Theodore J. Hawkins
Prior Experience

Leading financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, pension funds, government entities, and individuals have relied on Ted to handle their sensitive, high-stakes matters. Ted has handled precedent-setting cases and obtained over $100 million in recoveries. He has experience prosecuting and defending matters through all phases, from complaint through trial and appeal. He has helped clients resolve bet-the-company litigation, contests for corporate control, government investigations, fraudulent transfer litigation, employment disputes, trademark litigation, insurance recovery matters, real estate actions, and breach of contract litigation.

Clients rely on Ted’s ability to process, organize, and synthesize large volumes of information quickly and efficiently. At the core of his approach is the knowledge that each dispute is unique and requires thorough investigation and testing to determine its strengths and contours. An accomplished writer and storyteller, Ted works closely with clients, focusing on a case’s merits to craft effective, compelling litigation narratives.

Before joining Calcagni & Kanefsky, Ted worked at both an Am Law 100 firm and for one of the nation’s top plaintiff-side firms. He also served as a clerk for United States District Judge Joanna Seybert in the Eastern District of New York.

  • Litigated over fifty complex commercial disputes in federal and state courts.
  • Won a complete victory on behalf of a bankruptcy trustee following a three-day trial in fraudulent transfer litigation involving a Ponzi scheme in the Eastern District of New York.
  • Defended SEC investigations and conducted internal investigations.
  • Litigated a corporate governance dispute concerning the right to nominate a slate of directors to a publicly traded company in the Delaware Court of Chancery, which was resolved following an expedited trial.
  • Successfully litigated the first dismissal of a Section 16 short-swing profits claim based on standing under the U.S. Constitution in the Eastern District of New York.
  • Successfully litigated several disputes seeking documents for use in foreign litigation under 28 U.S.C. § 1782.
  • Successfully defended an online mortgage company in an SEC investigation.
  • Successfully obtained a preliminary injunction against an insurer in a heavily-contested product liability lawsuit.
    Ted has published several articles, including:

  • Andrew M. Freedman, Lori Marks-Esterman, Ron S. Berenblat, & Theodore J. Hawkins, Chancery Court Highlights Importance of Delivering Nomination Notices Ahead of Advance Notice Deadlines, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance (2021).
  • Lori Marks-Esterman & Theodore J. Hawkins, Gaining the Upper Hand in Litigation Abroad Using 28 U.S.C. § 1782 (2021).
  • Arbitration, Equitable Estoppel, and the Right to Interlocutory Appellate Review, ST. JOHN’S L. REV., Vol. 84: Issue 5, Article 1 (2012).