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E cwatson@sowellgray.com

P (803) 231-7839
F (803) 231-7889
Cal 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
  • 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
  • Wofford College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1984
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • President of the Student Body
  • The Honorable Robert F. Chapman, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
    • Former President (2014-2015)
    • Board of Governors (1998-2000, 2009-present)
    • House of Delegates (1997-present)
    • Conventions Committee (2003-2008)
    • Nominating Committee (2001-2004)
    • Long Range Planning Committee (2000-2001)
    • Former President, Young Lawyers Division (1997-1998)
    • Former Member, Long Range Planning Committee, Young Lawyers Division (1995-1996)
  • South Carolina Bar Foundation
    • Former President (2006-2007)
    • Former Member, Board of Directors (2000-2008)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • International Association of Defense Counsel Technology
    • Chair, Professional Liability (2016-2018)
    • Chair, Trial Tactics Committees and Social Media Task Force
    • Former Chair, Business Litigation (2010-2012)
  • John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court (President, 2010-2011)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents
    • Former Member, Communications Committee (2014)
  • Southern Conference of Bar Presidents
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court
    • President (2010-2011)
  • Access to Justice Commission (2006-2012)
  • South Carolina Lawyer Magazine
    • Former Member, Editorial Board (2000-2007)
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina Certified Mediator
  • 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.
  • South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Awards Lawyer of the Year (2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation (2010-2018), Lawyer of the Year (2016)
    • Commercial Litigation (2008-2018)
    • Professional Malpractice Law, Defendants (2008-2018)
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer”
    • Professional Liability Defense (2010-2012)
    • Business Litigation (2008-2017)
  • Chambers U.S.A. America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-2017)
  • Litigation Special Report Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation (2012)
  • Historic Columbia Innovative Leadership Award (2010)
  • USC Law School Alumni Association Compleat Lawyer Award Silver Medallion (2001)
  • Co-Presenter, “Professional Liability in the Age of Social Media,” Meritas U.S./Canada Litigation and Labor & Employment Group Joint Fall Meeting (October 2017)
  • Presenter, “Spotlight on Conflicts of Interest,” CLE Webinar, Attorney Protective (May 2017)
  • 20 Years Strong Service Project:  Ask-A-Lawyer event
  • Historic Columbia Foundation
    • Former President (2007-2009)
  • Wofford College National Alumni Association
    • Former President (2000)
  • Wofford College Parents Advisory Council (2012-2013)
  • AC Flora PTSO
    • Former Co-President (2011-2012)

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