Former Solicitor General of Texas Kyle Hawkins Returns to Gibson Dunn

April 5, 2021

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Kyle D. Hawkins has rejoined the firm as a partner in the Houston office.  Hawkins recently served as the Solicitor General of Texas and will focus on appellate and constitutional law, class actions and commercial litigation.

“We are pleased to welcome Kyle back to the firm and to our Houston office,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “We have one of the top appellate practices in the U.S., and with his reputation as a highly skilled advocate at the state and national levels, Kyle will be a terrific addition to the practice.  His significant government experience and insight into Texas state agencies will greatly benefit our clients.”

“Kyle is an experienced appellate advocate, who is widely respected for his integrity and oral advocacy,” said Allyson Ho, Co-Chair of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group.  “As the State of Texas’s most high-profile litigator, Kyle handled the state’s most important cases.  His profile and experience will enrich our Texas appellate team, and he is a natural fit to serve as the Houston office’s first litigation partner as we expand our presence throughout the state.”

“I’m thrilled to return to Gibson Dunn,” said Hawkins.  “I look forward to working closely with the firm’s litigation and appellate teams to grow the firm’s offering in Texas and across the U.S.”

About Kyle D. Hawkins

Hawkins will practice in the areas of appellate and constitutional law, class actions and commercial litigation.  Prior to his return to the firm, he served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2018 to 2021 and as Assistant Solicitor General of Texas from 2017 to 2018.  As Solicitor General, he was responsible for supervising and approving all appellate litigation for the State of Texas.  He has presented 30 oral arguments, including four before the U.S. Supreme Court, six before the Texas Supreme Court, 17 before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (including five before en banc panels), and three before the Texas Courts of Appeals in Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth.  He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, teaching a course on U.S. Supreme Court practice.

Prior, Hawkins practiced in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office from 2011 to 2013 and from 2014 to 2017.  He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. from 2013 to 2014 and for Judge Edith H. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 2010 to 2011.

Hawkins graduated summa cum laude in 2009 from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Law Review.  He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 2002.