William “Trey” W. Watkins, Jr.


Trey Watkins is a shareholder in the Charleston office of Wall Templeton & Haldrup, P.A.  He received both his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of South Carolina.  He is an “AV Preeminent” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2021, has been named a Super Lawyer since 2021, and was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2013-2015.

His practice focuses primarily on Insurance defense including construction disputes, serious personal injury, and complex litigation.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Watkins worked in the surety industry as a Surety Bond Underwriter for Travelers.

He has been a lecturer and author on construction and surety industry topics for groups such as the Carolinas Associated General Contractors (CAGC), Lorman Education Services, and the American Bar Association. He is a past president of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association’s Young Lawyers and currently serves on its board and as a prior chair of its Trial Academy.  He has served on the South Carolina Bar’s Judicial Qualifications Committee to screen judicial candidates, and is a construction committee member for the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, and the South Carolina Bar.




William W. (“Trey”) Watkins, Jr.
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  • University of South Carolina (J.D., 2005)
  • University of South Carolina (B.S., 1998)
Admitted to Practice
  • South Carolina Supreme Court (2005)
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (2005)
  • U.S. District Court – District of South Carolina (2006)
Practice Area
Professional Activities
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance