Mr. Watkins’ area of expertise is real estate and contract law. He assists clients in commercial and residential developments, lease negotiations, community association documentation, construction contracts, construction loans and permanent financing, security instruments, loan arrangements and workouts.
Mr. Watkins is an active member of the State Bar of California. He is a former two-term Chair of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Real Estate Law Section, served as an OCBA director, and is a former delegate to the State Bar Conference of Delegates. Mr. Watkins is a former member of the Building Industry Association and is active with the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce where he has served as its Chairman of the Board and currently serves on the Chamber’s Executive Committee and numerous Committees and Councils.
Mr. Watkins is the former Vice Chair of the State Bar Real Property Law Section Executive Committee and the former Managing Editor of the California Closing Practices Handbook. He is a regular speaker on panels sponsored by the Continuing Education of the Bar, the State Bar and local bar associations. Mr. Watkins received his undergraduate degree (B.A.), M.B.A. and law degree (J.D.) from the University of Southern California.