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Greenberg Traurig Expands Commitment to Texas, Adds Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee Member Skip Watson

AUSTIN – June 12, 2018 – Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) continues to strategically expand its presence in Texas with the addition of a member of the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee. Charles “Skip” Watson joins the firm as an Appellate Practice shareholder in its Austin office.

“We are excited to have Skip join our Appellate Practice. He is an accomplished board certified civil appellate specialist with an exceptional track record, particularly in the Texas Supreme Court,” said Dale Wainwright, chair of the Texas Appellate Practice. “Skip’s addition reflects our continuing commitment to appellate excellence that results in critical victories. Welcoming Skip to Greenberg Traurig further supports our commitment to clients in Texas and nationwide.” Wainwright joined GT in Texas in 2017. Prior to joining, he served on the Texas Supreme Court for 10 years, authoring more than 125 opinions. Elected to the Supreme Court in 2002, he was the third-longest-serving member of the court at the time of his return to private practice.

Watson focuses his practice on high-stakes appeals in Texas. He has an unparalleled record of precedent setting opinions in the area of oil and gas. For nearly two decades, he has served and advised the Texas Supreme Court as an appointed member of its 50-member Rules Advisory Committee and the Court unanimously adopted the Standards for Appellate Conduct drafted by the State Bar Appellate Section he chaired. He joins GT Shareholder Elliot H. Scherker as one of fewer than 300 appellate attorneys nationally to be elected as a fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Watson currently chairs the Academy’s Federal Appellate Rules Committee.

“I am looking forward to joining Greenberg Traurig’s appellate and energy practices in Austin, working alongside some of the best practitioners in the profession,” Watson said. “The firm’s highly regarded attorneys, culture of collaboration, and strong presence in Texas are important to my clients. In turn, it is my goal to utilize my experience to further grow the practice here.”

“The addition of Skip to Greenberg Traurig’s Appellate team in Texas adds another four decades of appellate experience and an accomplished track record of client successes, as well as deepening Greenberg Traurig’s energy expertise. He is a great addition to our Texas Appellate Group and our National Appellate Practice,” Scherker, co-chair of the firm’s National Appellate Practice, said.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation Practice: Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation Practice includes a team of more than 600 attorneys. The firm’s trial lawyers regularly appear in state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as in appellate courts and before international arbitration panels. They work closely with in-house counsel to develop a strategy that best fits a litigation cost and proficiency model appropriate to the client’s unique needs goals.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP – Texas: Greenberg Traurig has more than 125 attorneys in Texas, serving clients from offices in Austin, Dallas, and Houston.

About Greenberg Traurig: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and is among the Top 20 on the 2017 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.