December 15, 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada

Famed DUI expert John G. Watkins has now joined The Pariente Law Firm, P.C. as Of Counsel.

John G.Watkins is well-known around the country as the premiere DUI attorney.

John G. Watkins rose to fame in the early 2000’s with a nationally televised trial of one Jessica Williams. Ms. Williams was on trial for hitting and killing six young adults on the freeway as they were picking up trash.

Personal Background:
John Watkins was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. He attended UNLV and graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Missouri in Saint Louis with a B. A. in Philosophy in 1977. He received his J. D. from St. Louis University (Billikens) in 1980. He was allowed to practice law during his third year of law school pursuant to authorization by the Missouri Supreme Court. His assignment was to Legal Aid in St. Louis where he represented indigents. He worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Pavlikowski in 1980 before becoming a Deputy District Attorney (Criminal Division) in the Clark County District Attorney’s Office in 1981 under Bob Miller. He has since ran his own legal practice for over 33 years focusing on Civil Litigation and Criminal Defense work. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell with a perfect 5. He is licensed to practice law in Nevada. He was admitted to the Nevada State Bar in 1980, the U. S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit in 1983, and the United States Supreme Court in 1986.

He has been married to Barbara Watkins for 46 years. They have 4 sons, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Professional History:
John G. Watkins’ professional experience is in Criminal Defense (Felonies, Gross Misdemeanors, Misdemeanors, and Traffic), and Civil Litigation (Family Law, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Juvenile Law, Mental Health, Welfare, Social Security, Wills & Probate, Personal Injury, Nevada Gaming Board, and Administrative Law). Watkins also served in the Nevada National Guard Reserve achieving the rank of Colonel-06 serving as the State Commander.

Trial Experience:

John G. Watkins has handled over 10,000 cases during his tenure; commenting “I have handled a fair number of jury trials and can’t remember them all. I have handled at least 500 bench trials. I was defense counsel on the Jessica Williams trial, which received national attention.”

John G. Watkins has over 45 reported opinions in from the Nevada Supreme Court, as well as presented cases in the United States Supreme Court notably Blanton et al vs. City of North Las Vegas, NV. and State Department of Motor Vehicles vs. McGuire

  • State Department of Motor Vehicles vs. Lovett
  • State Department of Motor Vehicles vs. Root
  • Langston vs. State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • State Department of Motor Vehicles vs. Long
  • State Department of Motor Vehicles vs. Rowland
  • Winters vs. State
  • Field vs. State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • State Department of Motor Vehicles vs. Kuemmerlin
  • State Department of Motor Vehicles vs. Madrigal
  • State Department of Motor Vehicles vs. Terracin
  • State Department of Motor Vehicles vs. Dist. Ct.
  • Wright vs. State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Weaver vs. State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • State vs. Williams
  • State of Nevada vs. Dist. Ct.
  • Shariff vs. Warner
  • Parsons vs. Dist. Ct.

These are just a few of his opinions from the Nevada State Supreme Court.

Work History Qualifications:

Watkins’ work history qualifies him to be a judge because he has handled over 100,000 cases without a single ethical complaint. Watkins also has the most appellate experience of all of the candidates competing for this seat providing me with unique knowledge of what is and isn’t admissible by law.

Watkins ran for the Nevada Assembly Seat 1 in a primary losing to Tom Collins. He did file in the open seat for District Court Department 8 in 2012, but did not actively campaign. Watkins waited to see if he would receive the appointment to the seat, but the appointment went to Judge Kerry Earley. Watkins received 39,000 votes without placing one sign or actively campaigning.

Watkins is exceptionally tenacious and comes to court prepared to the best of his abilities. He has numerous attorneys that seek out his advice on cases because of his extensive knowledge of Criminal Law. He is a people person and feels that what separates our great country from the rest is the U. S. Constitution. Our legal system thrives when both sides are on a level playing field, and he has dedicated his life to fairness and equality.

Watkins has not been subject to discipline by the bar.

Watkins said “I would do my best to see to it that my court starts on time and runs as efficiently as possible. I will hear all motions in a timely manner to minimize delays.”

We are excited to have John G. Watkins as Of Counsel with The Pariente Law Firm, P.C.


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