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Colin Watson litigates insurance coverage disputes for policyholders. He also counsels clients on insurance-related issues. Mr. Watson has acted in state and federal courts around the country, and has pursued coverage for a range of underlying liabilities, including mass tort, pollution, product defect, consumer privacy, antitrust, and shareholder claims, as well as for first-party property and business interruption losses. He has experience with a variety of coverages, including CGL, E&O, D&O, commercial property, pollution, and the Bermuda Form. Mr. Watson has helped obtain hundreds of millions of dollars for clients in multiple industries, including energy, asset management, custodian and investment banking, consumer finance, financial technology, real estate, and sports.

  • Representation of professional sports league in insurance coverage litigation concerning concussion-related claims.
  • Representation of global asset management firm in D&O coverage litigation concerning corporate reorganization.
  • Secured $250 million settlement for leading real estate investment trust in property coverage litigation concerning hurricane-related losses.
  • Representation of financial technology company in E&O coverage litigation concerning underlying FACTA liabilities.
  • Representation of professional sports organizations seeking commercial property coverage for Covid-19 related losses.
  • Advise multiple hotel owners with respect to commercial property overage for Covid-19 related losses.
  • Representation of midstream energy company seeking coverage for liabilities arising out of oil spill under Bermuda Form policies.
  • Representation of privately held energy company in MTBE coverage litigation.
  • Representation of leading integrated oil company in asbestos coverage litigation.
  • Advise global investment bank with respect to D&O coverage in connection with criminal antitrust prosecution of former FX trader.
  • Advise bank holding company with respect to D&O coverage in connection with Dodd-Frank Act resolution planning activities.
  • Advise loan servicing company with respect to D&O and E&O coverage for various public and private litigations.
  • Representation of leading business and technology services firm in tort litigation arising out of workplace mass shooting.
  • Won pre-trial dismissal of all claims against biotechnology firm in antitrust and false advertising litigation concerning its branded spasticity-management drug.
  • Won motion to dismiss all claims against collateral manager in CDO litigation involving allegations of fraud and conspiracy.
  • Won Second Circuit appeal for oil and gas firm, enforcing arbitration agreement and confirming $75 million ICDR award.
  • Representation of traders and other professionals in multiple federal and state investigations, as well as related civil litigation, concerning the mortgage securitization businesses of several major investment banks.
  • Representation of SLC in derivative litigation alleging breach of fiduciary duty by the majority shareholder of media technology firm.
  • Representation of leading manufacturer of outdoor products, asserting claims of trademark infringement and unfair competition.

Pro Bono

  • For Purple Heart recipient, litigate claim for military medical retirement in U.S. Court of Federal Claims. 
  • For single father, vacated twelve year old D.C. Superior Court judgment, allowing restoration of driving privileges. 
  • Briefed and argued challenge to prison disciplinary sanctions in New York’s Appellate Division.
  • Secured judgments for Nassau County nail salon employees in federal wage and hour litigation.
  • Won favorable sentencing treatment from Bronx County District Attorney for client accused of assault and burglary.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Federalist Society