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Colin Watson
Colin P. Watson
Washington +1 202 662 5078 Download V-card

Colin Watson represents financial services, energy, and technology firms in commercial disputes in state and federal court, with an emphasis on insurance recovery litigation for sophisticated policyholders. He also has substantial experience representing financial services professionals before federal and state regulators, and in related civil litigation.

Mr. Watson maintains an active pro bono practice, representing individuals — including prisoners — in a variety of matters. In 2015, he was one of only ten recipients of the New York State Bar Association’s Access to Justice Award, for his contributions to public service. Within the firm, he has served as the summer associate program’s litigation assignments coordinator.

Before relocating to Washington, Mr. Watson practiced in the firm’s New York office for several years.

  • 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 privately held energy company in MTBE coverage litigation.
  • Representation of leading integrated oil company in asbestos coverage litigation.   
  • 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.
  • Representation of senior executive of large reinsurance firm in resolution of federal criminal prosecution arising out of alleged $500 million accounting fraud.
  • Internal investigation for company regarding FCPA compliance in connection with its Middle East business.
  • Representation of financial services firm and several of its employees in connection with SEC insider-trading subpoena.

Pro Bono

  • 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

  • Federal Bar Council
  • Federalist Society