Michael James Watson

Michael James Watson

Practice areas:

Insurance, Insurance fraud

About me

Michael J. Watson has extensive experience in assisting insurance carriers and third-party administrators in all aspects of handling disputed, questioned or fraudulent claims.  Mr. Watson regularly conducts examinations under oath, advises insurance carriers on coverage issues, and litigates first-party matters in Texas and Federal Courts stemming from residential and commercial property claims, auto property claims, staged accidents, arson, and claims involving inflated or fraudulent medical expenses. 

In addition to his insurance coverage practice, Mr. Watson has substantial experience defending agents in E&O matters and in defending third-party wrongful death, premises liability, construction defect and other negligence claims.

Mr. Watson received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1998 where he graduated Cum Laude.  He was also a member of South Texas Law Review.


Contact info

16000 N. Dallas Pkwy.
Suite 800
Dallas, TX, 75248

Legal cases

  • Lainie Whitmire v. National Cutting Horse Assn.

    Practice Area:
    Successful jury trial on breach of oral contract and false imprisonment claims.
    This case dealt with the rights of a member of a non-profit organization. We prevailed on appeal on the breach of oral contract claim and won a jury verdict upon remand to the trial court.
  • TIG Insurance Company v. Stebbins Five Companies, Ltd.

    Practice Area:
    Successfully obtained dismissal of all claims
    Representation of company in action to recover proceeds expended on questionable worker’s compensation claims.
  • Clicks Billiards, Inc. v. Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs of Dallas, Inc., et al.

    Practice Area:
    Successfully obtained favorable summary judgment rulings on various claims leading to highly favorable settlement for agent.
    Defended negligence and DTPA action brought against Texas surplus lines agent.
State Status Acquired Updated
TX Eligible To Practice In Texas 1998 12/20/2016
Award name Grantor Date granted
AV Peer Review Rating Martindale-Hubbell 2011
Order of Lytae STCL N/A
Work experience
Title Company name Duration
Partner Walker Sewell LLP 2005 – Present
Associate Sandbote & Waggoner 2002 – 2005
Association name Position name Duration
International Association of Special Investigation Units Member 2010 – Present
North Texas Chapter – International Association of Special Investigation Units Member 2010 – Present
Dallas Bar Association Member N/A
American Bar Association Member N/A
State Bar of Texas Member N/A
Texas Association of Defense Counsel Member N/A
Publication name Title Date
Dallas Bar Association, Headnotes “When is it Bad Faith to Settle for Policy Limits?” 2010
School name Major Degree Graduated
South Texas College of Law Law JD – Juris Doctor 1998
West Texas A&M University Canyon, Texas N/A BS – Bachelor of Science 1995
Speaking engagements
Conference name Title Date
Continuing Education Seminars Prompt Payment of Claims 2010
Continuing Education Ethical Fraud Investigations N/A

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