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William Wharton Watkins Jr.

William Wharton Watkins Jr.

also known as Trey Watkins

Practice areas:

Construction & Development, Defective and Dangerous Products, Insurance, Wrongful Death, Litigation

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About Me

Trey Watkins was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2005 and is an associate in the Charleston office of Wall Templeton & Haldrup, P.A.  He received both his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of South Carolina, and he is an “AV Preeminent” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.

His practice focuses primarily on Insurance defense including construction disputes, serious personal injury, and complex litigation.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Watkins worked in the surety industry as a Surety Bond Underwriter for Travelers.

He is a lecturer and author on construction and surety industry topics for groups such as the Carolinas Associated General Contractors (CAGC), the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry, and Lorman Education Services.  He currently serves as president elect of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association’s Young Lawyers, as a member of the South Carolina Bar’s Judicial Qualifications Committee, as a construction committee member for the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Charleston Metro Exchange Club, and as an agent for Woodberry Forest School’s annual fund.

University of South Carolina (J.D., 2005)
University of South Carolina (B.S., 1998)

Admitted to Practice:
South Carolina Supreme Court (2005)
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (2005)
U.S. District Court
- District of South Carolina (2006)

Practice Areas:

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association

  • South Carolina Bar Association

  • Charleston County Bar Association

  • Defense Research Institute

  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Construction & Development: 60%
    10 years
  2. Litigation: 10%
    10 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
    10 years
  4. Insurance: 10%
    10 years
  5. Defective and Dangerous Products: 10%
    10 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • J. Michael DeTreville

    Mr. Watkins is a skilled and personable attorney who is an asset both to his clients and his community.


    J. DeTreville Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse William. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Post Office Box 1200
Charleston, SC, 29402



SCGood Standing200503/07/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyWall Templeton & Haldrup, P.A.2011 - Present
AttorneyElmore & Wall, P.A.2006 - Present
AttorneyRichardson Plowden2005 - 2006
Construction Surety Bond UnderwriterTravelers1998 - 2002


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Claims and Litigation Management AllianceConstruction law sections2012 - Present
Charleston Trident Home Builders AssociationBoard of Directors2010 - 2010
Charleston Metro Exchange ClubBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Woodberry Forest SchoolAnnual Fund Agent2007 - Present
Defense Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2005 - Present
American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction IndustryMember and Author2005 - Present
Defense Research Institute, SLDO Relationship CommitteeSouth Carolina Representative2005 - Present
Carolina Surety OrganizationMember2005 - Present


Publication NameTitleDate
American Bar Association publicationConstruction Defects2012


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of South CarolinaBiologyBS - Bachelor of Science1998
Woodberry Forest SchoolN/AHigh School1993

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Surety Bonds and Mechanics Liens in South CarolinaConstruction Surety Bonds2009
Contract Law in South CarolinaContract Law for Contractors2009
What to do When Construction Projects Go Bad in South CarolinaTypes of Claims2008
Surety Bonds and Mechanics LiensPerformance and Payment Bonds2008
What to do When Construction Projects Go Bad in South CarolinaSurties Obligations and Rights2007
What every contractor should know about Surety bonds and Mechanics Liens in SCMechanics Liens2007
Construction Insurance Bonding and LiensConstruction Insurance Bonding and Liens2007
Bonds and Mechanics Liens on South Carolina Construction ProjectsSurety Bonds2007
Contract Law in South CarolinaConstruction Law2006