Hal Watson Joins Chaffe
Harold K. "Hal" Watson
Direct Dial Number: (504) 585-7354
Chaffe McCall, L.L.P. Is pleased to announce that Harold K. “Hal” Watson has joined Chaffe's Houston office effective immediately.
Hal has over 30 years experience in maritime and energy law representing domestic and foreign interests, with particular emphasis on insurance law. He represents insurers, oil and gas operators and contractors, shipowners, charterers, and others in marine, energy, construction, and coverage matters throughout the United States and abroad. Hal’s practice will be supported by Chaffe’s Houston and Louisiana offices and their existing insurance, maritime, international, and transportation practice.
Hal was previously a partner at Locke Lord, L.L.P and its predecessor firms, an associate of Vinson & Elkins, and a law clerk to Hon. Alvin B. Rubin, U.S. District Court, Eastern Division of Louisiana. He has also served as an adjunct lecturer in maritime law at Loyola University of New Orleans.
Hal is lauded by his peers in the legal community. Recently, The Texas Lawyer named him as one of the five “go to” maritime lawyers in Texas and, in 2011, he was named one of the three-dozen Super Lawyers in the field of insurance coverage in Texas. He is also regularly included in The Best Lawyers in America in maritime law.
He is a frequent lecturer, and sits on the planning committees, for the Houston Marine Insurance Seminar and the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute. Hal is currently the secretary of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and is a member of the Association of Average Adjusters of the United States. He formerly served as chairman of the Energy and Maritime Law Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel and as a director of the Episcopal Foundation of Texas.
Hal earned a Master of Laws from Yale Law School in 1977, and graduated third in his class with a Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University Law Center in 1974, where he served as associate editor of the Louisiana Law Review and was a member of Order of the Coif. Hal received his Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University in 1971. He is admitted to practice law in Louisiana, Texas and the United States Supreme Court and is a member of each corresponding bar. For more information, on Chaffe McCall or Hal’s practice, please visit www.chaffe.com.