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Matthew Ryan Watkins
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  • Associate Attorney

Location:

Overland Park, KS

Phone:

Fax:

913-647-0671

Email:

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Matt Watkins is an associate at McDonald Veon, P.A., based in Overland Park, Kansas. McDonald Veon, an AV and Best-rated firm, serves clients in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas. Mr. Watkins comes to McDonald Veon, P.A. from a successful early career in criminal law. He is an experienced trial attorney, obtaining both prosecution and defense acumen with over 40 jury trials taken to verdict.

Mr. Watkins was one of youngest court leads in the history of his previous county, ultimately rising to the level of Criminal Trial Director supervising multiple prosecution teams before being recruited by a prominent Texas criminal defense firm. His various responsibilities involved directing specialty programs, including mental health, animal cruelty, DWI/Drug Court, and Veteran's Treatment Court. Mr. Watkins was also responsible for training prosecutors about many aspects of their jobs, from plea negotiation to trial presentation. He was frequently asked to directly train new police recruits on courtroom testimony, even after leaving the prosecutor's office.

Matt Watkins received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas (2011). Mr. Watkins went on to obtain his Master of Arts in Political Science with a focus on constitutional law from the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas (2012). He was awarded his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law (2015). Mr. Watkins has been admitted to practice before the state courts in Kansas, Missouri and Texas.

Mr. Watkins is also a veteran. He spent 6 years in the United States Air Force Reserves, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant before becoming an attorney.

Areas Of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Health & Healthcare Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Criminal Law

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2015
  • Missouri, 2021
  • Kansas, 2021

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 2015
  • University of Texas, Arlington, Texas
    • B.A. - 2011
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Criminology and Criminal Justice

Litigation

  • 100%

Past Positions

  • Smith & Vinson Law Firm, Senior Associate, 2019 to 2021
  • Williamson County Attorney's Office, Criminal Trial Director, 2015 to 2019

Languages

  • English

Honors

  • Prosecutor of the Year, 2015-2016