Oil, gas and coal exploration and production; natural gas marketing, transportation, and storage.
Watts' practice is centered in the energy sector involving a variety of matters: preparation of mining, drilling, and division order title opinions, transactions, litigation and representation before the State Oil and Gas Board of Mississippi for oil and gas exploration and production issues and for gas storage issues. Watts has represented both operators and land owners in disputes over royalty calculation and payment. His litigation experience includes mineral ownership disputes, land line disputes and lease expiration disputes. Best Lawyers in America (Administrative /Regulatory Law, Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Mining Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law, Real Estate Law); Super Lawyers (Energy & Natural Resources and Real Estate); Mississippi Business Journal Attorney of the Year for 2015; Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating since 1990 for professional excellence at the highest level.
Mississippi Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Fifth Circuit Bar, Mississippi Oil and Gas Lawyers Association, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, American Association of Professional Landmen.
BS, Mississippi State University, 1972; JD, University of Mississippi, 1975