Joseph W. Watkins

Rates (per party, per hour)

Two Party $275.00
Three Party $220.00
Four Party $190.00
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Joseph W. Watkins has practiced as a civil trial lawyer for over 40 years. For the first 20 years of his career, Mr. Watkins was an insurance defense attorney, representing individuals, companies, and insurers in a wide variety of personal injury cases, large loss property damage cases, and insurance coverage disputes. In 1997, he and two of his partners in his former defense firm began a plaintiff’s practice, where they concentrate their practice on representing individuals who have been severely injured and families of individuals who have died as a result of medical negligence, nursing home negligence, products liability, premises liability and automobile and trucking accidents. Mr. Watkins has tried numerous cases for plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, and has argued cases before the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, as well as before the 11th and 5th Circuit United States Courts of Appeal. Mr. Watkins began a part time mediation practice in 2005, and joined Henning Mediation & Arbitration Service in 2017.


  • University of Georgia, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif (1977)
  • University of Georgia, A.B., summa cum laude (1974)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1977)
  • Admitted to all Georgia trial and appellate courts
  • United States District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Legal Employment

  • Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC (Partner, 1997 to present)
  • Long, Weinberg, Ansley & Wheeler (Associate, 1977-1980; Partner, 1981-1997)

Professional & Civil Organizations

  • State Bar of Georgia (Insurance Law Section, Chairman, 1987 - 1988)
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • President (2007 - 2008)
    • President Elect (2006 - 2007)
    • Parliamentarian (2005 - 2006)
    • Legislative Co-Chairman (2004 & 2005)
  • The American Association for Justice (Council of Presidents, 2006 - 2007)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Old War Horse Lawyers Club
  • Sandy Springs Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, WonderRoot (2007 - 2010)
  • Board of Directors, The Link Counseling Center (2008 - 2011)
  • Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Administrative Board (2003 - 2005)
  • Marathon and Half Marathon Running Coach, Team in Training, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (2003 - 2017)
  • Leawood Homeowners Association, Cashiers, NC
    • President (2006 - 2009)
    • Secretary (2010 to present)

Professional Experience and Honors

  • Georgia Super Lawyers (2004 to present)
  • Top 100 Georgia Lawyers (2008)
  • Tried numerous cases, including areas of premises liability, products liability, medical, dental, chiropractic and legal malpractice, insurance agent negligence, trucking and automobile accidents, sexual assault, battery, libel, civil RICO, fraud, breach of contract and insurance coverage disputes.
  • Represented plaintiffs and defendants in countless mediations, including cases in Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
  • Frequent speaker at CLE Programs
  • Registered Mediator and Arbitrator in Georgia

Mediation Training

  • Henning Mediation & Arbitration Service, Inc.

Areas of Expertise

  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Governmental Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith Claims