Mr. Charles R. Watson , Jr.
Greenberg Traurig
300 West 6th Street
Suite 2050
Austin, TX 78704

Phone    (512) 320-7237
Email      watsons@gtlaw.com


Type of Case: Civil
Admitted to practice:
Supreme Court
5th Circuit, 8th Circuit, 10th Circuit, D.C.
TX

Charles R. “Skip” Watson is a partner in the appellate section of the Austin office of Greenberg Traurig LLP and is an Academy Fellow. He is former chair of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section and chaired the committee that drafted the Standards for Appellate Conduct adopted by the Supreme Court of Texas. He serves on the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee and has served on the State Bar Pattern Jury Charge Committee for Business, Consumer, and Employment Law. He has also served as a trustee of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and chaired his local State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee. His papers on how to win complex appeals and preserving and appealing jury charge have made Mr. Watson a frequent CLE speaker. He has chaired Advanced Courses on Civil Appellate Practice and Civil Trials for the State Bar of Texas.

Degrees:

  • J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 1978
  • B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1975

Publications:

  • • “Production in Paying Quantities in a Low Cost Environment,” Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Law Course, State Bar Of Texas, 2016 • “Lessee Liability for Executive Breaches After Bradshaw,” Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Law Course, State Bar Of Texas, 2015 • “Drilling Down - the Texas Supreme Court’s Renewed Interest in Oil and Gas,” Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Law Course, State Bar Of Texas, 2014 • “Jury Charge Objections That Need To Be Made – But Rarely Are,” Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 2012 • "Jury Charge Error: Where We Are, and Where We’re Going," Practice Before the Texas Supreme Court, State Bar of Texas, 2009 • "New Jury Charge Problems," Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, State Bar of Texas, 2007 • "Broad Form Jury Charge Update," 21st Annual Litigation Update Institute, State Bar of Texas, 2007 • "The Court's Charge to the Jury," Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 2003, 2005 • "The Court's Charge to the Jury," Advanced Personal Injury Course, State Bar of Texas, 2005 • "The Court's Charge to the Jury," Practice Before the Supreme Court, State Bar of Texas, 2004 • "Proof of Causation-Selected Causation Trends Before the Supreme Court," Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, State Bar of Texas, 2004 • "The Court's Charge to the Jury State and Federal," Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 2002 • "Appellate Professionalism," Advanced Appellate Course, State Bar of Texas, 1996, 2001 • "The Court's Charge to the Jury," University of Texas School of Law, Appellate Course, 2000 • "The Court's Charge to the Jury," Advanced Appellate Course, State Bar of Texas, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998 • "Federal Summary Judgments: A Practice Guide," 1996 Federal Civil Practice Seminar, SMU School of Law Continuing Education, 1996 • "Injunctions, Interpleaders and Other Extraordinary Remedies in Federal Court," 1995 Federal Civil Practice Seminar, SMU School of Law Continuing Education, 1995 • "Perfecting Appeal: Post Verdict Motions," 1994 Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 1993, 1994 • "DTPA Defenses," Seventh Annual Advanced DTPA/Insurance Consumer Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1994 • "Overcoming the Ultimate Financial Barrier: Inability to Pay the Judgment," Advanced /DTPA/Insurance/Consumer Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1993 • "Federal Pre-Trial and Trial," Federal Court Practice Institute, State Bar of Texas, 1992 • "Restoration Under the DTPA," Advanced DTPA-Consumer Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1991 • "Rescuing the Record on Appeal," Advanced Appellate Course, State Bar of Texas, 1990 • "Special Exceptions and Summary Judgments," Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 1990 • "The DTPA in Federal Court," State Bar of Texas, 1990

Representative Cases:

  • Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group
  • BP America Production
  • Hospital Corporation of America

Honors and Awards:

  •  Supreme Court of Texas Advisory Committee (1999 – Present)  Chair, Appellate Section, State Bar of Texas (2002 – 2003)  Chair, Drafting Committee of "Standards for Appellate Conduct," (1995 – 2002)  Course Director, State Bar Advanced Civil Trial Course (2004)  Course Director, State Bar Advanced Appellate Practice Course (1994)  Pattern Jury Charge Committee, Business, Consumer, Employment Law (1991 – 2001)  Texas Center for Legal Ethics Board of Trustees (2002 – 2004)  Grievance Committee, District 13 (1990 – 1994)  Chair (1993 – 1994)  U.S. District Court Advisory Group, Northern District of Texas (1992 – 1997)  Co-Author, Report on Cost and Delay in U.S. District Courts for Northern District of Texas  Course Director, State Bar Advanced DTPA – Consumer Law Course (1989)  Chair, Consumer Law Section, State Bar of Texas (1987 – 1988)  The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Law  "Texas Super Lawyer", Super Lawyers Magazine

Nature of Firm's Practice:

  • Greenberg Traurig is an internationally respected law firm.