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Amanda Hawes

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Amanda Hawes

Alexander, Hawes & Audet, L.L.P.
toxic chemical litigation and toxic torts
environmental justice
toxic chemicals linked to cancer, leukemia, autoimmune disorders and other diseases
occupational safety and health


Amanda Hawes is a partner in the class-action litigation firm Alexander, Hawes & Audet. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College, she was awarded a Juris Doctorate by Harvard Law School in 1968. A pioneer in toxic chemical litigation and the medical effects of toxic chemicals, Ms. Hawes has taught environmental justice and toxic torts at Golden Gate University School of Law, Santa Clara Law School and the University of California's Hastings College of Law, where she was a faculty member from 1975 to 1988. She has 20 years' experience representing people exposed to toxic chemicals linked to cancer, leukemia, autoimmune disorders and other diseases. Ms. Hawes was the founder and former executive director of Santa Clara County Occupational Safety and Health. She is a founder and director of the California Committee on Safety and Health, or Cal-COSH, a nonprofit organization promoting worker safety and health.

152 N. Third Street, Suite 600
San Jose  California  95112
United States
Office Phone: 
(408) 289-1776
Office Fax: 
(408) 287-1776


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