Joseph K. WattsSenior Counsel
Mr. Watts is a litigator and appellate advocate for disputes of varying complexity in state and federal courts across the nation in the areas of, but not limited to, condemnation, commercial litigation, insurance first party and third-party claims in personal and commercial lines, oil & gas, construction defects, environmental, personal injury, and contract disputes. Mr. Watts is not a lawyer that works a case up for trial and then refers it to a real trial or appellate lawyer to try, argue or arbitrate. Mr. Watts is the first chair trial and appellate lawyer. The advice and advocacy Mr. Watts provides is grounded in more than 20 years of successful practice in law and business. Clients have entrusted Mr. Watts to accurately assess and manage their risk in cases ranging in complexity that include multi-million dollar disputes while helping to forge the future of legal services through training and supervising junior lawyers, clerks, paralegals, and staff to render efficient and effective legal services.
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. ”
– Abraham Lincoln
- Creighton University School of Law, University of Nebraska at Omaha
- Certified Mediator
- All Courts of the State of Texas
- Southern District of Texas
- United States Supreme Court
- Special Olympics volunteer. Regular Blood Donor.
- Julie L. Graves, Individually and as co-trustee of the Lois St. Pé Revocable 2012 Trust v. Lone Star NGL Pipeline LP, pending before the 9th Court of Appeals, Beaumont, regarding whether pipeline company met its burden of showing public necessity when the wrong person signed the member consent to install the pipeline.
- Weems & Kelsey Management Company No.2, Ltd. v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc.; Civ. Action No. 3:18-CV00165; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, Honorable Judge Hanks presiding; trespass after abandonment of pipeline.
- Harris County, Texas and the State of Texas Acting by and through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality v. S.K. and Brothers, Inc., Trey Melcher, Evie Melcher Non-Exempt Trust, Melcher Investments, Bill E. Lewis and Richard L. Kerr, Jr., Co-Trustees of the Lucile Birmingham Melcher Management Trust and the Leroy Melcher Marital Deduction Trust, and former Co-Trustees of the Evie Melcher Non-Exempt Trust; pending before the 14th Court of Appeals under Cause No. 14-17-00984-CV; successfully prosecuted a plea to the jurisdiction on behalf of the Melcher defendants based on the governmental entities failing to exhaust administrative remedies and statutory exclusivity for the regulation of dry-cleaning solvents.
- Allstate County Mut. Ins. Co. v. M. Wootton Construction, 494 S.W.3d 825 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2016, pet. den.’d); on remand Cause No. 10-DCV-186083 in the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, TX; successfully prosecuting coverage dispute on remand from the Texas Supreme Court regarding duty to defend.
- Dyna Torque Technologies, Inc. vs. Helix Energy Solutions, Inc.; in the 334th Judicial District Court of Harris County, TX; Cause No. 2008-57972; contractual dispute offshore orbital welding services that resulted in a ruling for my client in arbitration before the Hon. Raul Gonzalez, Texas Supreme Court Retired.
- Arlington Home, Inc. vs. Peake Environmental Consultants, Inc. d/b/a Live Oak Environmental Consultants et al., 361 S.W3d 773 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2012, pet. den.’d); Cause No. 2006-47620; Arlington Home, Inc. vs. Peak Environmental Consultants, Inc. d/b/a Live Oak Environmental Consultants, et al.; in the 113th Judicial District Court of Harris County, TX; last jury trial over which the Hon. Patricia Hancock presided that resulted in a favorable J.N.O.V. that was upheld through the Texas Supreme Court.