Jermaine Watson | Fort Worth Bankruptcy & Debt Lawyer

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Jermaine Watson

Bankruptcy & Debt, Commercial Bankruptcy, Business, Employment, Oil & Gas, Merit Systems Protection Board Representation

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JERMAINE WATSON’s practice focuses primarily on chapter 11 business bankruptcy reorganizations, chapter 7 business bankruptcy proceedings, creditors’ rights, and commercial litigation. Mr. Watson also represents federal employees in labor and employment matters against federal agencies before the Merit Systems Protection Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Mr. Watson has participated in chapter 11 and chapter 7 proceedings in bankruptcy courts throughout Texas, and also in the Northern District of Ohio, Western District of Arkansas, District of Delaware and the Southern District of New York. Mr. Watson has assisted chapter 7 and chapter 11 business debtor clients and creditors in the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas. He has confirmed chapter 11 plans for e-commerce, healthcare, energy, and construction companies in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in the Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas. He has also assisted entrepreneurs in filing business chapter 7 cases in bankruptcy courts in the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Watson has also represented trustees and liquidating trustees in bankruptcy proceedings.

In more recent years, Mr. Watson has expanded his practice to include representing companies in business litigation before Texas state courts and in arbitration proceedings. Most recently, Mr. Watson has successfully obtained for an international business client a substantial arbitration award. Mr. Watson also represents federal employees in labor and employment disputes against federal agencies before the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Mr. Watson began his legal career as a law clerk to Chief Bankruptcy Judge, Kathy A. Surratt-States of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri. After completing his four-year clerkship, Mr. Watson joined the Dallas office of a large Texas-based law firm for nearly five years where he concentrated his practice on restructuring troubled companies, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy related litigation. Mr. Watson later became the founding shareholder of M. J. Watson & Associates, P.C. in Dallas, Texas where he continued to focus his practice primarily on restructuring troubled businesses and creditors’ rights.

Mr. Watson is a longtime council member of the State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Section, where he currently serves as its Public Education Chair. Mr. Watson is also a member of the Dallas Bar Association, J. L. Turner Legal Association, American Bankruptcy Institute and the Dallas Business Club. Besides his professional affiliations, Mr. Watson is an active member of Scouts B.S.A. (formerly Boy Scouts of America) where he serves as an adult leader. Mr. Watson is a member of the Arlington/Grand Prairie Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Arlington Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.

Recently, I obtained a large arbitration award for an international client in the energy industry. It was a very complex case and involved litigation between parties in three countries.

How did you build a successful practice?

I built a successful practice by putting my clients' needs first. I also engage my former clients and ask them to refer their friends and contacts to my law firm.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?

The main thing clients should look for in any lawyer is competence. A lawyer should have subject matter expertise involving the legal matter being addressed. The lawyer and client should also share rapport, which makes communication between lawyer and client seamless. Communication is absolutely necessary for an effective representation. Clients should also seek out lawyers who are responsive and generally return calls and emails within 24 hours.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?

Local knowledge is important in most cases. Attorneys who know the legal environment in their local legal market have an advantage.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?

I provide 10 to 15 minutes of basic information to assist the potential client in identifying legal issues based on that consultation.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?

I need the basic facts and concerns that led the client to seek legal advice. A free phone consultation only provides basic information related to a potential client's case and the likely legal issues identified during that phone call.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?

I have substantial experience in my legal practice areas. I genuinely care for my clients and put their needs before my own. I also work extremely hard to achieve the best result in their cases. I am honest about the likelihood of success and the costs involved to achieve a given legal result.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is helping my clients resolve their legal issue.

What are your other interests in addition to law?

I am a classic car enthusiast and like to drive my classic car on the weekends when I have the time.

Are you involved in your community?

Yes. I am a member of the Arlington Grand Prairie, Texas Graduate Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated. I am also a member of the Arlington Seventh Day Adventist Church. I am an adult leader in the Scouts BSA organization. I have attended and led leadership training for adult leaders in the scouting movement.

Position Organization Location Duration
PartnerBonds Ellis Eppich Schafer Jones, LLPFort Worth, TXPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
University of Tennessee College of LawJ.D. Law School2003  
University of TennesseeMastersFinance2003
Elon UniversityBachelors1999
State / Court Date
Missouri2006
Texas2008
  • Dallas Bar Association | Labor & Employment Section
    Dallas Bar Association | Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section
    Texas Bar Association | Bankruptcy Section | Council Member
    American Bankruptcy Institute
    Missouri Bar Association
    The Dallas Business Club
    J.L. Turner Legal Association
    Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Arlington – Grand Prairie Chapter
  • Texas Rising Star | 2014
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(2006) Licensed as Attorney in Missouri. Verified with Missouri Bar.December 16, 2020
(2008) Licensed as Attorney in Texas. Verified with Texas Bar Association.December 16, 2020

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TX State Lawyer Additional Information: Primary Practice Location: Fort Worth, Texas Firm Size: 10 - 20 Lawyers

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Language: English

Update Date: 2019-09-15

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