not held at Lakeside Mediation Center as well as for all costs associated with lunch, food and beverages for mediations not held at Lakeside Mediation Center.

Administrative Fees: In the event any party utilizes a third party administrator, then that party will be responsible for the payment of any fees (percentage or otherwise), expenses or added costs charged by the third party administrator.

Post Mediation Follow-Up: In cases in which progress is made, but the dispute is not resolved at the mediation session, there is no charge for up to 1.5 hours of post-session follow-up calls and written correspondence. All post mediation follow-up beyond 1.5 hours will be billed at a rate of $350.00 per hour and divided equally by the parties. All rules and agreements regarding confidentiality which apply to the mediation session also apply to the post-mediation follow-up.

Payment: Mediation Fees are due on or before the day of the mediation session. Travel expenses and any facility fees, post mediation follow-up time, and related charges will be billed after the mediation session. Payment for these expenses are payable upon receipt of the bill. Payment can be made by cash or check. Make checks payable to Fred Hawkins. Tax ID number is available upon request.

Holding Dates: A party may request to hold a mediation date for up to forty-eight (48) hours from the time of the request. If the requesting party does not confirm the date in writing within 48 hours, the requested date may be given to other parties requesting the date.

Acceptance of Fees & Terms: By scheduling mediation you are agreeing to the fees, terms and conditions contained in this Fee Schedule & Terms sheet.

Areas of Mediation Experience

All civil disputes, including:

  • Personal Injury
  • Business
  • Premise Liability
  • Contracts
  • Negligence
  • Water Rights
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Constitutional Rights
  • Tort Claims
  • Environmental
  • Employment
  • Construction