J.D., Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, Associate Editor, Cumberland Law Review; Cordell Hull Teaching Fellow; National Moot Court Team, 2001; M.B.A., Samford University School of Business, 2001; B.A. Millsaps College, cum laude, 1998
Latanishia Watters has developed a commercial litigation practice across a spectrum of focused practice areas including tort and insurance defense, fraud and bad faith litigation, business contract litigation, financial services litigation, bankruptcy litigation, and other business-to-business disputes. She represents insureds, insurers, financial institutions, bankruptcy trustees, creditors, and other business entities.
Ms. Watters is a graduate of the Leadership Birmingham Class of 2010. In recognition of her professional achievements and community service, in 2011, Ms. Watters was selected by the Birmingham Business Journal as one of Birmingham's "Top 40 Under 40" business leaders.
Locally, Ms. Watters has held a variety of professional leadership positions, including service as President of the Magic City Bar Association, Chair of the Birmingham Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee, and member of the BBA Women Lawyers Section Executive Board. On a national level, Ms. Watters was elected as the Assembly Speaker and Chief Legislative Officer for the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association; appointed as the Division's Assistant Diversity Director; and served as the Divisionís Alabama/Georgia District Representative where she was responsible for coordinating disaster legal services in partnership with FEMA. In addition, Ms. Watters was appointed Vice Chair of the Staff Counsel Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), and named to the TIPS Standing Committee on Diversity in the Profession, among her many national leadership positions.
Ms. Watters is active in the community and has served on several boards including the American Cancer Society and Girls, Inc. of Central Alabama. As President of the Girls, Inc. Junior Board, she spearheaded the non-profit's First Annual Cajun Cook-off Fundraiser, which raised over $50,000 for programs that serve over 8,000 youth annually.
Ms. Watters graduated cum laude from Millsaps College in 1998. She received her J.D. from Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in 2001, also earning an M.B.A. from Samford in 2001. During law school, she served as an Associate Editor of the Cumberland Law Review and as an extern for former Chief United States District Judge U.W. Clemon, Northern District of Alabama, and received special awards and recognition in legal research and writing and moot court advocacy. Most recently, Ms. Watters was named the Cumberland School of Law 2012 Outstanding Alumna of the Year.