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Michael James Watson

Michael James Watson

Practice areas:

Insurance, Insurance Fraud

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About Me

Michael J. Watson has extensive experience in assisting insurance carriers and third-party administrators in all aspects of handling disputed, questioned or fraudulent claims.  Mr. Watson regularly conducts examinations under oath, advises insurance carriers on coverage issues, and litigates first-party matters in Texas and Federal Courts stemming from residential and commercial property claims, auto property claims, staged accidents, arson, and claims involving inflated or fraudulent medical expenses. 


In addition to his insurance coverage practice, Mr. Watson has substantial experience defending agents in E&O matters and in defending third-party wrongful death, premises liability, construction defect and other negligence claims.


Mr. Watson received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1998 where he graduated Cum Laude.  He was also a member of South Texas Law Review.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Insurance Fraud: 50%
    14 years
  2. Insurance: 50%
    16 years

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Contact Info

Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP

16000 N. Dallas Pkwy.
Suite 800
Dallas, TX, 75248

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199805/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Order of LytaeSTCLN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerWalker Sewell LLP2005 - Present
AssociateSandbote & Waggoner2002 - 2005

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
International Association of Special Investigation UnitsMember2010 - Present
North Texas Chapter - International Association of Special Investigation UnitsMember2010 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
Texas Association of Defense CounselMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Lainie Whitmire v. National Cutting Horse Assn.Successful jury trial on breach of oral contract and false imprisonment claims.
TIG Insurance Company v. Stebbins Five Companies, Ltd.Successfully obtained dismissal of all claims
Clicks Billiards, Inc. v. Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs of Dallas, Inc., et al.Successfully obtained favorable summary judgment rulings on various claims leading to highly favorable settlement for agent.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Dallas Bar Association, Headnotes“When is it Bad Faith to Settle for Policy Limits?”2010

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
West Texas A&M University Canyon, TexasN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1995

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Continuing Education SeminarsPrompt Payment of Claims2010
Continuing EducationEthical Fraud InvestigationsN/A