Maynard Cooper & Gale and Nexsen Pruet have agreed to merge on April 1, 2023. Together we will be Maynard Nexsen.

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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, 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

  • 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)


State Bar: Alabama

  • 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, January 26, 2023

Maynard Represents Cloud Security and Engineering Company in Merger

Maynard Corporate attorneys Mike Johnson, Jonathan Mayhall, Andy Watson, Hardwick Walthall, and David Kinman recently served as lead transaction counsel to Fire Team Solutions, LLC (“Fire Team”) in its merger with Case Consulting, LLC (“Case Consulting”). Fire Team is a portfolio company of AE Industrial Partners Structured Solutions I, LP...

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Monday, August 22, 2022

200 Maynard Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023

Maynard is pleased to announce that 200 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, including 11 who are distinguished as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of expertise and 56 of the Firm’s younger attorneys who are recognized...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Maynard Represented Southern Research in $80 Million Sale of Engineering Division to Kratos Defense and Security Solutions

Maynard is proud to have represented Southern Research in the sale of their engineering division to Kratos Defense and Security Solutions in a carve-out transaction valued at $80 Million. Southern Research’s Engineering Division is now Kratos SRE within the parent company's defense and rocket support division. Based in Birmingham, Alabama...

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