Donald Watkins

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Donald V. Watkins (1948 - ) of Birmingham, Alabama is an African-American lawyer and businessman. Watkins was divorced by DeAndra Y. Watkins, the mother of his four sons and daughter, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.


Watkins was a longtime attorney and confidant of Birmingham mayor Richard Arrington, creator of what some argue was the e most powerful political machine outside Chicago.

In addition to his legal career, Watkins received brief press for his failed attempts to purchase The Minnesota Twins[1] in 2002 and The Anaheim Angels[2] in 2003. His local business, First Highland Group LLC, was forced to file bankruptcy in 2013.

In 2005, Watkins became the only litigator to successfully defend a NYSE company CEO against Sarbanes-Oxley charges, a legal victory profiled in both Fortune magazine[3] and National Law Journal.

In March 2012, Watkins 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.