The son of a coal miner, William M. Hawkins Jr. grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. He graduated with honors from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1986. Mr. Hawkins earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University in 1989, where he was a member of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy.

Mr. Hawkins has a wide range of practice and represents a diverse field of clientele. He is experienced in personal injury and wrongful death litigation as well as domestic relations. He also has an extensive criminal defense background, including defense of charges involving capital murder. Mr. Hawkins has also represented the town of Cedar Bluff and the Cherokee County Commission for the last 20 years.

Mr. Hawkins lives in Centre and attends the Centre First United Methodist Church. He is actively involved in youth sports, serving as a coach and president of the local Dixie Youth Baseball League. He is also past president of the Centre Optimist Club.

Practice areas

Bar admissions

  • Alabama, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, 1989
  • B.S., James Madison University, 1986




  • “Section 1983: A Basic Understanding” American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Vol 12: 2 Fall 1988