Pat Watson concentrates in antitrust and other complex business litigation. In the antitrust litigation area, Mr. Watson has focused on the representation of corporate plaintiffs who choose to opt out of class action litigation involving price fixing to pursue direct claims and has obtained large recoveries for such companies. In addition, he has successfully defended individuals and corporations in federal and state antitrust cases, including class actions, involving price fixing, price discrimination, monopolization and other alleged violations of the antitrust laws. Mr. Watson also has handled litigation involving franchising and distribution issues and unfair trade practices.
In addition to litigation, he has provided legal guidance to companies and trade associations in various industries on a variety of antitrust related issues, including pricing, advertising, joint ventures, benchmarking and strategic transactions. As part of his compliance work, he has assisted clients with antitrust related audits and in the development of training programs. He also has assisted companies with internal investigations and responses to government subpoenas, and has represented clients in obtaining antitrust regulatory approval for mergers.
Apart from antitrust and trade regulation matters, Mr. Watson has handled commercial litigation and dispute resolution involving software development contracts, warranty clauses in asset purchase agreements, implementation of ERP systems, ERISA violations and other complex business disputes. Mr. Watson also has substantial experience handling appellate litigation in federal and state courts.
Mr. Watson also is a frequent speaker on antitrust and compliance issues. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the Antitrust Section of the Georgia Bar and has served on the section board for several years.