Associate Attorney

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Philip M. DeFatta

Phil DeFatta joined Watson McKinney in 2013 after graduating from the University of Alabama School of Law. He focuses on civil litigation in the areas of personal injury, business disputes, civil rights, and employment law, as well as domestic relations and estate planning.

Phil has had the opportunity to learn under two mentors, Rebekah McKinney and Buck Watson. Working with them has and continues to teach him about the practice of law, like no classroom. Because Watson McKinney is a small firm, Phil had the opportunity early on to work closely with each client, allowing him to make meaningful connections and tackle the more challenging aspects of each case.  This experience has put him well-ahead of his peers.

Q&A: What do you like most about the practice of law?

Having the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, making the ideal that America is a society based on law and justice a reality, the thinking and problem solving that goes into each case, and the fact that every case is a new story are what I enjoy most about the practice of law.

EDUCATION

J.D. 

University of Alabama School of Law(2012)

Banking, Corporate, Finance, & Securities 

University of Fribourg (2011)

B.S., Finance & Economics

Auburn University (2008)

Alabama (2012)

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama (2014)

BAR ADMISSIONS

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, Alabama State Bar Association

  • Member, Huntsville/Madison County Bar Association

  • Member, Huntsville/Madison County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section

  • Member, Alabama Association for Justice

  • Member, Alabama Association for Justice Emerging Leaders Section