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About me

My work has been featured in media outlets as diverse as the Wall Street Journal, The Main Antique Digest and the Oprah Winfrey Show. I Specialize in helping individuals dealing with the insurance industry or other claims involving complex litigation. I have over 25 years litigation experience. For the first 10 years of my practice, I worked almost exclusively for the industry. The last 15 years I have primarily represented individuals in claims involving personal injury, fire losses, wildfire losses, storm claims and a variety of other property damage claims.

In addition to being an attorney, I am also a licensed insurance adjuster through the state of Arizona. I've been retained as an expert on various insurance claims and have taught and written extensively on insurance related issues.

I represent people. My motto, "A Lawyer for the People" means you do not have to face the insurance industry alone. Our office can level the playing field and make sure your voice is heard.




Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    28 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 50%
    28 years, 900 cases



Hourly ($250-375/hour), contingent (30-40%)

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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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  • Robert Michael Way

    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.


    Robert Way Estate planning Attorney
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Contact info

Joseph W Watkins PC

6303 E Tanque Verde Rd Ste 210
Tucson, AZ, 85715-3859


DCActive 200907/10/2016
AZActive 198807/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Arizona State ChampionsJenks Trial Practice Competition1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerJoseph W Watkins P.C.1992 - Present
AttorneyGust, Rosenfeld & Henderson1988 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaN/A2009 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2004 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaAttorney Member1988 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersGraduate1992 - 1992
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mt. Lemon Fire ClaimsEvery client recovered additional insurance proceeds.
Monument Wildfire ClaimsOngoing
Rice v. NelsonClient prevailed on all counts and was awarded attorneys fees against the estate.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Western Trial Lawyers AssociationWhat is Insurance Bad Faith?2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arizona College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Illinois State UniversityCommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Western Trial Lawyers AssociationInsurance Bad Faith2010