Michael G. Watters
Mr. Watters is the firm’s senior litigation partner as well as the firm’s Administrative Partner. Mr. Watters specializes in all aspects of trial work, with emphasis on complex civil litigation, business litigation, employment litigation, family law, insurance defense including professional liability, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). He also defends professional licenses. He attended Hastings College of the Law, University of California, graduating with a J.D. in 1974.
He is a veteran of numerous Superior Court jury trials and a number of administrative law proceedings. Between 1994 and 1997, Mr. Watters was in trial more than 100 days in 10 cases in the following areas: family law, personal injury, business litigation, employment discrimination (2), bankruptcy, malicious prosecution, and legal malpractice. In each case, the firm’s clients prevailed except for the one day bankruptcy trial. More recently, in 2002, he was in trial for 20 days on three cases including business litigation (fraud in sale of a business) and two family law matters (setting aside a 14-year-old judgment based on duress and defeating a premarital agreement). In his insurance defense practice he has lost only one jury trial in his career. He has also handled numerous appeals and has a number of reported appellate decisions. These include cases in the area of attorney conduct.