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Barrett K. Hawks, Esq.

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Barrett Hawks, Esq. is a nationally recognized expert in the resolution of complex commercial and energy matters, with substantial experience in helping to resolve multi-party conflicts. Following a 44-year career first as a litigator and then as a transactional attorney, Mr. Hawks has provided mediation, arbitration and neutral analysis services since 2009. He has helped resolve numerous energy matters, both as an attorney and as head of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP’s Energy and Environmental Practice Group, and as an ADR specialist. He also has broad experience in resolving business/commercial conflicts.

Mr. Hawks’ experience includes service on corporate and non-profit boards, and thus he is keenly aware of the profoundly negative effect on business progress and profitability that legal disputes can have. He has worked closely with CEOs, inside counsel, and boards of directors to design business-based solutions to help energy companies avoid or mitigate conflicts.

Notably, Mr. Hawks established a national group of lawyers to represent the interests of large power suppliers to electric cooperatives located throughout the United States. His success in achieving consensus among multiple stakeholders in this industry established his reputation as a pre-eminent legal resource. This invaluable experience informs his approach to mediation and arbitration of energy disputes.

Mr. Hawks has also helped resolve a wide variety of other business and commercial conflicts, serving as a mediator, arbitrator, neutral analysis consultant, and advocate. His approach is practical, but also creative and persistent when required. His work also extends to numerous other organizations, including local governments, community and religious groups, and law firms.

Representative Matters

  • Mediated under the CPR Rules claims of approximately $10 million challenging how the costs of capital improvements to a generating project, owned by a midwest utility, had been passed through to a long-term power purchaser
  • Mediated under the CPR Rules claims for unpaid fees of an outsourcing provider under a contract with a New York-based business, as well as counter claims for mismanagement and fraud in excess of $20 million
  • Designed an ADR process and recommended an arbitrator to settle claims of over-charges of several million dollars under a long-term power purchase agreement
  • Served as chair of a party-appointed arbitration panel governed by JAMS Rules to arbitrate a claim by an investor in a closely held manufacturing business, located in the Southeast, in which the investor alleged that the financial statements did not conform to GAAP as warranted
  • Mediated claims of fraud and piercing the corporate veil, under the CPR Rules, brought by multiple parties against the sole shareholder/CEO of an Atlanta-based construction company after the company defaulted on construction contracts
  • Mediated under JAMS rules, a split up of an Intellectual Property Business, located in the Southeast in which the owners had lost trust and confidence in one another
  • Mediated the terms of a development agreement among four utilities to govern their plan to construct, own, and manage a multi-million dollar power plant
  • Served successfully as settlement counsel in a matter involving the allocation of costs between two power plant owners located in the Southeast
  • Successfully negotiated many disputes and conflicts between joint owners of power plants involving cost allocations, scheduling, maintenance, and construction of improvements to jointly-owned power plants
  • Provided neutral analysis services to inside counsel on dispute resolution strategies, such as stepped negotiations, early case evaluation, use of settlement counsel, and dispute resolution boards in a great variety of matters
  • Served as a standing neutral to the owner of a large, family-owned business with a national footprint to assist in evaluating business strategy, and conflicts over stock ownership and family trusts
  • Served as a neutral to a family in which certain members were threatening to contest a will
  • Honors and Professional Activities
    • Distinguished Neutral, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (“CPR”), Commercial (2003-present), Energy (2005-present)
    • Alumni Achievement Award, Emory Law School, 2013
    • Board of Advisors, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, 2008-2010
    • Advocates’ Task Force to the National Summit of the College of Commercial Arbitrators on Business-to-Business Arbitration, 2008-2009
    • Emory University Board of Visitors, 1997-2000
    • Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia, 1981-1988
    • Founding Fellow, Georgia Bar Foundation
  • Memberships
    • American, Georgia, and Atlanta Bar Associations, including the Dispute Resolution sections of each respective organization
    • Energy Bar Association
    • Electric Cooperative Bar Association
    • U.S. Supreme Court, Georgia Supreme Court, U.S. Northern District Court (Georgia), U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
    • Council Group, Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation of the American Bar Association (1993-present), Chair (2002-2007), Vice-Chair (2008-present), ADR Committee and Vice Chair (1993-present), Corporate Finance Committee
    • District of Columbia Bar Association (inactive)
  • Publications
    • “Best Practices for Avoiding, and Managing, Conflicts Involving a G&T and Its Members,” National Rural Electric Legal Reporting Service (January 2016)
    • “Manage Conflicts: Don’t Just Wait to Resolve Disputes – Part III,” DR Currents, Winter 2013
    • “Manage Conflicts: Don’t Just Wait to Resolve Disputes – Part II,” DR Currents, Winter 2012
    • “Manage Conflicts: Don’t Just Wait to Resolve Disputes,” DR Currents, Summer 2012
    • Contributor, “Recommendations from the Advocates’ Task Force to the National Summit of the College of Commercial Arbitrators on Business-to-Business Arbitration,” October 2009
    • “Arbitration of Disputes Between Co-ops and Members,” National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Legal Reporting Service, November 2003
    • Author (as Chair), Contributor (as Vice Chair) – Annual Reports, ADR Committee of the Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation of the American Bar Association
  • Presentations
    • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Seminars, “General Counsel to General Counsel: Best Practices for Avoiding, and Managing, Conflicts Involving a G&T and Its Members,” 2015 (Panel Chair)
    • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Seminars, “Avoiding and Managing Conflict: The Lawyer as Peacemaker,” 2013
    • Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association Presentation, “The New Rules for Expedited Dispute Resolution Procedures,” 2007 (Member of Panel)
    • Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association Presentation, “What Is the Energy Buzz,” 2006 (Member of Panel)
    • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution Presentation (CPR), “Advantages of ADR for Electric Cooperatives,” 2005
    • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution Presentation (CPR), “Dispute Resolution in the Energy Industry – Obstacles, Opportunities and Objectives,” 2004 (Panel Chair)
  • Partner, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, LLP, 1970-1982; 1993-2009
  • Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP, 1982-1993 (Atlanta Office Managing Partner and member of the firm’s governing board)
  • Served to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (Reserve)
  • Law Clerk to Justice Bond Almand, Georgia Supreme Court, 1963
  • LL.M., Harvard Law School
  • LL.B., first honor graduate, Emory University School of Law (Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Public Law)
  • B.B.A., Emory University School of Business

Counsel Comments

    “One of the outstanding energy experts around.”

    “His reputation and substantial experience as an arbitrator, particularly of energy, communications and utility disputes, is well known to me and many others.”

    “Barrett is able to analyze problems carefully and quickly, and find solutions that will have fair, long-lasting, workable and acceptable results.”

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