J. Calhoun Watson
Sowell Gray Attorney Cal Watson Elected Member of S.C. Bar Board of Governors
May 7, 2009
Columbia attorney J. Calhoun Watson will be installed as a member of the South Carolina Bar Board of Governors on Thursday, May 14, during the Bar’s House of Delegates meeting at the Poinsett Club in Greenville.
Watson is a partner in the Columbia law firm of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, class actions and professional negligence. He was previously a clerk to the Hon. Robert F. Chapman, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He is admitted to practice before the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1987.
Watson is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, Richland County Bar Association, American Bar Association, John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court, S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association, S.C. Access to Justice Commission and the Defense Research Institute. He is also president of the Historic Columbia Foundation and a past president of the Wofford College National Alumni Association.
Previous positions held within the South Carolina Bar include member of the House of Delegates, Conventions Committee, Nominating Committee and Long Range Planning Committee; president of the South Carolina Bar Foundation, president of the Young Lawyers Division; and member of the editorial board of the South Carolina Lawyer magazine.
Watson is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and S.C. Super Lawyers. In 2001, he was honored with the USC School of Law’s Compleat Lawyer Award, which recognizes alumni for outstanding civic and professional accomplishments.
The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 13,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.
About Sowell Gray
Located in Columbia’s historic Vista district, Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte LLC provides business and litigation representation in all state and federal trial and appellate courts. Founded in 1996, the firm serves clients ranging from multi-national corporations to small businesses and individuals.