The fourth generation of my family to lawyer in the State of Illinois, service to the client was a fundamental part of my upbringing. I watched daily as my Grandfather served the community and my Father struggle to make the right decision as a Circuit Judge. They taught me that you do it right or not at all.
Before law school, I married the wonderful Sarah Seiler, and we have been together over 30 years. Sarah is the executive Director of the Looking for Lincoln Coalition which administers the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.
Our oldest child, John, was born while I was in law school and our daughter, Elisabeth, came 5 years later. John is in college, after a stint in the US Marines and three deployments to Kuwait and Iraq. Lizzy is following the family passion for good food by working with Whole Foods in the St. Louis area.
I read, garden, and as one may infer from my profile picture - Cook!
Licensed since 1983
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1983||08/17/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Owner||Watson Law||2011 - Present|
|Member||Watson & Linder||2009 - 2011|
|Sole Practitioner||Watson Law||1994 - 2009|
|Associate||Feldman & Wasser||1991 - 1994|
|Assistant Attorney General||Illinois Attorney General||1985 - 1991|
|Associate||McConnel, Kennedy, Quinn & Jonston||1983 - 1985|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Central District of Illinois Local Rules Committee||Member||2007 - Present|
|National Employment Lawyers Association||Member||1996 - Present|
|National Employment Lawyers Association (Illinois chapter)||Member||1996 - Present|
|Sangamon County Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||1983 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1983 - Present|
|Drake University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor with Honors||1983|
|University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||Economics||BS - Bachelor of Science||1980|
|Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now||Overview of Discrimination and Harassment||2013|
|IRS Form 1099 Reporting: What You Need to Know||Recent Developments in Employment Misclassification||2012|
|9th Annual Employment Law Update||Issues Unique to Harassment Cases||2006|
|Employment Issues in Illinois||Employment Law||2000|
|Basic Wage & Hour Law Course||Wage & Hour Litigation||1999|
|Supervisory Seminar||Discrimination in the Workplace||1997|
|Basic Wage & Hour Law||Wage and Hour Issues||1997|