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John Lloyd Watkins

John Lloyd Watkins

Practice areas:

Insurance, Litigation, Business

About Me

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My practice concentrates on matters involving insurance coverage, trade secrets and confidential information, and international business. I also handle other complex commercial litigation.


On insurance coverage, I represent business policyholders in their dealings with their insurance carriers. This involves insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. It also can involve representing an insured's interests in connection with claims that are being handled by the carrier. For example, a carrier may be defending a claim against the insured, but may not be taking sufficient steps to settle the claim. I also review coverage for clients.


On matters involving trade secrets and confidential information, a common scenario would be representing a company where employees have left and appear to have taken confidential information. However, I sometimes also represent individuals who wish to leave a company and start their own business, but without getting into a dispute with their former employer. Much of this area involves technology. I co-lead the Cloud Computing and Cyber Security Practice team at Barnes & Thornburg. Check out our blog at


For international business, I represent German, other European, and Canadian companies in their general business dealings, including negotiating and drafting equipment supply contracts, terms and conditions, non-disclosure agreements, and other business contracts.


One of the biggest mistakes an international company can make is to
assume that business is done -- particularly the legal aspects of
business -- the same way in the U.S. as in its home country. We have
developed the cultural sensitivity to understand these issues and to
help explain the U.S. legal system to international companies. Check out my legal guide on AVVO about these issues.


I am active in the German American Chamber of Commerce, the British American Business Group, and other international groups. I am also active in the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, particularly with respect to international business.


My particular industry experience includes manufacturing and
distribution, machinery and equipment (for engineered wood products,
pulp and paper, metalforming, auto parts and other applications),
insurance, mining, and natural gas distribution.


 My book, An Insider's Guide on Hiring a Business Attorney, provides a concise guide for business people and executives regarding how to find, evaluate, interview, hire, and work with a business attorney. It is available on Amazon, or, for more information, go to


Barnes & Thornburg LLP is an Am Law 100 firm with about 550 professionals. It is headquartered in Indianapolis with offices in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles Minneapolis, Columbus, OH, Wilmington, DE and other cities.


The Atlanta office is relatively new and currently has about 20 lawyers, all with excellent credentials and experience. The firm has a nationally recognized insurance recovery practice, which is one of many things that attracted me to the firm. The firm also has substantial business and corporate law, intellectual property, and other capabilities.


We are located in Buckhead, which is the financial center of Atlanta, and are easy to reach from the airport, downtown or midtown.



Practice Areas

Licensed since 1982

  1. Litigation: 35%
    33 years
  2. Insurance: 35%
    32 years
  3. Business: 30%
    22 years

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Christine A. Pothering

    John is a lawyer who posseses both a high level of competence and knowledge and also always displays the upmost degree of professionalism. Very much enjoyed working with John on multiple deals.


    Christine Pothering Business Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Thomas L. McLain

    John does wonderful work for his clients and is recognized in the legal community as being one of the best. I endorse John without hesitation.


    Thomas McLain Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Thompson Hine LLP

Two Alliance Center
3560 Lenox Road, Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA, 30326-4266


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198207/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Georga Super Lawyers - Insurance CoverageLaw & Politics Magazine2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Georgia Legal EliteGeorgia Trend Magazine2012
Georgia Super Lawyer - Insurance CoverageLaw & Politics Magazine2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Georgia Super Lawyers - Business LitigationGeorgia Super Lawyers2011
Georgia Legal EliteGeorgia Trend Magazine2011
Georgia's Legal EliteGeorgia Trend Magazine2010
Georgia Super Lawyers - Business LitigationLaw & Politics and Atlanta Magazine2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Georgia Super Lawyer: Business LitigationLaw & Politics and Atlanta Magazine2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Georgia Super Lawyer: Business LitigationLaw & Politics and Atlanta Magazine2008
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
Isaac Meinhard AwardUniversity of Georgia School of Law1982
Jessie and Dan MacDougald AwardUniversity of Georgia School of Law1982
Order of the CoifUniversity of Georgia School of Law1982

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerThompson Hine LLP2013 - Present
PartnerBarnes & Thornburg LLP2010 - Present
ShareholderChorey, Taylor & Feil, A Professional Corporation2007 - 2010
ShareholderWagner, Johnston & Rosenthal, P.C.2007 - 2007
Partner (formerly, Associate)McKenna Long & Aldridge1986 - 2007
AssociateHansell & Post (now Jones, Day)1982 - 1986

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Atlanta Bar Association, Construction Law SectionBoard of Directors2005 - 2009
Center for International Legal StudiesFellow2003 - Present
German American Chamber of CommerceFirm Representative2002 - Present
Bleckley American Inn of CourtMaster2001 - Present
Lawyer's Club of AtlantaMember1998 - Present
Lumpkin Society, University of Georgia School of LawMember1998 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Metalforming, Inc. v. Engage Machinery, Inc., et al.Settled with Consent Judgment entered
Park Center, L..P., et al. v. Pennsylvania Manufacturers Insurance Corp.Judgment of in favor of client affirmed
Gresham v. Atlanta Gas Light CompanyPrevailed on appeal

See all Legal Cases 

Publication NameTitleDate
LNJ's Equipment Leasing NewsletterMachinery and Equipment Supply Contracts: Back to the Basics2011
Lexis/Nexis Insurance Law CommunityGeorgia Supreme Court Holds that Negligent Construction is an "Occurrence" Under CGL Policies2011
Atlanta Bar Association Construction SectionInsurance Issues in the Litigation and Settlement of Construction Claims: Some Practical Thoughts2011
Georgia Civil Trial Procedure (LexisNexis)Utilizing Expert Witnesses (Chapter 8)2011
ABA Litigation Section - "Construct!"Insurance Issues in Construction-Related Claims: Some Practical Thoughts2011
Book: An Insider's Guide on Hiring a Business AttorneyAn Insider's Guide on Hiring a Business Attorney2010
Georgia Bar Technology Section NewsletterThe Legal Issues Are Somewhat Cloudy In the Cloud: A Primer for Lawyers on Cloud Computing2010
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)Mediation in Construction Cases: Pros, Cons, and Some Thoughts for the General Practitioner2007
Metropolitan Corporate CounselADR: A Practitioner's View of a Changing Landscape (interview)2006
McKenna Long & Aldridge English/German Dual Language BrochureBasic Legal Considerations in Doing Business in the United States and the State of Georgia2006
Metropolitan Corporate CounselMediation as a Means to Resolve Intellectual Property Disputes2004
Mealey's International Arbitration ReportOpen Questions Regarding Non-Party Discovery in Commercial Arbitration2003 WebsiteLitigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Transactions in the United States2003
Nebraska Law ReviewProduct Liability Tort Reform: The Case for Federal Action (co-author)1984
ABA Section of Litigation (CLE Program)Communication with Absent Class Members: Why Free Speech Should Prevail (co-author)1983

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of GeorgiaN/AJ.D. (summa cum laude)1982
Mercer UniversityPolitical Science; Speech CommunicationsB.A.1979

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Strafford Legal WebinarMaximizing Insurance Contributions in Mediated Settlements2011
Inventor's Association of Georgia Monthly MeetingTrade Secrets and Non-Disclosure Agreements2010
Chamblee Business Association Monthly MeetingCommon Legal Mistakes Businesses Make and How to Avoid Them2009
Alternative Dispute Resolution Section MeetingTips for Success in Arbitration as an Advocate and a Neutral (Panel Discussion)2009
International Handelskammer Seminar - MunichProduct Liability and Risk Management in the United States2007
ICLE Seminar on Construction Law for the General PractitionerMediation in Construction Cases: Some Thoughts for the General Practitioner2007
German American Chamber of Commerce Business SeminarProduct Liability and and Risk Management in the United States2007
International Handelskammer Seminar - MunichProduct Liability Law in the United States2006
Atlanta Bar Association Construction Section MeetingProfessionalism in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Moderator)2006
Technology Association of Georgia International Section MeetingBasic Issues Concerning Dispute Resolution2003
Center for International Legal Studies Seminar - HeidelbergThe Assault on the Citadel: Judicial and Legislative Attacks on Arbitration Agreements in the United States2003
Conference on Problems in Discovery and ProfessionalismPanelist on Issues in Depositions2002