Ronnie P. Hawks
Ronnie Hawks's practice focuses on environmental and regulatory matters involving a wide variety of state, federal, and tribal environmental programs, with an emphasis on:
- Federal and state Superfund laws;
- Solid and hazardous waste regulations; and
- Surface water and groundwater quality under the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Arizona’s Aquifer Protection Permit program, and similar laws.
Mr. Hawks joined Jennings Haug Cunningham as a partner in the firm’s environmental services practice in 2012.
- Led successful administrative appeal of environmental permit in a complex mining case.
- Negotiated settlements with state and federal agencies regarding hazardous waste violations at industrial manufacturing facilities, recycling facilities, and landfills.
- Performed environmental compliance audits on client’s industrial facilities state-wide, negotiated settlement of liability for violations, and developed compliance management procedures.
- Negotiated settlement of Superfund liability for pesticide-contaminated agricultural property impacting tribal land.
- Led a potentially responsible party search under federal and state Superfund laws for one of the largest Superfund sites in the country.
- Assisted a water provider in obtaining replacement supplies for production wells contaminated by mining wastes.
- Negotiated settlement of liability for petroleum releases from underground storage tanks.
- Negotiated settlement of liability under the Clean Air Act for asbestos handling violations.
Areas of Practice
- Environmental and Natural Resources Law
- Tribal Law
- U.S. District Court District of Arizona
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Arizona State University, College of Law
College of William and Mary
- BIA Proposes Federal Recognition for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, 10 Native American Resources Committee Newsletter, No. 1, American Bar Association. (May 2014)
- USEPA Report on Navajo Nation Uranium Cleanup Issued, 9 Native American Resources Committee Newsletter, No. 1, American Bar Association. (July 2013)
- The Supreme Court Denies Review of Kivalina Global Warming Damages Claim, 9 Native American Resources Committee Newsletter, No. 2 American Bar Association. (July 2013)
Honors and Awards
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law, (2011-2017)
- Listed in Chambers USA, Arizona, Leading Lawyer in Environmental Law (2015 - 2017)
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Foundation Fellow
- American Bar Association, Native American Resources Committee Chair (2014- present)
- American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section, Native American Resources Committee, Newsletter Chair (2012-14)
- American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section, Superfund and Natural Resources Damages Litigation Committee, Programs Vice-Chair (2015-16)
- American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section, Water Resources Committee, Membership Vice-Chair (2013-14)
- Arizona Forward, Southern Regional Council (2013-2015)
- American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section, Leadership Development Program (2012-13)
- DRI, Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Committee
- State Bar of Arizona, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section