Husch Blackwell LLP is a full-service litigation and business law firm with 700 attorneys in locations across the United States and in London, serving clients with domestic and international operations. They focus on providing sophisticated legal services at a compelling value that help manage risk, overcome hurdles and create meaningful advantages for their clients. They represent national and global leaders in major industries that include agribusiness, energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, chemicals and telecommunications. The attorneys are recognized by leading professional and industry organizations for their knowledge and expertise across a broad range of legal services. Our firm’s history reflects almost a century of legal excellence and superior client service.
Thomas H. Watkins, Senior Counsel at Husch Blackwell’s law office in Austin, TX has been practicing law for more than 40 years in the State of Texas. He is admitted in the U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern, Western District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Federal Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court. He focuses his practice in litigation, representing clients in healthcare, patent, oil and gas, environmental and general commercial litigation, as well as high-profile cases and bet-the-company litigation.
Tom has successfully defended a Canadian company in a patent infringement lawsuit filed by a Fortune 100 company seeking more than $5 million in damages for control of the telecommunications splicing market. Case was resolved favorably for client. He also represented the owner of the next-generation technology company relating to the clarity of flat-panel televisions in a lawsuit against a Japanese multinational corporation concerning compliance with a license agreement. In legal malpractice cases, Tom served as an expert witness with regard to the Texas disciplinary rules of professional conduct in numerous cases.
Before joining the firm, he was a partner at Brown McCarroll.
Tom graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Government, and received his LL.B., from the University of Texas School of Law. He is a member the American Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, fellow member with the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the College of the State Bar of Texas, and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.
A frequent speaker on industry issues and ethics, Tom has lectured for the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the University of Texas Law CLE, the National Business Institute, Travis County Bar Association, Practicing Law Institute, University of Houston Law Center, Water Law Institute, Williamson County Bar, Austin Bar, Corpus Christi Bar and the New Mexico Bar.
Tom has been recognized with many distinctions, he received the Travis County Bar Association, Distinguished Lawyer Award, 2000, Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2003-2019; Top 50, Central/West Texas, 2003-2007, 2009-2014, Texas Center for Legal Ethics, Professionalism Award, 2003, Gene Cavin Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education, 2003 and holds the coveted Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating.
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