Barrett K.
Of Counsel


Barrett Hawks counsels clients on conflict management and serves as a full-time independent mediator and arbitrator. His 50 years of experience as a lawyer includes litigation, conflict management and transactions for business clients. This breadth of experience gives him a keen advantage in understanding the nature of conflicts and a unique ability to relate to the parties and their concerns. Using active listening and perceptive questioning, he is able to help parties more realistically evaluate their positions. He brings to each matter a passion for expeditious and efficient resolution and is effective in promoting productive outcomes for all parties.

A member of Sutherland’s Energy Practice Group for many years, Barrett represented electric utilities and other electric industry participants in a wide array of transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and finance. Now, as a mediator certified by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution and the American Arbitration Association, Barrett works with electric cooperatives, utilities and other businesses to resolve conflicts over rates, allocation of costs, debt restructurings, merger and acquisition transactions, joint ventures, power purchase contracts and other contract matters.

Selected Experience

Awards and Rankings

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers® (2004-2005)

Professional Activities

Designated as a Distinguished Neutral in both energy and commercial matters by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
Trained and certified as a mediator by the American Arbitration Association
Trained and certified as an arbitrator by Henning Mediators
Registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
Member, Energy Bar Association
Member, Electric Cooperative Bar Association
Chair (2002-2007), Vice-Chair (2008-present), Dispute Resolution Committee; Vice Chair (1993-present), Corporate Finance Committee; and Member (1993-present), Counsel Group, of the Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law, American Bar Association
Participant in the American College of Arbitration's National Summit on Arbitration and a Member of the Advocates' Task Force (2008-2009)
Member, Board of Advisors, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University (2008-2010)
Member, Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia (1981-1988)

  • LL.M., Harvard Law School
  • LL.B., first honor graduate, Emory University School of Law, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Public Law
  • B.B.A., Emory University
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia

Honorable Bond Almand, Supreme Court of Georgia.

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