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Charles Skip Watson

Skip Watson represents clients on high-stakes appeals. He is one of fewer than 300 appellate attorneys nationally elected as a fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. For nearly two decades, he has served and advised the Texas Supreme Court as an appointed member of its 50-member Rules Advisory Committee. The Court unanimously adopted the Standards for Appellate Conduct drafted by the State Bar Appellate Section committee Skip chaired.

Skip is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization under the authority of the Supreme Court of Texas.



  • Lead Counsel in the Supreme Court of Texas:
    • Hughes v. Tom Green County, 573 S.W.3d 212 (Tex. 2019)° 
    • BP America Prod. Co. v. Red Deer Resources LLC, 526 S.W.3d 389 (Tex. 2017)°
    • BP America Prod. Co. v. Laddex, Ltd., 513 S.W.3d 476 (Tex. 2017)°
    • Seger v. Yorkshire Ins. Co., 503 S.W.3d 388 (Tex. 2016)°
    • KCM Finance LLC v. Bradshaw, 457 S.W.3d 70 (Tex. 2014)°
    • Merriman v. XTO Energy, Inc., 407 S.W.3d 244 (Tex. 2013)°
    • Reeder v. Wood County Energy, LLC, 395 S.W.3d 789 (Tex. 2012)°
    • Ashford Partners, Ltd. V. ECO Resources, Inc. 401 S.W.3d 35 (Tex. 2012)°
    • Columbia Rio Grande Healthcare, L.P. v. Hawley, 284 S.W.3d 851 (Tex. 2009)°
    • In re Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., L.P., 235 S.W.3d 619 (Tex. 2007)°
    • Hoover Slovacek LLP v. Walton, 206 S.W.3d 557 (Tex. 2006)°
    • Cire v. Cummings, 134 S.W.3d 835 (Tex. 2004)°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Watson prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Recipient, The Texas Center for Legal Ethics, "Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award," 2019
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, 2018-2020
    • Selected, "Lawyer of the Year," Appellate Practice, Austin, 2019
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, “Litigation: Appellate,” 2017-2020
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2004-2019
  • 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
  • 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


  • J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 1978
    • Associate Editor, Texas Tech Law Review
  • B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1975
  • Texas
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas