Donald Watkins

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Donald V. Watkins (born 1948 - ) of Birmingham, Alabama is an African-American lawyer, banker and international entrepreneur. Watkins, who was formerly married to DeAndra Y. Watkins, is the father of four sons and a daughter. Watkins is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.


Watkins first came to widespread attention when he attempted to purchase The Minnesota Twins[1] in 2002 and The Anaheim Angels[2] in 2003, both professional baseball franchises.

In 2005, Watkins became the only litigator to successfully defend a New York Stock Exchange company CEO against Sarbanes-Oxley charges. This accomplishment was profiled in the July 2, 2005 edition of Fortune Magazine in an article headlined, “Donald Watkins: The Man Who Saved Richard Scrushy”.[3] Watkins’ role in the stunning victory in Scrushy’s case was also featured in the August 22, 2005 edition of the National Law Journal in an article titled, “Coming Back To Try One More”.

In March 2012, Watkins announced that he had signed an exclusive contract with the government of Namibia to mine uranium for sale to nuclear power stations worldwide.[4] In July 2012, Watkins announced that his Namibian energy company was awarded a petroleum exploration license by the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy.

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  1. ^ "Ventura To Watkins: Hip, Hip, Hooray!". CBS News: Eye on Sports. 2002-01-15. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Former slugger Canseco will pitch his own book". 2002-09-04. Retrieved 2007-05-08. 
  3. ^ John Helyar (2005-07-11). "The Man Who Saved Richard Scrushy". Voter News Network , Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  4. ^ "Ventura To Watkins: Hip, Hip, Hooray!". CBS News: Eye on Sports. 2002-01-15. Retrieved 2007-05-07.