Areas of Practice

Business and Corporate

Norman D. Hawkins


Phone: 616-732-5000
Fax: 616-732-5099

Norm Hawkins has over 30 years of experience in labor and employment law, representing management. Prior to law school, during summers in his college days, Mr. Hawkins worked in the foundry of an automotive supplier where he was a member of the UAW. Following college, he worked in the personnel department of the same automotive supplier, where his focus was on improving relationships between the union employees and management.

Mr. Hawkins focuses his legal practice on complex federal labor law, wage-hour and employment statutes, including Title VII, ADEA, OWBPA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, NLRA, WARN and OSHA. He provides proactive advice to employers of all sizes concerning all labor and employment matters, and prepares all related documents. He has first-chair jury trial experience and has handled appeals in state and federal courts. In addition, he has acted as chief spokesperson for companies during union negotiations and has defended unfair labor practice charges and arbitrations. He trains management and supervisors on labor and employment law issues, including union avoidance.

Prior to joining McShane & Bowie, Mr. Hawkins worked in private practice where, over the years, he has advised hundreds of employers ranging in size from Fortune 500 companies to small entrepreneurial companies. Mr. Hawkins has represented employers in a wide range of businesses including, for example, automotive suppliers, financial institutions and hospitals.

Beyond his day-to-day legal practice, Mr. Hawkins is involved in professional associations. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, where he served as secretary then as president in 2009 and 2010. He regularly presents on labor and employment topics to attorneys, human resource professionals and management groups. In addition, he has authored numerous articles on myriad aspects of labor and employment law. Mr. Hawkins also taught six terms of federal administrative law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School during 2008 and 2009.

Mr. Hawkins earned his J.D. cum laude from Wayne State University Law School in 1984. In 1978, he earned his B.A. cum laude from Spring Arbor College. Mr. Hawkins is admitted to practice in the state of Michigan, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. He has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous other state and federal courts across the country.

Bar Admission:

  • Michigan, 1984


  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1984
  • Spring Arbor College, B.A., cum laude, 1978

Professional Associations and Membership:

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Christian Legal Society