Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C.

Preston A. Hawkins

Preston A. Hawkins, a shareholder in the Knoxville office, concentrates his practice on general tort litigation, construction litigation, appellate advocacy, and criminal defense.  Mr. Hawkins is lead trial counsel and has successfully defended global corporations in significant lawsuits in state and federal court.  Mr. Hawkins has also successfully represented contractors, design professionals, and owners in numerous construction litigation matters and arbitrations.  Mr. Hawkins has also successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of several corporate clients in state court.

As a law student, Mr. Hawkins was a member of the Tennessee College of Law’s National Championship team in the Dean Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition in 2001 and was National Runner-up in 2002.  As an undergraduate, Mr. Hawkins played four seasons of basketball at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, including the 1997 NCAA Sweet Sixteen season.


  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel (“TACC”)


  • Member of Board of Directors of Beaumont Magnet School Academy Foundation, 2019
  • Member of Board of Directors of Little Oaks Academy, 2014-16
  • Named as Top Knoxville Attorney in Construction and Appellate Advocacy, CityView Magazine
  • Graduate, ABA TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy, 2011

Knoxville Office

One Centre Square, Fifth Floor
620 Market Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
Telephone (865) 546-4646
FAX (865) 523-6529


University of Tennessee Chattanooga, B.S., magna cum laude, 1999

Tennessee College of Law, J.D.,  cum laude, 2002

McClung Medal Winner, 2002

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 2002

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2005

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2015

  • Appellate

    We have briefed and argued more than 250 matters before various state and federal appellate courts, including all sections of the Court of Appeals for Tennessee, the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as handling cases on appeal to the U.S.… [Read more]

    Business & Commercial

    We offer comprehensive representation to businesses of all types. As detailed below, our services range from helping resolve business disputes through litigation, mediation, arbitration or negotiation to offering sound legal advice upon which to base your business decisions as well as transactional representation, document preparation services and business formation and… [Read more]


    We have a broad and substantial construction practice with a solid record of service to the design and construction industry. Our experienced and dedicated construction practice group attorneys understand the construction industry and can help you navigate its often complex contracts and diverse relationships. We work closely with clients to identify… [Read more]

    Criminal Defense

    Our defense attorneys possess vast experience in all aspects of criminal law, from government investigations through indictment and trial. Representation of people and companies during federal and state agency investigations, prosecutor inquiries and federal grand jury proceedings comprises critical aspects in defending allegations of wrongdoing. Our number one goal is… [Read more]

  • Representative Experience

    Mr. Hawkins’ defendant client offered a significant six figure settlement to the plaintiffs in an alleged blasting damage case. The offer was refused and Mr. Hawkins tried the case and convinced a 12-person jury to exonerate his contractor client from all liability.

    Mr. Hawkins also participated as co-counsel for the plaintiffs in an arbitration hearing that resulted in an approximately $500,000 award for the firm’s clients in a construction defect case.

    • “Preparing for Arbitration vs. Preparing for Trial” – Knoxville Bar Association, Dicta Magazine, June 2011