Ronnie P. Hawks

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  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Issues in Indian Country
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Regulatory
  • State & Federal Superfund Law
  • Hazardous Wastes, Solid Wastes & Special Wastes
  • Brownfields
  • Water Law
  • NEPA Compliance

Ronnie P. Hawks

Ronnie Hawks’s practice focuses on environmental and regulatory matters involving a wide variety of state, federal, and tribal environmental programs, including:

  • Federal and state Superfund laws
  • Solid and hazardous waste regulations; and
  • Surface water and groundwater quality under the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Arizona’s Aquifer Protection Permit program, and similar laws.

He joined the firm’s environmental law practice as a partner in 2012.

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • Arizona State University, College of Law J.D. (1998)
  • College of William and Mary B.A. (1985)
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow
  • American Bar Association, member
    • Native American Resources Committee Co-Chair (2014-2015); Chair (2015-2017)
    • Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section, member
      • Water Resources Committee, Programs Vice-Chair (2021-22)
      • Native American Resources Committee, Newsletter Chair (2012-14)
      • Superfund and Natural Resources Damages Litigation Committee, Programs Vice-Chair (2015-16)
      • Water Resources Committee, Membership Vice-Chair (2013-14)
      • Leadership Development Program (2012-13)
    • State Bar of Arizona, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
    • Arizona Forward, Southern Regional Council (2013-2015)
  • BIA Proposes Federal Recognition for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, 10 Native American Resources Committee Newsletter, No. 1, American Bar Association. (May 2014)
  • USEPA Report on Navajo Nation Uranium Cleanup Issued, 9 Native American Resources Committee Newsletter, No. 1, American Bar Association. (July 2013)
  • The Supreme Court Denies Review of Kivalina Global Warming Damages Claim, 9 Native American Resources Committee Newsletter, No. 2 American Bar Association. (July 2013)
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the following areas:
    •  Environmental Law (2011 – 2023)
    •  Litigation – Environmental (2016 – 2023)
    • Natural Resources Law (2021 – 2023)
    • Energy Law (2023)
  • Listed in Chambers USA, Arizona, Leading Lawyer in Environmental Law (2015 – 2019)
  • Led successful administrative appeal of environmental permit in a complex mining case.
  • Negotiated settlements with state and federal agencies regarding hazardous waste violations at industrial manufacturing facilities, recycling facilities, and landfills.
  • Performed environmental compliance audits on client’s industrial facilities state-wide, negotiated settlement of liability for violations, and developed compliance management procedures.
  • Negotiated settlement of Superfund liability for pesticide-contaminated agricultural property impacting tribal land.
  • Led a potentially responsible party search under federal and state Superfund laws for one of the largest Superfund sites in the country.
  • Assisted a water provider in obtaining replacement supplies for production wells contaminated by mining wastes.
  • Negotiated settlement of liability for petroleum releases from underground storage tanks. Negotiated settlement of liability under the Clean Air Act for asbestos handling violations.