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John Watson

Retired Partner and General Counsel Emeritus
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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Alabama, USA
    Local Time: Thursday 00:49

Practice Expertise

  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Electronic Data and Discovery
  • Energy
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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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Profile

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

Education

  • 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

Blogs

BuildSmart

Significant issues can arise during the three phases of the design and construction process. Effective planning, performance and completion are critical to the success of any construction project. So is informed counsel that addresses a variety of business issues, including mergers and acquisitions, environmental and regulatory compliance, labor and employment, and bankruptcy and tax matters. The Bradley Construction team has extensive industry knowledge and experience that allows us to...

Declassified

The Declassified blog offers commentary and insights on the latest class action suits, significant class action opinions, relevant changes to laws and rules, and important class action trends. Declassified covers topics ranging from significant Supreme Court and appellate court decisions regarding class certification requirements to proposed or enacted legislation, rules and regulations that impact class action litigation to key industry developments that may indirectly impact class action...

Patent 213

Patent law, like most things in life, is subject to change. Changes to patent laws not only impact investment in your existing IP, but directly shape strategies to protect your freedom to operate. The Patent 213 blog provides up-to-date, insightful analysis of the evolution in the written description and enablement requirements of 35 USC 112 and the subject matter eligibility requirements of 35 USC 101. The Patent 213 blog analyzes key decisions from the district courts and the Federal Circuit,...

The Law of Order

Bradley’s The Law of Order blog serves as a general parliamentary procedure resource, providing information about creation and revision of governing documents (constitutions, bylaws, or rules), application of Robert’s Rules of Order and other procedural authorities in a variety of contexts (such as nonprofits, political parties, homeowners associations, unions, churches, trade associations), and leadership of any type of organizational meeting. In an effort to make all things parliamentary more...

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