Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., Mercer University
J.D., University of Georgia
John L. Watkins is a partner at Thompson Hine's Atlanta office, where he practices in the firm’s business litigation and corporate groups. He handles complex commercial litigation and arbitration, including claims involving trade secrets and confidential information, construction claims, product liability claims, shareholder disputes and claims involving commercial contracts.
A primary focus of his practice is insurance coverage. He represents policyholders in insurance coverage and bad faith claims and litigation. He also counsels policyholders on the defense and settlement of third-party claims, and reviews and analyzes insurance coverage. Watkins has extensive prior experience representing insurance companies in multimillion dollar coverage and bad faith disputes. He also has experience in defending many types of underlying claims that lead to coverage disputes, such as construction claims, catastrophic tort claims and environmental claims.
Watkins’ corporate practice involves representing international companies in doing business in the United States. Primary clients in this area include German and Swiss machinery and equipment suppliers. In this area, he negotiates and drafts equipment supply contracts, terms and conditions, non-disclosure agreements and related agreements.
Watkins serves on the board of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society, an organization that supports the use of arbitration to resolve international commercial disputes and promotes metropolitan Atlanta as a venue for international arbitration. He is also a registered mediator.
Watkins teaches Insurance Law at Georgia Law, where he shares both theoretical and practical approaches to insurance coverage law based on his experience in representing both insurers and insureds in coverage disputes.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Mercer University and his law degree summa cum laude from UGA, where he was a member of the Georgia Law Review editorial board and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.