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Charles Shinkle Watson

Charles Shinkle Watson

also known as Chuck Watson

Practice areas:

Wrongful Termination, Employment & Labor, Family, Divorce & Separation, Child Support

About Me

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!



Practice Areas

Licensed since 1983

  1. Wrongful Termination: 30%
    31 years, 250 cases
  2. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    20 years, 200 cases
  3. Family: 20%
    20 years, 150 cases
  4. Employment & Labor: 20%
    31 years, 200 cases
  5. Child Support: 10%
    20 years, 150 cases


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

15 total 

  • Jeannie Marie Ridings

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Jeannie Ridings Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Anthony Robert Scifo

    Mr. Watson has shown he is experienced and knowledgeable in regard to employment and labor law with his answers here on avvo. I would not hesitate to recommend this attorney.


    Anthony Scifo Guardianship Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Chuck Watson

206 S. Sixth Street, 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL, 62701



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198308/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2003

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerWatson Law2011 - Present
MemberWatson & Linder2009 - 2011
Sole PractitionerWatson Law1994 - 2009
AssociateFeldman & Wasser1991 - 1994
Assistant Attorney GeneralIllinois Attorney General1985 - 1991
AssociateMcConnel, Kennedy, Quinn & Jonston1983 - 1985


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Central District of Illinois Local Rules CommitteeMember2007 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1996 - Present
National Employment Lawyers Association (Illinois chapter)Member1996 - Present
Sangamon County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor with Honors1983
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1980

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know NowOverview of Discrimination and Harassment2013
IRS Form 1099 Reporting: What You Need to KnowRecent Developments in Employment Misclassification2012
9th Annual Employment Law UpdateIssues Unique to Harassment Cases2006
Employment Issues in IllinoisEmployment Law2000
Basic Wage & Hour Law CourseWage & Hour Litigation1999
Supervisory SeminarDiscrimination in the Workplace1997
Basic Wage & Hour LawWage and Hour Issues1997