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Joa Sherman



Mr. Joa Sherman has been a founding partner at Sherman Watkins PLLC since its inception in 2011 and has over 15 years of courtroom and trial experience as a former Assistant District Attorney and Criminal Defense Attorney.  Mr. Sherman has dedicated his legal profession to working diligently for the “little man” throughout the State of Texas.  


Mr. Sherman’s primary areas of practice include Criminal, Juvenile, and Family Law.  He has excelled in the courtroom getting thousands of his clients cases dismissed throughout the Greater Houston Area.  Mr. Sherman is a diligent trial attorney that has taken dozens of cases to jury verdicts; with an impeccable rate of success.  Mr. Sherman and Sherman Watkins PLLC has and will continue to do business by the mantra “giving simple solutions to complex problems”. 

Bachelors, Clark Atlanta University 2003
Juris Doctorate, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 2006

State Bar of Texas, 2006



United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

United States District Court for the Western District of Texas


Houston Bar Association

Galveston County Bar Association

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association

Galveston County Criminal Lawyers Association

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

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Tony Watkins



Mr. Gene “Tony” Watkins has a dynamic practice, covering both the criminal and civil arenas.  His practice, though primarily within Texas, has taken him across the country and he has handled cases dealing with Fortune 500 companies and against some of the country’s largest law firms.


In the civil realm, Mr. Watkins handles general civil litigation (e.g. breach of contract, deceptive trade practices act, business disputes), personal injury (automobile/18-wheeler accidents, premises liability) and Employment and Labor (ADA, TITLE VII, FLSA, ADEA). He has tried cases before, both bench and jury, with cases in both state and federal courts. Mr. Watkins has argued and drafted dispositive motions, mediated successful results for clients, as well as obtaining great results without trial via settlement. Though the majority of his work is on the trial level, Mr. Watkins has filed multiple appeals to the Federal Circuit. He has also been afforded the rare and distinguished opportunity of arguing before the Federal Circuit.


Mr. Watkins’ criminal practice is just as varied. He represents clients charged with misdemeanors all the way to high-level felonies. In addition to his state criminal work, he practices in the Federal Courts. He handles cases from inception to verdict, often getting them disposed of via arguing dispositive motions or flat-out dismissal.


Prior to co-founding Sherman Watkins PLLC, Mr. Watkins worked for boutique law firms as well as a prominent Plaintiff’s firm in Texas.


Tony is a zealot advocate who excels in written and oral advocacy. Routinely garnering greats results for his clients, whether the matter is big or small. 


Bachelors, University of Houston
Juris Doctorate, Thurgood Marshall School of Law

State Bar of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

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