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John D. Watson

John D. Watson

Retired Partner


  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Electronic Data and Discovery
  • Energy

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John Watson is the firm’s General Counsel. He joined Bradley in 1984, and practices in general litigation handling a wide variety of complex cases in both state and federal courts. He has substantial experience in products liability, personal injury defense, consumer class action, general commercial, bankruptcy and securities fraud cases. John is also interested in technology and professional responsibility matters, and has served as head of Bradley’s technology committee and for many years as one of the firm's loss prevention counsel.

John's clients include several tire, juvenile products, pharmaceutical, agricultural, chemical, and heavy industrial products manufacturers. In the course of representing these clients, he has been lead counsel on various serious injury cases involving multiple deaths, brain injury and paralysis. Some of these matters are national in scope, including several matters involved in federal multi-district litigation.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1983

Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama


  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1983, cum laude; Hugo L. Black Award; Research Editor and Junior Editor, Alabama Law Review; M. Leigh Harrison Scholar
  • University of Alabama, B.A., 1980, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Distinguished Undergraduate in History, 1980
Areas of Practice

Complex Business Litigation | Electronic Data and Discovery | Energy | Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation | Lending | Litigation | Policyholder Insurance Coverage | Product Liability | Professional Liability Litigation | Real Estate Litigation


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