John Watkins

3399 Peachtree Rd., N.E. Suite 1700, The Lenox Building
Atlanta, GA 30326, United States

Practice/Organization Description

I am a full time business litigator and business lawyer, and a part time mediator and frustrated golfer. I have handled just about every type of civil litigation matter, but currently concentrate on trade secret (including misappropriation of electronically stored information), insurance coverage, corporate, shareholder, and commercial contract disputes. I also negotiate and draft equipment supply contracts, non-disclosure agreements, terms and conditions and other business documents. I work with a number of international companies or their U.S. subsidiaries. I have given seminars on various legal issues domestically and internationally, including on trade secrets and non-disclosure agreements, product liability and risk mitigation, and various sales issues. I have also recorded podcasts on a number of current legal topics.

I started practicing in 1982 at Hansell & Post (now the Atlanta office of Jones, Day), and moved in 1986 to Long, Aldridge & Norman, which later became McKenna Long & Aldridge. After twenty-five years at big firms, I decided to try something different and ended up at Chorey, Taylor & Feil in 2007. CTF is a smaller (20 lawyer) firm of mainly ex-big firm lawyers. We try to provide big firm quality, but in a more personal and accessible manner. Our shareholders actively work on almost all matters. We have good associates, but we do not follow a leverage model. CTF's size and approach also allows a great deal of flexibility in how matters are handled.

Bar Admissions

Georgia

U.S. Supreme Court

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Northern District of Georgia

Education

University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude (1982)

Mercer University, B.A. (1979)

Professional Associations & Memberships

German American Chamber of Commerce

British American Business Group

Center for International Legal Studies

Bleckley Inn of Court (Master)

Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Honors and Awards

Named to list of Georgia Super Lawyers in Business Litigation, 2008, 2009; AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell for many years

Various academic awards in law school

Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Business Torts
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
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