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Walter H. Hawes IV

Walter Hawes’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, regulatory investigations, white collar matters, and appeals. He serves clients in a broad array of subjects including securities litigation, antitrust law, commercial law, and criminal and civil investigations.

Prior to joining MoloLamken, Mr. Hawes served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and Chief Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mr. Hawes previously worked as a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Representative Matters

  • A major global financial institution in resolving criminal and civil investigations stemming from RMBS-related allegations in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis
  • A major auditing firm and individual principals in resolving regulatory investigation concerning alleged violations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • A multinational entertainment company in commercial land-use dispute
  • Individual directors of REIT against breach of fiduciary duties allegations
  • A major healthcare company involved in merger in responding to regulatory antitrust inquiry

Recent Publications


  • Law clerk to the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Leon, United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Honors & Awards

Pro Bono Publico Award, Legal Aid Society

Best Written Brief, Williams Institute Moot Court Competition

President’s Volunteer Service Award


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude

Order of the Coif

Milton A. Kaufman Prize

Managing Editor, Georgetown Law Journal

President, Law and International Development Society

University of Edinburgh, B.A., M.A., first class honors

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Admitted only in New York. Not admitted in D.C. practicing under the supervision of D.C. bar members.
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