Mikal C. Watts, Founding Partner

Watts Guerra LLP

CONTACT INFORMATION

Watts Guerra LLP – Dominion/Corporate Office

4 Dominion Drive, Building 3, Suite 100

San Antonio, Texas  78257

Office: 210-447-0500

Fax: 210-447-0501

Email: mcwatts@wattsguerra.com

Web: www.wattsguerra.com

Scheduling: Pam Flores – pflores@wattsguerra.com

EDUCATION

Graduate
University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas

Dates:1987-1989

Degree:Juris Doctorate with Honors

Honors: Graduated law school in two years at age 21

Undergraduate
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Dates: 1985-1987

Degree: Bachelor of Arts with High Honors,

Plan II Honors Liberal Arts

Honors: Graduated college in two years

Dean’s List, Phi Beta Kappa

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Supreme Court of Texas

Briefing Attorney

The Honorable Thomas R. Phillips, Chief Justice

Austin, Texas

Position Details: Briefing Attorney

Dates of Employment: 1989-1990

David L. Perry & Associates/Perry & Haas, LLP

Corpus Christi, Texas

Position Details: Associate Attorney (1990-1991), Partner (1992-1997)

Dates of Employment: 1990-1997

Watts Guerra LLP (and its predecessor firms)

San Antonio, Texas

Position Details: Capital Partner, Owner

Dates of Employment: 1997 – present

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES

Admitted to practice law – Texas,

United States District Court, Southern District of Texas

United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas

United States District Court, Western District of Texas

United States District Court, Northern District of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Supreme Court of Texas

Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Admitted Pro Hac Vice in numerous states, including Alabama, California, Florida, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York

MDL Co-Lead Counsel – In Re: Pradaxa; In Re: SNS Litigation

RELATED PROFESSIONAL AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

Martindale-Hubbel AV Rated Lawyer

“Impact Player of the Year,” Texas Lawyer, 2001

“Top 40 Under 40” – Recognized as one of the best lawyers of any age for

National Law Journal’s Plaintiff’s “Hot List” (top 15 firms in the country)

  • listed 3 times (2003-2005)

Plaintiffs, National Law Journal, 2002

Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2013 (every year of the award’s existence)

PRESS REFERENCES

Watts “has soared to the top of the highly competitive personal injury law business.” USA Today, March 12, 2003

Watts is “making a mark in establishing benchmark rates for settlement in major tort litigation,” and is seen as having “almost mystic powers in a courtroom.” Texas Lawyer, May 3, 2003

“Watts was so smart he could debate three sides and win four of them. Confident to the point of swagger, he could, when it suited him, careen from abject charm to analytical tools, vials of wrath and tearful indignation all in the same breath.” Tragic Indifference, One Man’s Battle with the Auto Industry over the Dangers of SUVs, Adam L. Penenberg (2003)

“A rising star of the Plaintiff ’s bar.” Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2004

“Watts is a plaintiff ’s lawyer with a brass-knuckle reputation in the courtroom.” San Antonio Express-News, February 27, 2013

“Mikal Watts is a courtroom pit bull, a superstar personal-injury attorney… Personal-injury law is a game for alpha dogs, and Watts is the biggest canine on the block. His chief weapons: a sharply analytical mind that even his adversaries admire, and a competitive streak that doesn’t just rest.”

San Antonio Express-News, March 1, 2013

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Association for Justice

  • Leaders Forum

Texas Trial Lawyers Association

  • Foundation Member
  • Past Executive Board Member
  • Board of Directors

College of the State Bar of Texas

American Inns of Court

American Board of Trial Advocates

State Bar of Texas

PERSONAL INFORMATION & INTERESTS

Born: Corpus Christi, Texas, 1967

Married: March 13, 1993

Family: Tammy Watts, wife of almost 22 years

Taylor Watts, daughter (20)

Hailey Watts, daughter (18)

Brandon Watts, son (16)

Interests: Spending time with my wife and our three children;

Oak Hills Church, San Antonio;

Texas Longhorn football & San Antonio Spurs basketball games;

Running 5Ks with my daughters; hunting and fishing with my son