Before today's accusation for Donald Watkins, the Alabama-based lawyer was linked to a number of high-profile cases with similarly high-profile…
Before today’s accusation for Donald Watkins, the Alabama-based lawyer was linked to a number of high-profile cases with similarly high-profile customers, who often involved racial discrimination and bias claims.
Here’s a look at Watkins’ long and sometimes controversial story:
According to an online biography, Watkins was born on September 8, 1948, in Parsons, Kansas. He continued his degree from Alabama State University Laboratory School in 1966 before he received his bachelor’s degree 1970 from Southern Illinois University. He returned to the state to earn his legal degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1
973 and became one of the few African-American lawyers in the state.
Watkins father, Levi Watkins, was the president of the Alabama State University and family stressed education. Watkins siblings include Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr., the first African American graduated from Vanderbilt University and 1980, the first cardiac surgeon in the country to perform human implantation of the auto-implantable defibrillator. A sister is a concert pianist; Another brother is a senior surgeon.
Watkins made his fame and ability propensity in law and business.
Some reports have lowered their wealth around $ 1.5 billion, although the number is unrecognized.
Civil law cases
Vadkins first job outside the statute was at Fred Gray’s lawyer’s office in Montgomery, the same office representing the civil rights icon Rosa Parks in her case against Montgomery Bus Company. He opened his own office in Birmingham in 1979 while serving at Montgomery City Council. Later from 1985 to 1999, Watkins served as a special council to Richard Arrington Jr., Birmingham’s first black mayor.
One of his early high-profile cases included Clarence Norris, the last-known survivor Scottsboro Boys, nine African-American youths who were falsely accused in 1931 to rape two white girls in Paint Rock, Alabama. Watkins won Norris a complete and unconditional forgiveness from the state. Other high-profile cases followed – 1975’s unfortunate death with a black man killed by a Montgomery police officer. 1991 claims by Auburn University football player Eric Ramsey that he was offered cash to play football at school; 1996 Examination of U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemons, a case that ended with no charges brought against the Birmingham judgment.
The Auburn case was especially heading captivating in the sport-crazy state and made Watkins name a household in Alabama. As a result, Auburn coach Pat Dye was interrupted and resulted in the school being subject to trial.
Watkins also successfully represented Arrington after federal complaints about public corruption and bribery. In 2003, he also represented HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in a high-profile case of 85 fraud-related criminal cases. Scrushy went free and Watkins was called “The Man Who Saved Richard Scrushy” by Fortune.
Watkins was acclaimed nationally in the early 2000s over a series of efforts to become the first African American owner of a Major League Baseball team. He pursues Montreal Expos, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, California Angels and Minnesota Twins, all without success.
Watkins is involved in a number of companies, ranging from energy companies, technology companies and banks. His main task is the Chairman and CEO of Masada Resource Group, a global waste-to-ethanol fuel development company mentioned in the allegation.
In 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission called Watkins and companies that he controls with fraudulent professional athletes and other investors of millions of dollars. Among those who claimed they were dismissed by money was the NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who said he invested more than $ 4 million with the man he once considered his friend.
Watkins has denied allegations.
Watkins is a productive writer, often pencil on Facebook and his website www.donaldwatkins.com, and lastly he calls for justice in police shooting by a black man at Riverchase Gallery the night before Thanksgiving.
He is the father of four sons and one daughter, all adults. A son, Donald Watkins Jr., was accused next to his father.