Joa Sherman



Joa Sherman graduated from Clark Atlanta University and then continued his education at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. While in law school Mr. Sherman worked in an entertainment law firm and handled recording contracts, side artist agreements and endorsement deals with many major recording labels.


Upon completion of the BAR exam Mr. Sherman worked as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Sherman matriculated through the DA’s office maintaining both a Criminal and a Juvenile docket. Upon leaving the Criminal District Attorneys Office Mr. Sherman worked at Laird-Valdez LLP, handling an array of cases which included family trials, criminal trials, and civil trials, as well as a countless number of hearings. 


Mr. Sherman has been a partner at Sherman Watkins PLLC since its opening June 1, 2011. Thought his time at the firm he has been dedicated to working diligently for the little man in and around the Greater Houston Area as well as throughout the entire state of Texas. Handling an array of cases from the smallest of misdemeanors to the highest of felonies as well as the simplest of uncontested/ agreed divorces to the most heavily contested divorce trial; all with an impeccable rate of success. Mr. Sherman’s primary areas of practice include Criminal, Juvenile, Family, and Entertainment Law. Mr. Sherman and Sherman Watkins PLLC has and will always remain to do business by their slogan "to give simple solutions to complex problems".

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

Admittance: 11/03/2006


Houston Bar Association

Galveston County Bar Association

Houston Young Lawyers Association

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