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Joe Watkins was born in Atlanta on November 14, 1952. Growing up in College Park, Ga., Joe attended Fulton County public schools and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 1974. Joe then attended and graduated with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1977, where he was a member of Order of the Coif.


Joe practiced with an Atlanta defense firm first as an associate and then as a partner from 1977 until 1997, when he, Lance Lourie, and Rob Roll left that firm to form Watkins, Lourie & Roll, LLP, where they could concentrate their practice on representing those who are injured and damaged by others. Joe has served as Parliamentarian and Legislative Co-Chair of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and as its President-Elect for 2006-07. Additionally, Joe is a former Chairman of the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and has been a speaker at many continuing legal education programs.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
  2. Nursing Home Abuse: 30%
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%



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  • Robert Keith Prater

    I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a preeminent personal injury lawyer in the Atlanta area. His years of trial work for the insurance industry has served him well since he decided to represent victims.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

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


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Contact info

Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC

Tower Place 200 Suite 1050
3348 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA, 30326-1446


GAActive Member in Good Standing 197708/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWatkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC1997 - Present
PartnerLong, Weinberg, Ansley & Wheeler1981 - 1997
AssociateLong, Weinberg, Ansley & Wheeler1977 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1977 - Present
U.S. District Court, Northern District of GeorgiaBar Admission1977 - Present
U.S. District Court, Middle DIstrict of GeorgiaBar Admission1977 - Present
U.S. District Court of Appeals, 11th CircuitBar Admission1977 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaChairman, Insurance Law SectionN/A
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationParliamentarian2005 - 2006
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationCo-Chairman2003 - 2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawN/AJD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA1977
University of Georgia, AthensN/AA.B1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tort and Insurance Practice Section ConferenceTrial Tips from the Masters, Effectively Examining Witnesses and Presenting Your Case2016