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E cwatson@sowellgray.com

P (803) 231-7839
F (803) 231-7889
Cal Watson is a litigator with experience in complex business and insurance disputes, class actions, and professional liability and ethics. During his 28 years of practice, Cal has represented numerous individuals, local and national businesses, partnerships, insurance companies, and financial institutions. Named by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly as 2015 Lawyer of the Year, Cal has been consistently recognized by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA. Active in the South Carolina Bar, Cal has served as President of the South Carolina Bar, President of the South Carolina Bar Foundation, and President of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court. Cal is the managing member of the firm.
  • South Carolina Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Wofford College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1984
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • President of the Student Body
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1987
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Wig and Robe
    • Student Works Editor of the South Carolina Law Review
    • Legal Writing Instructor, 1986-1987
  • American Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel Technology (Chair, 2010-2012), Business Litigation, Professional Liability (Chair, 2016-2017), and Trial Tactics Committees and Social Media Task Force (Chair)
  • John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court (President, 2010-2011)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents
  • Southern Conference of Bar Presidents
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina Certified Mediator
  • The Honorable Robert F. Chapman, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • South Carolina Bar, Immediate Past President (2015-2016); President (2014-2015); President-Elect (2013-2014); Treasurer (2012-2013); Secretary (2011-2012); Conventions Committee (2003-2008); Nominating Committee (2001-2004); Long Range Planning Committee (2000-2001)
  • President, John Belton O’Neall American Inn of Court (2010-2011)
  • South Carolina Bar Board of Governors (1998-2000, 2009-present)
  • South Carolina Bar House of Delegates (1997-present)
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents (2013-present), Communications Committee (2014)
  • Access to Justice Commission (2006-2012)
  • South Carolina Bar Foundation, Immediate Past President (2007-2008); President (2006-2007); President-Elect (2005-2006); Secretary-Treasurer (2004-2005); Member of Board (2000-2008)
  • Editorial Board of South Carolina Lawyer Magazine (2000-2007)
  • South Carolina Bar, Young Lawyers Division, Immediate Past President (1998-1999); President (1997-1998); President-Elect (1996-1997); Secretary-Treasurer (1995-1996); Long Range Planning Committee (1995-1996)
  • Lawyer of the Year, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Awards (2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, 2008-2017), Commercial Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, 2008-2017), Professional Malpractice Law, Defendants
  • Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, 2010-2017),  Bet-the-Company Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year (2015)
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer” Business Litigation (2008-2016)
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer” Professional Liability Defense (2010-2012)
  • Chambers U.S.A. America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-2016)
  • Selected as a Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by Litigation Special Report (2012)
  • Recipient, Innovative Leadership Award, Historic Columbia (2010)
  • Recipient, Compleat Lawyer Award Silver Medallion, USC Law School Alumni Association (2001)
  • Moore, Taylor, & Thomas, P.A. v. Banks, 2015 WL 9080386 (S.C. Ct. App. 2015).  This case involved the question of whether an attorney owes a duty to a third party in a real estate closing.  The South Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of the case.
  • 20 Years Strong Service Project:  Ask-A-Lawyer event
  • President, Historic Columbia Foundation (2007-2009)
  • President, Wofford College National Alumni Association (2000)
  • Wofford College Parents Advisory Council (2012-2013)
  • AC Flora PTSO (Co-President, 2011-2012)

JCW 2017  Best Lawyers - Cal WatsonBest Lawyers Lawyer of the Year - Cal WatsonChambers USA - Cal Watson  Super Lawyers - Cal Watson