|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Arizona State Champions||Jenks Trial Practice Competition||1988|
|Owner||Joseph W Watkins P.C.||1992 - Present|
|Attorney||Gust, Rosenfeld & Henderson||1988 - 1992|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Bar Association of the District of Columbia||N/A||2009 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2004 - Present|
|State Bar of Arizona||Attorney Member||1988 - Present|
|American College of Trial Lawyers||Graduate||1992 - 1992|
|Mt. Lemon Fire Claims||Every client recovered additional insurance proceeds.|
|Monument Wildfire Claims||Ongoing|
|Rice v. Nelson||Client prevailed on all counts and was awarded attorneys fees against the estate.|
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|Western Trial Lawyers Association||What is Insurance Bad Faith?||2010|
|University of Arizona College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|Illinois State University||Communication||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1981|
|Western Trial Lawyers Association||Insurance Bad Faith||2010|
Posted by Carl
In 1996 I purchased for $60.00 two paintings at an estate sale that were later sold by my wife and me for over $1,000,000.00.
A very accurate story about the purchase, sale and lawsuit involved is contained in the link below.
We request you leave the link to our story in this review
After the lawsuit was filed against us for recovery of the proceeds from the art works sale we felt we were becoming victims of the legal system.
We consulted with Christies Attorneys and several other prominent legal teams in Manhattan, Dallas, Phoenix and Tucson who all advised us to settle the case by making a negotiated settlement with the Plaintiffs.
We knew we had done no wrong and were fearful that injustice might prevail.
We had a relationship with Joseph Watkins via some previous legal matters.
Upon consulting with Joe about the lawsuit he told us that he felt it was egregious and that the plaintiffs had no legal standing to recover anything from the transaction.
We were shocked but very pleased that a local attorney we knew and trusted had such a strong feeling and incredible confidence about his knowledge of this matter.
Joe told us that under no circumstances should we negotiate with the plaintiffs attorney and he would insure we would prevail if we would but trust him with our defense.
We did prevail and in doing so Joe set a precedent with this case that continues to draw national attention and to this day is still an interesting, lively topic for discussion at estate, tag and garage sales where ever we travel throughout the USA.
Posted by Patricia
We were so frustrated and angry with our insurance company in general. We finally met Joe and he guided us through the steps we needed to put an end to the nightmare we were living. He was truly our knight in shining armor!!! He got us a very satisfactory settlement for our new roof and enough for a very nice vacation. We would recommend him to anyone having trouble fighting the giant corporations.
Posted by Jamie
I had the privilege of having representation by Mr. Watkins for the previous 18 months. He represented my husband and I in a wrongful insurance claim against my insurance company. The company tried to get out of paying a claim for damages on my home as a result of a hail storm.
Once I figured out that my insurance company had no intention of paying for all the damage, I contacted Mr. Watson as a referral of one of my neighbors and his former client.
I explained my situation to Mr. Watson, and he drove to my home (Phoenix, AZ) from (Tucson, AZ)
the next day. Once he evaluated our home, and reviewed the correspondence between the insurance company and myself, he knew I had a case. He started immediately.
Mr. Watson and his Assistant kept us informed on our case a regular basis, either by phone, email, text and once in awhile a friendly visit.
He not only won our case but also held the responsible party accountable for their wrong doing. This would have never happened with out his area of expertise.
I urge anyone that that needs an attorney to call this gentleman. He is one of a kind.
Thank you Mr. Watson-
Robert Way, Estate planning Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse Joseph for his work not only in personal injury and insurance bad faith cases because of his integrity and passion, but also, Joseph has helped to establish probate law precedent in Arizona regarding the rights of purchasers of artwork from estate sales. Working with Joe is a great decision.