Practice Areas

Family Law

Family Law

Renée Hawk is solely focused on family law, and therefore offers her clients a deep level of experience and knowledge in the often complex field of domestic relations. She works closely with clients in areas such as separation, divorce, alimony, child support, and determination of child custody. Ms. Hawk has made communication a key component of her practice, ensuring that her clients are kept abreast of developments in their cases and that they understand the legal process and their options.

Ms. Hawk has been recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in the area of family law.

Attorney Hawk has compiled a list of answers to Frequently Asked Divorce Questions, which you may find informative.

O’Rourke & Hawk provides counsel in:

  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Child custody
  • Visitation
  • Child support
  • Alimony
  • Paternity
  • Same-sex divorce
  • Guardianship
  • Negotiation and drafting of pre- and post-nuptial agreements
  • Adoption
  • Modification of judgments
  • Contempt matters
  • Removal complaints
  • Domestic abuse
  • Restraining orders

In addition to representing clients in court and throughout the litigation process, O’Rourke & Hawk also offers alternative dispute resolution options, such as collaborative divorce agreements through mediation.


Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice

Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice

Shawn O’Rourke and Ted Kelly have unparalleled experience representing individuals who have suffered serious personal injuries and medical negligence injuries. They have been advocating for personal injury survivors for over 55 years combined and have tackled even the most complex and difficult cases. Both attorneys have been recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers in the area of litigation and have lectured and written articles on the subject.

Select Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Settlements

$6,600,000 settlement for negligence in administering anesthesia, resulting in coma
$4,000,000 settlement for emergency room misdiagnosis resulting in spinal cord injury
$2,500,000 settlement for negligent circumcision
$1,900,000 settlement in a construction negligence case
$1,500,000 settlement in medical malpractice case involving misdiagnosed infection
$1,500,000 settlement for foot amputation due to medical negligence
$1,100,000 settlement for trauma to retarded child resulting in spinal cord injury
$1,000,000 settlement for podiatrist negligence
$1,200,000 settlement in premises liability case resulting in loss of limb
$975,000 settlement for back injury in car accident
$990,000 settlement in premises liability case for wrongful death of 90-year old woman
$750,000 settlement in medical malpractice case where over sedation caused wrongful death in a stroke patient

We work with clients with all types of personal injury matters, including:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective products liability
  • Unsafe premises
  • Wrongful death
  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Construction site accidents
  • Alcohol server liability cases
  • Professional negligence (legal, architectural, etc.)
  • Insurance coverage disputes and disability claims

If you have a case you would like to discuss, please contact Shawn O’Rourke at (617) 337-3191 or today. There is no charge for the consultation, and our fee is contingent upon recovering compensation for you.


Business Litigation

Business Litigation

Business disputes are sometimes inevitable, and an agreeable resolution often requires the skills of an experienced attorney. Shawn O’Rourke has extensive experience litigating, arbitrating, mediating, and resolving all types of commercial disputes on behalf of businesses, real estate owners, developers, financial institutions, and individual clients. O’Rourke & Hawk LLP provides aggressive representation and knowledgeable, practical advice in a cost-effective manner.

The types of commercial disputes we handle include the following areas:

  • Contract disputes
  • Shareholder and corporate disputes
  • Secured party disputes
  • Insurance disputes
  • Construction disputes


Construction Litigation

Construction Litigation

O’Rourke & Hawk LLP provides experienced and practical advice to owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, builders, developers, and banks in litigating and resolving construction disputes in a practical, cost-effective manner.

Due to the prevalent use of AIA form contracts in the construction industry, mediation and arbitration are often required. Our attorneys have substantial experience in the mediation and arbitration process. Through our attorneys’ years of experience in dealing with construction matters, we have a comprehensive understanding of the underlying construction issues, the use of the appropriate experts, and the applicable industry standards.

We effectively advocate for our clients in the following areas:

  • Contract disputes
  • Subcontractor claims
  • Mechanics’ liens and Notices of Contract
  • Lender’s rights
  • Collections
  • Securing attachments
  • Breach of warranty/ Negligence claims
  • Homeowner claims