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William W. Watts, III


Direct: 251.432.5521
Fax: 251.432.0633
Email: www@helmsinglaw.com

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

William Watts has more than 30 years of experience as a trial and appellate litigator. He has handled numerous appeals in state and federal courts over the last 30 years, resulting in nearly 100 reported decisions. He has also focused his practice in the areas of environmental law and litigation and insurance law and litigation, as well as representing clients in a broad variety of other civil disputes, including intellectual property litigation, products liability, banking litigation, construction litigation, and personal injury litigation.
Mr. Watts is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Superlawyers/Alabama in the field of appellate law. He was selected as Mobile Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in 2012 and 2014-15.

EDUCATION
  • Amherst College, B.A.; Magna Cum Laude, 1974;
  • University of Southern California, J.D., 1980;
  • Member, Southern California Law Review, 1978-1980;
  • U.S.C. Chapter of the Order of the Coif (top 10% law school class).
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • State Bar of California, 1980
  • State Bar of Alabama, 1983
  • U.S. District Court
    • Southern District of Alabama, 1983
    • Middle District of Alabama, 1993
    • Northern District of Alabama, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1980
HONORS & AWARDS
  • Member, Southern California Law Review, 1978-1980
  • University of Southern California Chapter, Order of the Coif (top 10% law school class)
  • Listed in 2015 Super Lawyers/Alabama in field of appellate law
  • Listed Since 2009 in Best Lawyers in America in field of appellate law
  • Selected as Mobile Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in 2012 and 2014-15
  • AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings
  • Recognition for 100+ hours of civil legal assistance to low-income residents through MBA Volunteer Member, Southern California Law Review, 1978-1980
  • University of Southern California Chapter, Order of the Coif (top 10% law school class)
  • Listed in 2015 Super Lawyers/Alabama in field of appellate law
  • Listed Since 2009 in Best Lawyers in America in field of appellate law
  • Selected as Mobile Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in 2012 and 2014-15
  • AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings
  • Recognition for 100+ hours of civil legal assistance to low-income residents through MBA Volunteer Lawyers Program
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
  • Member, State Bar of Alabama (1983-present)
  • Member, State Bar of California (1980-present)
  • Member, Mobile County Bar Association
  • Member, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Chair, Mobile County Bar Appellate Practice Section (2012)
  • Member, State of Alabama Appellate Practice Section
  • President, Mobile Chapter of Christian Legal Society (2001-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program (2008 – 2013)
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • General Counsel and Board Member, Partners for Environmental Progress (2000-present)
  • General Counsel, Prichard Preparatory School (2013-present)
  • Board of Directors, Revision Ministries, Inc. (1996-present)
  • Member, Rotary Club of Mobile (1998-present)
  • Prison Ministry Leader, Loxley Work Release Correctional Center, Loxley, Alabama (2010-present)
  • International Staff Teacher, Kenya Ministry Training Institute (Katala, Kenya) (2003-present)
  • President, Mobile Chapter, Christian Legal Society (2001-present)
  • Mentor, Big Brother/Big Sister of South Alabama (2011-present)
  • Member/Teacher, Covenant Church of Mobile (1983-present)
PRACTICE AREAS
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate Transactions and Litigation
  • Insurance Defense, Coverage and Extra-Contractual Litigation
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