George Washington University
Inga A. Watkins received her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1978 where she served on the Editorial Board of the International Law Journal. Ms. Watkins graduated with honors in political science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1975 where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of a literary magazine and was active in the performing arts. In 2002, Ms. Watkins ascended to the level of PhD ABD in conflict analysis and resolution at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.
Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Watkins conducted complex litigation involving safety and health regulations, labor and administrative law before federal courts and administrative tribunals and counseled government officials concerning rule-making, policy and procedure for the United States Department of Labor. Ms. Watkins subsequently formed the partnership of Brown, Brown and Watkins, a second generation law firm in Alexandria, Virginia where she specialized in civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution for the next fifteen years.
Prior to joining Bynum & Jenkins, Ms. Watkins served as in-house Counsel for Allstate Insurance Company, litigating contract, personal injury and insurance disputes and providing counsel to corporate officials. Ms. Watkins is a certified mediator and conflict resolution consultant and trainer. She has been retained by private parties and federal agencies and has been appointed by Courts to assist in the resolution of a wide spectrum of disputes and successfully negotiated the settlement of complex multi-party law suits on behalf of her own clients. Ms. Watkins serves as a mediator and arbitrator on national and state panels, including the National Arbitration Forum and the Northern Virginia Mediation Service.
Ms. Watkins has presented and served as a lecturer on Continuing Legal Education panels and at national and local professional conferences. Ms. Watkins is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law. She has also served as adjunct faculty at the George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College.
Ms. Watkins has served as president of the Old Dominion Bar Association and on the Board of Governors of the National Bar Association. She has also served on the boards of the Virginia Commission for Women and Minorities Under the Law; Unity Center of Washington D.C.; Friends of Women Prisoners; the Institute for Conflict Analyst and Resolution, served as a Member-Large on the Virginia State Bar Counsel, has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia to serve on numerous medical malpractice review panels for Circuit Courts in Virginia; and served on committees and special tasks forces for numerous other community and professional organizations. Ms. Watkins has been actively involved in numerous community organizations throughout her career and currently serves as General Counsel for Black Women United for Action which is involved in various projects of local, national and international scope and the community outreach committee of the Alexandria Bar Association. Ms. Watkins was honored by the Optimist Club with the Woman of Distinction Award and also received the Irene Ryan Award for Outstanding Achievement.