Mikal Carter Watts

Family Man | Litigator | Philanthropist

Biography & Experience

  • Watts began his legal career as a briefing attorney from August, 1989-August, 1990, for Hon. Thomas R. Phillips, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas.
  • He then became an associate in August, 1990 at David L. Perry & Associates in Corpus Christi, Texas, and was named a partner at its successor firm, Perry & Haas, LLP, after just over one year in December, 1991. Over the next five and a half years, Watts focused on representing the rights of aggrieved individuals harmed by large corporate defendants.
  • In April of 1997, Watts formed his own firm, Harris & Watts, P.C., which in subsequent partnerships, reorganized and expanded over the years to include 29 lawyers with offices in 5 Texas cities and a support staff of over 100. In 2013, Mikal Watts joined forces with Francisco Guerra IV to form Watts Guerra LLP, which handles commercial litigation, catastrophic personal injury, toxic torts, product liability, automotive defects, refinery negligence, commercial trucking negligence, medical device, and pharmaceutical defect cases.

“Mikal has always been a fighter for everyday citizens who have been wronged by big corporations like BP, and has always on the right side of the law. Mikal is a friend and a colleague I admire and respect, because of his tenacity to seek justice even in times of adversity.”

– Claudio Heredia

Fighting Back

Newsroom

Law.com

Prosecution Case in Watts Trial Left Jurors Wanting, Forewoman Says

RIVARD REPORT

Week Four: Mikal Watts Rests After Four Days

RIVARD REPORT

Week Three: The Watts Trial and the Missing Media

SUN HERALD

Big BP fraud case starts with 22 of 95 indictments dismissed

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Lead prosecutor in Mikal Watts case resigns

RIVARD REPORT

Government rests – twice – in Watts trial

RIVARD REPORT

Government Claims Administrator Testifies in Watts Trial

RIVARD REPORT

Commentary: Watts wins dismissal of 22 of 95 counts as fraud trial opens

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Indicted San Antonio lawyer comes out swinging

PRESS RELEASE

Statement of Robert McDuff, attorney for Mikal Watts, Regarding the unsealed indictment.

PRESS RELEASE

Statement regarding the indictment of Mikal Watts  

Hear what people have to say about Mikal Watts

  • “Mikal has always been a fighter for everyday citizens who have been wronged by big corporations like BP, and has always on the right side of the law. Mikal is a friend and a colleague I admire and respect, because of his tenacity to seek justice even in times of adversity.”

    Claudio Heredia
    Claudio Heredia Attorney
  • “Mikal Watts has combined his fearless voice in the courtroom and his heart for justice to form a successful career, however it is Mikal’s unique ability to listen to others and his unwavering generosity that makes him a true success. Mikal carries himself with the utmost level of professionalism and humility, and it is an honor to know him.”

    David Balmer
    David Balmer Attorney
  • "Mikal and Tammy Watts are valued members of and generous benefactors to the Oak Hills Church family. They are dearly loved and appreciated."

    Max Lucado
    Max Lucado Pastor
  • “I have had the pleasure of working with Mikal Watts for many years. His energy and dedication to others is contagious -- in both his work and personal life. Mikal is as focused and vigorous as they come, and has dedicated his life to doing the right thing.”

    Michael Miller
    Michael Miller Attorney
  • "I have worked with Mikal Watts and his firm on a slow pay case against an HMO and on a mass tort involving cold therapy devices with over 400 plaintiffs and six defendants.  These cases were litigated over the course of several years.  He has of course always demonstrated in my presence the highest of ethical and legal behavior.  He works very hard for his clients to get them the best possible results.   I would like to say something specifically about his high ethics in mass tort cases:  Many lawyers refer mass tort types of cases to him because he does such a good job taking the fight to the defendants and getting good results for the clients and because he is honest, ethical and trustworthy in that he pays the legal and appropriate referral fees.  To put it very clearly – Mikal Watts has a very high reputation among his colleagues."

    Jon Powell
    Jon Powell Attorney

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