Christopher D. Hawkins

For more than fifteen years I have represented attorneys, architects, engineers, surveyors, real estate professionals, and independent insurance claims adjusters on litigation, professional responsibility, and risk management matters. I have also worked extensively on construction claims and mechanics’ lien matters. 
 
In my role as a counselor, I have advised design professionals and technology businesses on contracts, risk management, policy development, and regulatory matters. My practice has been diverse over my 25-year career, including First Amendment issues, environmental, white collar criminal defense, personal injury, employment, premises liability, and a host of other issues.
 
I am admitted to practice in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut, and have litigated cases in each of these states. I have been fortunate to litigate cases in Vermont, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, and the United Kingdom.
 
I have published several articles and have presented numerous seminars to lawyers, engineers, and contractors on drones, contract law, risk management, professional liability and ethics, and other topics. I am Vice Chair of the New Hampshire Bar Association Ethics Committee and a member of the Legal Counsel Forum of the American Council of Engineering Companies, the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, and the Charles C. Doe Inn of the American Inns of Court.
 
While I enjoy traveling and serving my client’s diverse interests within the region and around the world, I inherited from my parents a deep sense of responsibility to my local community. I have held, and continue to hold, several elected and appointed leadership positions in my community.

Representative Clients

  • Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Retail Control Systems, Inc.
  • Doucet Survey, Inc.
  • Liberty International Underwriters, Inc.
  • University System of New Hampshire
     

Videos

Speaking Engagements

  • "Engineering Law and Ethics", Halfmoon Seminars, September 5, 2019
  • "Legal Ethics:  Top Challenges", National Business Institute, June 20, 2019
  • "Legal Ethics and Litigation Issues Regarding Media Relations", NH Bar Association Leadership Academy, March 7, 2019
  • "Legal Ethics: Hot Topics and Current Events," National Business Institute, June 19, 2018
  • “Legal Ethics: Top Challenges,” National Business Institute, June 21 & 22, 2016
  • "Drone Law: New Challenges, New Opportunities," NH Bar Association, December 2, 2015
  • “Legal Ethics:  Top Mistakes that Lead to Malpractice,” presented June 18, 2015
  • “New Hampshire Engineering Law and Ethics,” presented September 17, 2014
  • “Mechanics Liens in New Hampshire,” presented on July 10, 2014
  • “Legal Ethics:  Top Challenges,” presented on June 13, 2014
  • “Legal Ethics:  Hot Topics and Current Events,” presented June 14, 2013
  • “Fundamentals of Construction Contracts,” presented April 27, 2011
  • “AIA Contracts:  AIA Document B141-1997 – the Owner/Architect Agreement,” presented May 25, 2005

Publications

  • "State and Local Regulation of Drones in New Hampshire," New Hampshire Municipal Association, July 11, 2017
  • "Managing the Legal Risks of Drone Use," NH Realtors, October 31, 2016
  • SLIDESHARE: "Legal Issues Related to Use of Drones," Devine Millimet, August 24, 2016
  • "NH Bar Ethics Commitee: Client File Retention," NH Bar Association, June 20, 2016
  • "Cyber Liability for Data Security Breaches," MassBar Journal, April 15, 2016
  • "Emerging Use of Drones Raises Insurance Issues," NH Bar Review, January 21, 2016
  • "Dormant Mistakes: The Statues of Limitations in Professional Liability Cases," NH Bar Journal, December 7, 2015
  • "The Opportunities and Challenges of Drones," NH Business Review, August 13, 2015
  • “The Statute of Limitations in Professional Negligence:  Discovery, Fraudulent Concealment, and the Continuous Representation Rule,” submitted for publication in the New Hampshire Bar Journal, 2015
  • “The Case within the Case:  Examining How New Hampshire Courts Approach the Trial of a Legal Malpractice Claim,” New Hampshire Bar Journal, April 2012, with John C. Kissinger, Esq. and Samantha Lincoln., Esq.
  • “Consumer Protection Act Applied to Abusive Litigation Tactics,” New Hampshire Bar News, April 15, 2015, with Paul J. Bauer, Esq.
  • “Does your Professional Liability Policy Cover Security Breaches?,” New Hampshire Bar News, August 20, 2014
  • “ABA Opinion on Online Juror Research Stricter than NH Opinion,” New Hampshire Bar News, July 16, 2014
  • “A Fresh Look at Mary Carter Agreements,” New Hampshire Bar News, January 2014
  • “Important Changes to Federal Court Jurisdiction and Venue,” New Hampshire Bar News, April 13, 2012, with Laurie R. Bishop, Esq.
  • “The Uncertain Status of Offers of Judgment Under New Hampshire Law May Hinder Settlement of Cases," New Hampshire Bar News, March 16, 2012, with Robert M. Fojo, Esq.
  • Chapter in Michael R. Callahan, Construction Change Order Claims (2d ed. 2005)
     

Community Involvement

  • Newmarket Town Moderator and School District Moderator, 2014 – present
  • Chair, Newmarket Zoning Board of Adjustment, 2011 – present
  • Volunteer of the Year, Seacoast United Soccer Club, 2010
  • Chair, Newmarket School Board, 2006-2007; member 2004-2006
  • Chair, Newmarket Recreation Master Plan Committee, 2003-2004 
  • Secretary, Newmarket Charter Commission, 2003-2004 and 2013-2014
  • Founding Member, Newmarket Veteran’s Memorial Trust, 2003
  • Vice-Chair, Newmarket Town Council, 2001-2003; member 2000-2001
  • Chair, Newmarket Tomorrow Committee, 2000-2001


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            Services & Industries

            Accountant & Real Estate Professional Liability

            Cyber Security

            Data Breach & Privacy Litigation

            Engineering & Construction Law

            Insurance Law

            Legal Malpractice & Professional Conduct

            Bar Admissions

            Connecticut

            Maine

            Massachusetts

            New Hampshire

            Education

            University of Connecticut School of Law, JD, 1992

            Middlebury College, BA Political Science, cum laude, 1988

            Chris was the Articles Editor of the Connecticut Journal of International Law

            New Hampshire Superior Court, Law Clerk, 1992-1994

            Awards & Affiliations

            Included in The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Litigation - Construction since 2021, and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants since 2018


            American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, Member

            Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Member

            Charles C. Doe Inn of the American Inns of Court, Member

            Legal Counsel Forum of the American Council of Engineering Companies, Member

            New Hampshire Bar Association Ethics Committee, Vice Chair

            New Hampshire Bar Association, Insurance Committee, current

            Professional Liability Defense Federation, Member, current


            Admitted to practice before the State and Federal courts in New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut and Massachusetts; as well as before the First Circuit Court of Appeals