Andy's Profile

Andy has a special matters practice that supports the Firm’s Government Solutions Group. Andy's experiences in transactional, financial, and regulatory matters include:

  • General Counsel Services – Legal and strategic business advice including Strategic Planning and Communications, Target Acquisition, Executive Hiring, and Incentive Plans
  • Contracts and Compliance Counsel – FAR Counsel, Bid Protests, Claims, Joint Venture Arrangements, Teaming Arrangements, Strategic Entity Formation, Negotiated Government IP Rights, Security Compliance, SBA Rules, and FAA Rules
  • Transaction/Finance Counsel – Mergers & Acquisitions, ESOP Financing, Bank/Borrower Counsel in Government Contractor Lending Transactions, State and Local Abatements, Economic Incentives, Bond/Issuer Counsel in Public Finance Transactions, USDA and SBA guaranteed loans

Prior to joining Maynard Cooper, Andy served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable C. Lynwood Smith, Jr., United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama from 1995-1996.

Andy's Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Corporate Law (2015-present); Government Contracts (2016-present); Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2018 - Present)
  • Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Corporate Law (2019), Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2022)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers for Business/Corporate Law (2016)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate Law (2013-2015)

Andy's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

Affiliations
  • American Bar Association, Public Contracts Section
  • Alabama Bar Association, Business Section
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Huntsville SOF Network
  • Huntsville Association of Small Businesses in Advanced Technology
  • National Contract Management Association
  • Madison County Bar Association, Past Secretary
Civic Involvement
  • Russel Hill Cancer Foundation, Board Member
  • Asha Kiran (Ray of Hope Women's Help Line)
  • National Children's Advocacy Center, Past Board Member
  • Huntsville Library Foundation Board, Past Board Member
  • First Presbyterian Church of Huntsville

Andy's Speaking Engagements

  • 3/21: "Selling a Government Contractor: Exit Strategies" - National Center For Simulation (Webinar)
  • 12/24/20: "The Journey to an ESOP" EP53 - Government Contractors as ESOPs - interview with ESOP attorney Andy Watson from Huntsville, AL (Podcast)
  • 05/11/20: "2020 Lunch & Learn - Government Contracts & Legal Perspectives" Huntsville/Madison County Chamber (Webinar)

Admissions

State Bar: Alabama

Education
  • University of Alabama School of Law
    • (1995, J.D., Alabama Law Review, Member; National Moot Court Team, Order of the Barristers)
  • University of Alabama
    • (1992, B.S.)

Thursday, August 19, 2021

179 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022

Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 179 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, including 17 who are distinguished as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of expertise and 48 of the Firm’s younger attorneys...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers© in America 2021

Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 76 practice areas listed...

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Monday, May 11, 2020

2020 Lunch & Learn - Government Contracts & Legal Perspectives

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