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

Preston A. Hawkins

Preston A. Hawkins, a shareholder in the Knoxville office, concentrates his practice in construction litigation, general tort litigation, and appellate advocacy. Mr. Hawkins has been lead trial counsel and successfully defended contractors, designers, and owners in various construction litigation matters. Mr. Hawkins has also represented business entities in various State and Federal courts in Tennessee and has obtained summary judgment on behalf of several corporate clients in state court cases.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Hawkins played three seasons of basketball at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, including the 1997 NCAA Sweet Sixteen season.


  • American Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association


  • Named as a Top Knoxville Attorney in Construction and Appellate Advocacy, Cityview Magazine, 2015
  • Graduate, the ABA TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy, 2011
  • Member, Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel (TACC)
  • National Champion in the Dean Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition, 2001
  • Recipient, McClung Medal for Moot Court excellence, 2002
  • Student Materials Editor, Tennessee Law Review
  • Member, Order of Barristers

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

University of Tennessee, J.D.,  cum laude, 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]

  • 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