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Linda M. Watson

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Office

Birmingham

151 S. Old Woodward
Suite 200
Birmingham, MI 48009
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Fax: 248.988.2333
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Practice Areas
Litigation
Areas of Emphasis
Business LitigationCommercial LitigationDiscovery ServicesEmployment LitigationIntellectual Property LitigationTrust & Estate Litigation
Industries
AerospaceAutomotive & ManufacturingHealth Care
Education
J.D., cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan, 1991
B.A., Oakland University, Rochester Hills, Michigan, 1987
State Bar Licenses
Michigan
Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
Membership
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
Oakland County Bar Association
Super lawyers 2015

Linda M. Watson

Member

Linda M. Watson is Co-chair of the Automotive & Manufacturing Practice Group. She has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer in business litigation and listed as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Michigan. Linda has over 20 years of complex litigation experience representing small to large privately-held business entities, as well as public corporations both at the trial and appellate levels of federal and state courts. Her practice covers all areas of business and commercial litigation, including supply chain matters, contracts actions, employment claims, warranty disputes, business torts, property issues, construction, intellectual property, trade secrets, and copyright and trademark law. Linda has significant experience in the following industries: automotive, manufacturing, health care, information technology, entertainment and banking.

In addition, Linda serves as corporate counsel for companies providing advice and counseling on business and legal matters. Linda lectures and holds workshops and seminars on a national basis for In-House Counsel, offering them best practice guidelines, legal updates and law department management tips. Linda is a graduate of the National Trial Institute for Trial Advocacy, one of the leading institutions for intensive professional training in the art and skills of trial advocacy. In a time when it is difficult to find an attorney who has actual trial experience, Linda has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict. In addition, Linda has served as a discovery master and arbitrator in business disputes.

Linda serves in various leadership roles, including Co-chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Co-chair of the Automotive and Manufacturing Practice Group and as Practice Manager for the Litigation Practice Group in the Birmingham, Michigan office.

Current and Former Professional Activities:

  • Co-chair of the Clark Hill Automotive and Manufacturing Practice Group;
  • Co-chair of the Clark Hill Diversity & Inclusion Committee;
  • Legal Advisor to OESA Warranty Management Counsel;
  • Legal Advisor to Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association;
  • Moderator and Host of Webinar Series for In-House Counsel featuring speakers on topics involving legal updates, best practice tips, business issues and law department management;
  • Vice-Chairperson of The State Bar Publications and Website Advisory Committee;
  • Former Member of the Standing Committee on Judicial Qualifications for the State Bar of Michigan;
  • Member of The Oakland Circuit Court Committee, serving as a liaison between the bench and bar of the Oakland County Bar Association;
  • Speaker for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education;
  • Speaker for the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Recent Publications, Recognitions and Presentations:

  • January 2017, Presenter, “Employee Background Checks,” Clark Hill In-House Counsel webinar
  • March 2015, presentation for OESA for program entitled “Insights and Analysis of OEM Warranty Programs for Suppliers.”
  • February 2015, Moderator for Annual Economic Forecast Panel presented by the Bloomfield Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.
  • February 2015, authored article in Michigan Bar Journal entitled “The Art of Admitting Exhibits into Evidence During Trial.”
  • January 2015, authored article appearing in the OESA Legal Corner entitled “Taking Advantage of the New Business Courts to Resolve Supplier Disputes.”
  • November 2014, presented at the 10th Annual Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference on Best Practices for Admitting Exhibits Into Evidence.
  • October 2013, Moderator for OESA Legal Issues Council Panel Discussion for program entitled “Key Legal Considerations for U.S. and Canada In-House Counsel on Business in Mexico.”
  • July 2013, presentation for OESA Legal Issues Council on the topic “Maintaining Privilege in an In-House Setting.”
  • January 2013-December 2013, moderated monthly In-House Webinar programs addressing intellectual property, employment updates, law department management and government affairs.
  • December 2012, presentation for OESA "2012 OEM Warranty: Real Stories, Winning Solutions and Best Practices."
  • April 2012, SRR Journal, Guest Author, "Warranty Cost Sharing: A Framework for Resolving Disputes."
  • October 2011, article, “Warranty Cost Savings; The Framework for Negotiations,” featured in OESA Comparative Analysis of OEM Warranty Programs presentation and publication.
  • October 2011, group leader, MERA Legislative Summit, Washington, D.C.
  • March 2011, group leader, MEMA Legislative Summit, Washington, D.C.
  • February 2011, moderator for Economic Forecast panel event, presented by The Bloomfield Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.
  • January 2011, In-House Counsel webinar series, “A Practical Look at the FCPA for In-House Attorneys.”
  • Jan. 8, 2010, edition of Corp! magazine, article “How to Keep Your Company Thriving in a Tough Economy.”
  • Dec. 12, 2009, In-House Counsel Workshop, “A Practical Guide to Social Media for the Business and Practice of Law.”
  • Feb. 24, 2009, In-House webinar series, Trade Secrets and Security, “You Can’t Have One Without The Other, Anymore.”
  • Dec. 5, 2008, In-House Counsel Workshop, “Protecting the Privilege.”
  • June 24, 2008, In-House Counsel webinar series, Restrictive Covenants, “The New Realities of Enforcement and Recent Trend.”
  • April 29, 2008, In-House Counsel webinar series, E-Discovery, “What Every In-House Attorney Needs to Know: Best Practice Tips.”
  • March 18, 2008, In-House Counsel webinar series, “Protecting the Attorney Client Privilege: Updates on Best Practices.”
  • April 2008, Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers, listed as Super Lawyer for Michigan.
  • October 2007, edition of Latches magazine feature article “Employ Me as a Shareholder: The W-2 of a Section 489 Plaintiff is Now Relevant.”
  • September 2007, Michigan Super Lawyers magazine, listed as Super Lawyer for business litigation.
  • September 2006, Michigan Super Lawyers magazine, listed as Super Lawyer for business litigation.
  • May 2004, edition of Michigan Bar Journal, “Anticipating Electronic Discovery in Commercial Cases; a Guide for In-house and Corporate Counsel.”
News
Clark Hill’s Ellen E. Hoeppner, Tom L. Kelly, Jane C. Luxton, and Linda M. Watson to Present “The Trump Administration's First 100 Days: In-House Guide to Key Policy and Regulatory Developments” WebinarClark Hill Attorneys Joel D. Applebaum and Linda M. Watson to Present In-House Counsel Webinar “The Trump Card: Effectively Using Demands for Adequate Assurance of Performance"Clark Hill Attorneys Jane C. Luxton and Linda M. Watson to Present In-House Counsel Webinar “The Antitrust Refresher You Really Might Need” on February 21, 2017Clark Hill Kicks Off Its 2017 In-House Counsel Webinar SeriesClark Hill Attorneys Joel D. Applebaum and Linda M. Watson to Present "Can You Really Anticipate Harm in Commercial Agreements?” on November 16, 2016Twenty-Eight Clark Hill Attorneys Named to DBusiness Magazine's 2017 Top Lawyers ListClark Hill Attorneys Joel D. Applebaum and Linda M. Watson to Present “When A Business Deal Goes Bad: Drafting Remedies Provisions in Commercial Contracts” on September 22, 2016Sixty Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsClark Hill Attorneys Thomas K. Ragland & Linda M. Watson to Present “Going, Gone Global: What In-House Attorneys Need to Know About Immigration Law” on April 20, 2016Clark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson to Moderate Two-Part Webinar Series on Enforcement and Compliance for In-House Counsel Clark Hill Announces Its 2016 “In-House Counsel Webinar Series”Clark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson to Moderate Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber Economic Forecast Breakfast on February 2, 2016Sixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for the 2015 Super Lawyers Business EditionClark Hill Members John Hern, Reginald M. Turner, and Linda M. Watson Elected to Clark Hill PLC Executive CommitteeSixty-Five Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2015 ListClark Hill PLC Among Illinois Law Firms Honored for LGBT EqualityClark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson to Present “Insights and Analysis of OEM Warranty Programs for Suppliers" for OESA on March 26, 2015Clark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson Published in the Michigan Bar Journal on “The Art of Admitting Exhibits into Evidence During Trial”Clark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson to Present at the 10th Annual Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference on November 11, 2014Sixty-Three Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2014 List Thirteen Clark Hill Attorneys Included in Hour Detroit Magazine’s Top Women Attorneys in Michigan PublicationClark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson Elected to the Detroit Institute of Arts Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art Board of DirectorsClark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson Moderated a Panel Discussion for Original Equipment Suppliers Association Legal Issues Council October 23, 2013Sixty-Five Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2013 ListClark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Publications and Website Advisory CommitteeClark Hill Attorneys Joel Applebaum and Linda Watson co-author Drafting Liability-Limiting Clauses article to be published by Michigan Bar JournalClark Hill PLC Attorney Linda M. Watson to Present at OESA’s “2012 OEM Warranty: Real Stories, Winning Solutions and Best Practices” sponsored by Clark Hill PLC – Dec 4Clark Hill Attorneys William Kohler and Linda Watson Author Article on Warranty Cost Sharing for Stout Risius Ross Journal MagazineClark Hill PLC Attorney Linda M. Watson to Moderate Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce Economic Forecast Luncheon, April 12Clark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson to Present “Successfully Managing Enforcement Activities and Internal Investigations” Webinar for In-House CounselClark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson to Present During OESA’s Legal Issues Council Fall MeetingAttorney Linda Watson Joins Clark Hill PLCAttorney Linda Watson to Present at OESA Ordinary Warranty Cost Allocation Terms DiscussionClark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson Featured in Corp! MagazineClark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson Theme Editor for Article in Michigan Bar Journal March 2009 Business Law EditionClark Hill Attorneys Michael Antovski and Linda Watson to Present "Indemnification Provisions to be Considered When Negotiating an Acquisition or Disposition Agreement" WebinarClark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson to Present In-House Counsel Webinar "Trade Secrets & Security Issues"Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers’ “Top Attorneys in Business Litigation” ListClark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson Featured in Original Equipment Suppliers Association’s May NewsletterClark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson to Present E-Discovery Webinar as part of Clark Hill’s “In House Counsel Seminar Series”Attorney Linda M. Watson to Present Maintaining Privilege Webinar as part of Clark Hill's "In-House Counsel Seminar Series"Clark Hill Launches "In-House Counsel Seminar Series"Article by Clark Hill Attorney Linda Watson Featured in Oakland County Bar Association’s LachesThirty Two Clark Hill Attorneys Selected as Michigan Super LawyersClark Hill Attorney Linda Watson Appointed to State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on Judicial QualificationsAttorney Linda Watson Joins Clark Hill PLC