Thomas T. Watkinson II

Partner

  • location icon San Diego, CA
    701 B Street
    Suite 1900
    San Diego, CA 92101

Tom Watkinson is a partner in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. Tom is an experienced litigator whose practice covers a diverse range of domestic and international matters, with particular emphasis on complex contract disputes, business torts, white collar matters, and securities litigation. He has litigated matters through appeal in federal and state jurisdictions across the country, and defended clients at arbitration and administrative proceedings. He has also frequently conducted internal investigations for companies and represented clients in civil and criminal government investigations. His practice also includes a long-standing commitment to pro bono and public interest litigation, particularly in First Amendment Litigation.  

Tom is a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California, where he primarily investigated and handled both criminal restitution and civil cases against financial fraudsters, companies, executives, and government contractors. Prior to moving to San Diego, he worked for several years as a litigator at another AMLAW 100 Firm in Philadelphia in the Trial & Dispute Resolution Group, successfully defending a range of Fortune 500 and emerging companies during contract and trade secret disputes, securities fraud litigation, government investigations, and class actions, particularly in the pharmaceutical, biotech, multimedia, and technology industries. He graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law with honors as a member of Law Review. 

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
    • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Admissions

California

Pennsylvania

United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Sixth and Ninth Circuits

United States District Court for the Southern District of California

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania

Education

Temple University Beasley School of Law

Juris Doctor, with Honors

  • Law Review

University of Scranton

Bachelor of Science in Political Science and History, with High Honors

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