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Born July 17, 1967, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Mikal C. Watts earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in 1987, receiving a Bachelor of Arts with high honors after just two years of study. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1989 at the age of twenty-one.

In 1989-1990, Mr. Watts worked as a briefing attorney for Hon. Thomas R. Phillips, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. In September, 1990, he became an associate at David L. Perry & Associates in Corpus Christi, Texas, and was named a partner in December, 1991. Until March 31, 1997, he served as a partner in the law firm of Perry & Haas, L.L.P. On April 1, 1997, Mr. Watts formed his own firm, Harris & Watts, P.C. After 4 highly successful years, the law firm reorganized, with Mr. Watts and Denman H. Heard joining together to form Watts & Heard, L.L.P. in March of 2001. During that time, Mr. Watts expanded the law firm to 29 lawyers, with offices in 5 Texas cities and a support staff of over 100. In August of 2002, Mr. Watts formed Watts Law Firm, L.L.P., now known as Watts Guerra LLP which focuses on catastrophic personal injury, toxic torts, product liability, automotive defects, refinery negligence, commercial trucking negligence, medical device, pharmaceutical, and commercial litigation.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 75%
  2. Oil & Gas: 25%

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  • Stacey Erin Burke

    Mikal C. Watts is one of the most successful product liability and personal injury lawyers in the country. He has handled pharmaceutical and medical device cases, including but not limited to Ortho-Evra, Vioxx, Fen Phen, Rezulin, Zyprexa and Sulzer hip implants. The 23 lawyers at his firm, Watts Guerra Craft LLP, have handled some of the most important and well-known cases in American legal history.


    Stacey Burke Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info

Watts Guerra LLP

Four Dominion Drive
Building 3 Suite 100
San Antonio, TX, 78257


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198908/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2010
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40 Under 40 LawyersNational Law Journal2002
Impact Player of the YearTexas Lawyer Magazine2001
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWatts Guerra LLP2009 - Present
PartnerWatts Law Firm1997 - 2009
Attorney, PartnerPerry & Haas, LLP1990 - 1997
Briefing AttorneySupreme Court Of Texas1989 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of TexasMember1989 - Present
Texas Board of Legal SpecializationBoard Certified in Personal Injury Trial LawN/A
Coastal Bend Victims' AdvocatesMemberN/A
Corpus Christi Young Lawyers AssociationBoard MemberN/A
Corpus Christi Bar AssociationMemberN/A
College of the State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMember and Chair of Multiple CommitteesN/A
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of DirectorsN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeBoard of DirectorsN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Audrey Decker v. Outboard Marine CorporationN/A
Bailey v. Ford Motor Company and Bridgestone/FirestoneSettlement for Plaintiff
Rodriguez v. Bridgestone/FirestoneSettlement for Plaintiff
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of TexasN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
TTLA 2008 Midyear Conference, Advanced Personal Injury SeminarAutomotive Product Cases2008
TTLA Annual Conference 2006Preemption and NHTSA2007
Page Keeton Civil Litigation ConferenceCase Selection and Construction: Working Around State Law Limitations on Awards2005
TTLA Advanced Personal Injury CourseJoint & Several Liability Contribution and Indemnity: HB4 and Beyond2004
State Bar of Texas Advanced Evidence and Discovery CourseTaking the Offensive – How to Try and Settle Your Case in a Year2003