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Colin Watson litigates insurance coverage disputes for corporate policyholders. He has acted in state and federal courts around the country, and has pursued coverage for a range of underlying liabilities, including mass tort, professional liability, and shareholder claims, as well as for first-party property and business interruption losses. Mr. Watson has helped obtain significant insurance recoveries for clients in multiple industries, including energy, financial services, real estate, and sports. In addition to his insurance practice, Mr. Watson has significant experience litigating a broad range of commercial and non-commercial disputes involving, among other things, securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, anti-competitive conduct, false advertising, trademark infringement, and employer negligence.

  • 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 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