Brian Watkins focuses his practice on criminal defense and protecting the accused from their government. A believer that “to be a person is to have a story to tell,” Brian tells his clients’ stories in the service of their constitutional rights and personal interests. He represents clients at the trial level, those questioned in connection with criminal investigations, and—on appeal—those already convicted of criminal offenses.
Brian Watkins is a member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) as well as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). He is a graduate of the Hillman Trial Advocacy Program and the CDAM Criminal Defense Trial College. Brian is licensed to practice in all Michigan state courts—including the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court. In the federal courts, he is admitted to practice before the Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
As an invited guest lecturer, Brian has spoken on issues related to the criminal justice system including wrongful convictions, witness misidentification, false confessions, and litigating post-conviction claims of actual innocence. In addition to his private practice, Brian serves as Co-Counsel to the Cooley Innocence Project.
Brian Watkins graduated cum laude from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School with a concentration of study in Constitutional Law and Civil Rights and was awarded the Certificate of Merit for his writing on constitutional issues. As a law student he interned with the Cooley Innocence Project and served as President of his school’s American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) chapter. Before law school Brian attended the University of Mississippi, where he studied philosophy as both an undergraduate and graduate student.
|MI||Active And In Good Standing||2014||10/31/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Client's Choice Award||Avvo||2016|
|Clients' Choice Award||Avvo||2015|
|Attorney||The Watkins Law Firm, PLLC||2014 - Present|
|Co-counsel||Thomas M. Cooley Innocence Project||2014 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan||Member||2014 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2014 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law Section||Member||2014 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan, Appellate Practice Section||Member||2014 - Present|
|US District Court - Western District of Michigan||Member||2014 - Present|
|Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College||N/A||2017|
|CDAM Criminal Defense Trial College||Certificate of Completion||2015|
|Hillman Advocacy Program||Certificate of Completion||2015|
|Thomas M. Cooley Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||2013|
|University of Mississippi||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2007|
|Central Michigan University||Wrongful Convictions||2015|
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