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Houston Watson

Houston Watson

Attorney at Law

San Clemente
California
Licensed in
CA, TX
Northwestern University School of Law
5.0 5
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines
out of 2 reviews
About
Houston graduated from Northwestern law school and also has bachelor degrees in business administration and geology from SMU in Dallas. His practice areas include business law and commercial contracts, with a particular emphasis on real estate, corporate,trademarks, mergers/acquisitions, cannabis/alcohol, labor and regulatory/compliance issues. A patient attorney, Houston enjoys working with startups and helping them properly handle all legal matter related to their business.
29
Years
experience

Representative Clients

Practice Areas

Client Reviews

5.0
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines
out of 2 reviews
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"Houston represented my professional medical practice and myself in very serious sexual battery,,negligent hiring/retention and premises liability case.I will always be thankful for his gift of intelligence, ethics and tenacity. He saved my company"

Bet the Company Litigation
Non-UpCounsel Client
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"Houston assisted us in licensing intellectual property along with manufacturing and distribution agreements that went along with these rights. His expertise and skills lie in analyzing risk, negotiating deal points and terms, and then drafting professional and unique documents to mitigate those risks and paper the deal."

Licensing, Manufacturing and Distribution Agreements
Non-UpCounsel Client

Work History

BWA Law Group, LLP

PARTNER

Sep 2013 - Sep 2019

Responsible for complex litigation and transactional matters, including those relating to intellectual property, consumer goods, real estate finance, acquisition and development, business entity formation, regulatory and compliance, mergers and acquisitions,shareholder disputes, restaurant and hospitality, franchising, labor, cannabis, alcoholic beverages,

Sep 2013 - Sep 2019

United Brands

In House General Counsel

Nov 2011 - Aug 2013

Chief Legal Officer of an alcoholic beverage manufacturer with distribution relationships in 48 states. Minimized risk and ensured compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Oversaw and managed less senior employees and outside counsel within budgetary constraints.

Nov 2011 - Aug 2013

Sun Holdings LLC

In House General Counsel

Sep 2019 - Nov 2011

In House General Counsel for Texas Holding Company with over 200 restaurant franchises (some leased and some developed) throughout the United States including El Pollo Loco, Denny’s, Golden Corral, CiCi’s Pizza, Popeye’s Chicken. Oversaw and managed outside counsel within budgetary constraints.

Sep 2019 - Nov 2011

Klinedinst

Senior Counsel

Aug 2007 - Feb 2010

Responsible for complex litigation and transactional matters, including those relating to intellectual property, consumer goods, real estate finance, acquisition and development, business entity formation, regulatory and compliance, mergers and acquisitions,shareholder disputes, restaurant and hospitality, franchising, labor, cannabis, alcoholic beverages.

Aug 2007 - Feb 2010

Law Offfice of Houston Watson

Owner

Jan 2002 - Aug 2007

Responsible for complex litigation and transactional matters, including those relating to intellectual property, consumer goods, real estate finance, acquisition and development, business entity formation, regulatory and compliance, mergers and acquisitions,shareholder disputes, restaurant and hospitality, franchising, labor, cannabis, alcoholic beverages.

Jan 2002 - Aug 2007

Walsworth, Franklin, Bevins & McCall

Partner

Jul 1993 - Dec 2001

Head of Corporate Transactions Department

Jul 1993 - Dec 2001

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