Nikki E. Hawkins is a Partner in the firm’s Jacksonville office where she focuses her practice on the defense of first party property and third party insurance claims. Ms. Hawkins handles property claims including, extra-contractual matters, insurance coverage claims, fraud and bad faith litigation. Additionally, she handles general liability claims including, motor vehicle liability and premises liability.
Ms. Hawkins represents insureds, self-insureds, individuals, domestic and public companies in a wide range of complex liability involving property and casualty matters. She has extensive experience handling first and third party claims such as motor vehicle accidents, trucking and transportation issues, municipality and claims involving injury and wrongful death. Ms. Hawkins defends retail and premises liability claims.
As a skilled litigator, Ms. Hawkins has tried many cases to verdict. She has handled and tried cases with issues of bad faith, including tender rejection cases, first party bad faith claims.
Ms. Hawkins received her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2009, and Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Prior to law school, her experience includes 18 years as a claims specialist and medical fraud investigator for a Fortune 500 insurer which affords Ms. Hawkins with a unique perspective and proficiency in the defense of first and third party insurance matters.
Outside of the courtroom, Ms. Hawkins is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and is admitted in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida.