Michael J. Watson is an experienced mediator and trial lawyer whose practice focuses on tort and commercial litigation in state and federal courts across Texas. His areas of expertise include professional liability defense, insurance coverage litigation and business disputes. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Watson regularly advises clients on insurance coverage and risk mitigation and has extensive experience in assisting clients in identifying and defending questionable or fraudulent claims. He has been awarded an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Honors & Awards

2024 Best Lawyers in America award for Commercial Litigation

Awarded AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Order of the Lytae

South Texas Law Review

Professional Affiliations


State Bar of Texas

Dallas Bar Association

American Bar Association

Texas Association of Defense Counsel

News & Insights


Presenter: Circle of Excellence

Presenter: “Prompt Payment of Claims and the Texas Insurance Code”

Presenter: “Investigating and Defending Arson Claims” North Texas IASIU – Insurance Fraud Seminar

Author: “When is it Bad Faith to Settle for Policy Limits?” Dallas Bar Association, Headnotes, Tort and Insurance Law



South Texas College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1998

West Texas A&M University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1995


  • Texas Courts
  • United States District Court, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts
    of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan


  • Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, L.L.P., December 2013 – present
  • Walker Sewell, L.L.P., June 2004 – December 2013
  • Sandbote & Waggoner, P.C., August 2001 – June 2004
  • Watson & Dressler, November 1998 – August 2001
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