Houston Murphy Watson II, Partner

Houston Murphy Watson II, Partner

Current Scope of Practice

Houston maintains both a litigation and transactional practice with BWA Law Group. Houston is licensed in both Texas and California (state and federal courts), specializing in the real estate, corporate, commercial, general business, intellectual property and financial arenas. He has handled countless complex matters from “cradle to grave” including all aspects of regulatory compliance work, land use (easements, CC&Rs) and real estate development transactions, mergers/acquisitions, entitlements, financing (capital acquisition, loan modifications and work outs), private placements, entity formation, creditor’s rights, collections, foreclosure matters, construction defect, residential and commercial leasing, intellectual property licensing, filings and litigation, and securities. Houston has also worked with carriers such as Travelers, Zurich and AIG. have represented institutional lenders with compliance matters and handled outside counsel as well.

In connection with his over 24 years of experience, Houston has acted as General Counsel to numerous commercial entities in California and Texas. Whether his services involve the representation of his corporate or real estate clients, the mark he leaves on every matter is that he gets the deal done quickly, efficiently and expertly. Finally, Houston has mediation, arbitration, jury trial and appellate experience and can wear both business and legal hats.

Representative Matters

While general counsel for a San Diego, California based beer manufacturer, Houston drafted and pushed through legislation allowing contract brewing in the State of Texas. Houston also successfully steered the company through a "bet the company" class action lawsuit and an intellectual property lawsuit with Anheuser Busch . Houston has extensive regulatory experience with the TTB and state alcohol beverage control boards. Houston has also acted as general counsel for a Dallas, Texas based holding company that operated approximately 200 restaurant franchises, coordinating the defense of numerous employee related and personal injury matters.

In connection with his private practice, Houston recently defended breach of fiduciary and professional negligence claims against an insurance broker being sued for over a million dollars which resulted in the client being dismissed without paying a dime. Houston has extensive intellectual property experience before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Houston has acted as lead counsel in countless commercial acquisition matters in excess of millions of dollars for both private developers and financial institutions. Houston has also successfully defended and settled a large number of product liability matters in throughout the country. Houston has litigated both sides of California's Compassionate Use Act in connection with real property disputes and implementation of its regulations.

Professional Affiliations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association Real Estate Section Chair  2009
  • San Diego County Bar Association Real Estate Section Executive Committee 2010
  • San Diego County Bar Association Advisory Board Corporate Law Section 2009
  • Toastmasters
  • US Mexico Bar Association
  • San Diego Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Strategic Trusted Advisors Group
  • Texas Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Licensed to practice before the United States District Courts of Texas (Northern, Western and Southern Districts) and California (Central and Southern Districts).


Houston obtained his B.B.A. (magna cum laude) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in 1987. While attending SMU, Houston received numerous academic awards and recognition including induction into SMU's exclusive Robert S. Hyer Society. Thereafter, Houston obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Northwestern University School of Law located in Chicago, Illinois, in 1990. 

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