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James R. Watkins

Of Counsel


Mr. Watkins' practice has, for over 30 years, focused on  litigation of civil cases pending in both State and Federal courts, with emphasis in the areas of admiralty and maritime law, collisions, personal injury defense, commercial transactions, insurance, and toxic torts.



Honors & Distinctions

Named one of 5 "Go To" Lawyers in the State of Texas for Admiralty: Maritime Law by Texas Monthly 2007

Author/Speaker - Third Party Remedies, Maritime Workers - Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, June 2011, St. Simons, GA.

"Lawyer of the Year" for 2014" - The Best Lawyers in America - Houston - "Admiralty & Maritime Law"

"Lawyer of the Year for 2016" - The Best Lawyers in America - Houston - "Admiralty & Maritime Law"


  • University of Houston, J.D., 1975
  • University of Texas/University of Houston, B.S., 1973; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Delta Phi

Texas, 1976 All state courts - State of Texas U. S. District Court Southern District of Texas U. S. District Court Eastern District of Texas U. S. Court of Appeals,5th Circuit U. S. Supreme Court

  • Galveston County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation - Life Fellow
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
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