Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., Mercer University
J.D., University of Georgia
John L. Watkins is a partner at Thompson Hine, where he practices in the firm's Business Litigation group. He specializes in complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage, bad faith litigation and in-bound international business transactions. This includes claims involving trade secrets and confidential information, construction claims, product liability claims, shareholder disputes and claims involving commercial contracts and negotiable instruments. 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 multi-million dollar coverage and bad faith disputes. He also has experience in defending many types of underlying claims that lead to coverage disputes, such as catastrophic tort claims, environmental claims and construction claims.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Mercer University and his law degree summa cum laude from the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the Georgia Law Review editorial board and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.