Skip Watson

Skip Watson is a go-to lawyer for must-win appeals in Texas. The Texas Supreme Court has sought his advice over nearly two decades of appointment to its 50-member Rules Advisory Committee and unanimously adopted the Standards for Appellate Conduct drafted by the State Bar Appellate Section committee he chaired. Nationally, Skip is one of fewer than 300 appellate specialists elected as a fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Direct Dial: 512.493.9615

Email: crw@dgclaw.com

  • Professional Associations and Memberships:
  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • 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
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Law
  • "Texas Super Lawyer", Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Bar Admissions:
  • Texas, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1993
  • D.C. Court of Appeals, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 1978
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, 1989
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 1990
  • The Supreme Court of Texas, 1977
  • Education:
  • J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 1978
  • Law Review, Associate Editor, 1976 – 1977
  • Best Law Review Comment published in Texas, State Bar of Texas Business Law Section, 1977
  • 1L Moot Court Competition Winner, 1975
  • B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1975
  • Debate Society