Birmingham office: 205.980.5888
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Robert E. Hawthorne, III

Associate

-1 years experience

Phone: 205.980.5888

Fax: 205.980.1098

About

Trey grew up in Trussville, Alabama, and went to college at Auburn, where he was an active member of his fraternity. He has a beautiful three year old daughter named Devon, as well as a Border Collie and panther sized cat.

Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Trey handled cases in a wide variety of areas, ranging from bankruptcy and family law to catastrophic personal injury, class actions, and appeals before the 11th Circuit. He has worked on matters as small as drafting standard wills and incorporating single member LLCs to matters as large as the administration of mass tort settlements of over $140 million. As a result, Trey considers himself to be a very well rounded lawyer, with at least a working knowledge of nearly every area of law he might encounter.

Trey is an avid supporter of all things Auburn, and loves the outdoors. Outside of the office, he has worked with the Arthritis Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the United Way, and is an active member of Briarwood Presbyterian Church.

Practice Areas

Automobile litigation, general civil litigation, insurance defense, trucking litigation, construction law, premises liability.

Education

  • B.S., Auburn University (2005)
  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law (2008)
Reported Cases & Notable Trials
Honors & Awards
Courts & Professional Associations

HULSEY V. RANSOM; CIRCUIT COURT OF MARSHALL COUNTY, ALABAMA; CV-2015-000011

  • Trey’s client had backed out of her driveway and into the front of the plaintiff's oncoming truck. Both vehicles suffered significant damage, with the plaintiff's truck being totaled. The plaintiff sought treatment for back pain, and underwent back surgery about six weeks after the accident. Prior to the lawsuit being filed, the defendant's insurer offered to pay its policy limits to settle the claim, but was fronted by the plaintiff's underinsured motorist carrier, which opted out of the case. The only demand received prior to trial was for $100,000, which was equal to the combined policy limits of the liability and UIM policies.


  • The defense had to try the case with an 'empty chair,' as the defendant was excluded from the trial as a result of an apparent health condition that prevented her from participating in the case. At trial, it was undisputed that the plaintiff had a degenerative back condition that predated the accident. However, the plaintiff argued that the accident aggravated the condition, leading to his surgery. The plaintiff claimed to have incurred about $78,000 in retail medical expenses, but it was agreed that all of the plaintiff's bills were paid by Medicare. The defense disputed the medical causation, and argued the plaintiff's back pain existed prior to the accident. The claim of negligence went to the jury, and after deliberating for about an hour and a half, the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount $20,000, which was less than the amount originally advanced by the underinsured motorist carrier to keep the defendant in the case.

Professional

  • Selected to the Birmingham Bar Association Future Leaders Forum, Class of 2012

University of Alabama

  • Academic Scholarship Recipient

  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law (2008)

Auburn University

  • School of Business Dean’s List; Fall 2004 and Spring 2005

  • B.S., Auburn University (2005)

  • Cabinet Member, Interfraternity Council

  • Delta Chi Fraternity

Professional Associations

  • Alabama State Bar

  • Birmingham Bar Association

Courts

  • Alabama State Courts

  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama

  • United State Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

  • United States Bankruptcy Court

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama (2008)