Term: 2011 —2014
Jerry has engaged in commercial trial practice since 1994, when he graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. Before co-founding Crone Hawxhurst, Jerry practiced at the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and, before that, at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s New York and Los Angeles offices.
Jerry's trial practice includes complex commercial litigation, consumer class action litigation, antitrust, royalty disputes, copyright, trade secrets, entertainment litigation, employment litigation, securities litigation and general business litigation in state and federal courts, and private arbitrations. Jerry also provides pre-dispute counseling on a variety of issues. He has represented a diverse group of clients, including Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc., Colts Industries, Blockbuster Inc., 5-Hour Energy, Mattel, Inc., Viacom Inc., Paramount Pictures, Micron Technology, Inc., the Producers' Guild of America, off-shore liquidators, a well-known boxing promoter, and the owners of NBA and MLB franchises.
Jerry has been recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” (2005, 2007, 2008 ,2009, 2010 and 2011) and a national “New Star” by Law Dragon Magazine (2006). In 2009, Law Dragon Magazine named Jerry as one of the top 3000 lawyers in America, based on votes by attorneys and clients. He is the former First Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the California State Bar Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section. Jerry is admitted to practice in all California state and federal courts, as well as the Second, Fifth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal. Before beginning private practice, Jerry was a briefing intern for former Texas Supreme Court Justice (and current U.S. Senator) John Cornyn. Jerry was born and raised in South Texas. He proudly represents a number of Texas-based companies and individuals, and is often asked by Texas law firms to act as their co-counsel in California litigation.
Jerry and his wife Sue live in Palos Verdes, California. They have four children. Jerry and Sue are members of the Palos Verdes PTA and the Peninsula Education Foundation. They are also Keeton Fellows of the University of Texas School of Law, and are members of the University of Texas Littlefield Society and the Chancellor’s Counsel. They recently established the Gerald E. Hawxhurst and Susan St. Denis Endowed Presidential Scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin. Their endowment provides financial aid to students who did not graduate high school, but through perseverance are pursuing a college education. While living in Texas, Jerry served as an appointed member of the Higher Education Authority of San Antonio, Texas.